Taliban Refuses Deadline Extension For Troop Pullout, Afghans Can't Leave
As tensions escalate over extending the deadline for evacuation of foreign nationals and Afghans from Taliban-ruled Afghanistan through Kabul Airport. The group’s spokesperson Zabihulla Mujahid has further stated that Afghans are no longer permitted to go to the airport.
The G-7 emergency meeting convened to discuss the Afghanistan situation is being chaired by the U.K. Among foreign policy coordination strategies will also be the question of extending the deadline for troop presence on ground. Earlier, Spain and the UK had stated that they would fail to evacuate everyone in case of the extension not materializing. There have been over 60,000 evacuations thus far in the mammoth operation that has been described as happening on a “war footing” by a ‘NATO diplomat’ according to Reuters. While Biden has asked Americans and the world to brace for a “hard and painful” evacuation in which things could still go wrong, German Foreign Minister stated that his country is working with Britain and the US to chalk out a plan to continue civilian flights after the military withdrawal is complete. The USA is said to be under pressure domesticall and its G-7 partners to initiate talks about extending the deadline.
Talibs aren't allowing food & fuel to get into Andarab valley. The humanitarian situation is dire. Thousands of women & children have fled to mountains. Since the last two days Talibs abduct children & elderly and use them as shields to move around or do house search.— Amrullah Saleh (@AmrullahSaleh2) August 23, 2021