Kabul| Foreign Flights again start from Kabul after US pull out1

Afghanistan: The first foreigner flight flew from Kabul after the US withdrawal. The flight took more than 100 people from Kabul to Doha, the capital of Qatar.

Dozens of international passengers – including British nationals – have flown from Kabul for the first time since the US troops left the country.

Qatar Airways charter flight landed in the Qatari capital Doha on Thursday, with the second flight on Friday.

US Secretary of State Anthony Blanken called for help during the recent visit to Qatar.

Foreign Flights again start from Kabul after US pull out
Foreign Flights again start from Kabul after US pull out.

Hundreds of Afghans who helped the US military were unable to get off the plane last month.

There were 113 people on board, Reuters news agency reported.

Dominic Raab, Britain’s foreign secretary, said 13 British citizens had arrived in Doha and thanked Qatar for facilitating the flight.

The White House issued a statement confirming that American citizens had flown, and thanked Qatar, saying the flight was the result of “careful and rigorous diplomacy and engagement.”

He said the Taliban were “business and professional” in helping American citizens get out.

Canada also confirmed that 43 of its citizens were on board the flight, while the Netherlands said it had 13 on board.

At a press conference at the airport, Qatari special envoy Mutlaq bin Majid al-Qahtani called Kabul International Airport operational and said it was a historic day for Afghanistan.

The flights were the first to take off since the Taliban took control of the country on August 15 and ended a rapid US-led withdrawal last month.

More than 124,000 foreigners and Afghans fled the country in fear of Taliban retaliation.

About 100 Americans were dropped off in Afghanistan before the flight.

Journalist Beaten

Pictures of two journalists covering the protests on Wednesday have also surfaced.

He was reportedly killed after being captured by the Taliban in Kabul.

“A Taliban put their feet on my head, crushed my face with concrete,” photographer Nematullah Naqdi told AFP. “They kicked me in the head … I thought they would kill me.”

Mr Naqdi and his partner were covering a women’s protest in front of a police station.

The Taliban have banned protests without the permission of the Ministry of Justice.

Dozens of protesters gathered near the Pakistani embassy in Kabul, chanting “We want freedom,” and Taliban gunmen opened fire to disperse them, protesters said.

Local media also reported another women’s protest in Kapisa Province, northeast of Kabul. Sources told Aam News that several women have been arrested.

BBC Dari heard about the protests from several Afghans.

“It is our right to protest,” said Hasina, who hails from Kabul. “Now that we know what the Taliban mean by their new cabinet, we will protest. They kept saying that women should wait until the Taliban announce their new cabinet. There is not a single woman in the cabinet.” Is.”

But Alaza, from the southern province of Helmand, called on other countries to recognize the Taliban government.

“If that happens, our lives will be much easier. If the protests continue and the Taliban suppress them, the international community will not recognize the new Taliban government, and do you know who will suffer?” the people.”

Dozens of women in Kabul and the northeastern province of Badakhshan on Wednesday protested against the formation of an all-men interim government.

Some women who demanded the inclusion of women ministers in the government were allegedly beaten before the protests broke out.

Three people were killed during a protest rally in the western city of Herat on Tuesday. The Taliban has denied any involvement in the violence.

Meanwhile, there are reports that the Internet has been temporarily shut down in parts of Kabul.

Afghan journalist Bilal Sarwari tweeted that several sources in the telecom sector had confirmed that the Taliban had ordered a temporary halt to mobile phone internet coverage in several districts.

Journalist Habib Khan later tweeted that the internet had been restored in the city.

Foreign Flights again start from Kabul after US pull out
Foreign Flights again start from Kabul after US pull out

Separately, social media footage has surfaced from the Panjshir Valley claiming that the shrine of former anti-Taliban leader Ahmad Shah Massoud has been desecrated.

The Taliban said on Tuesday that they had taken the Valley – the last area of ​​Afghanistan that protested against their rule – from the Afghanistan National Resistance Front. The NRF, led by Ahmad Shah Masood’s son, said they would continue to fight.

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At Balkh Airfield in the Mazar-e-Sharif region of northern Afghanistan, Taliban fighters take pictures of a Russian-made MI-17 helicopter.

Top Taliban officials are on board. Sitting in the cockpit is his former enemy: the old Afghan Air Force pilot.

Maulvi Abdullah Mansoor, the Taliban commander in charge of the airfield, showed me around the fleet he now controls. This includes attack helicopters and fighter jets donated by the international forces to the previous government.

Under the old government, planes were often used to target groups. It is not clear how they will be used now that the war is over. “They are here if we ever need them in the future,” Mansoor said.

A girl at a second-hand market in Mazar-e-Sharif, Afghanistan, has been forced to sell her wares to some Afghans so that they can meet their needs.

When the Taliban advanced across Afghanistan before the August victory, dozens of pilots fled the country in fear of their lives. But others continued and now work under the leadership of the Taliban, reassured, with the assurance of a general amnesty.

I ask Maulvi Mansoor how it feels now to work with the men he was fighting against. “We always knew in our hearts that we would conquer and liberate the country,” he said, “but we also knew that one morning we would work together because they are our compatriots.”

Sitting next to him is Gul Rehman, a helicopter pilot. He appears cautious in his responses, insisting that once he heard about the Taliban’s pardon, he was never afraid to return to work.

“It was inevitable that it would happen one day,” he says. “We never thought we could go our separate ways forever.”

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