Afghanistan crisis live updates: Taliban say ‘hundreds of fighters’ heading for holdout Panjshir Valley
Taliban denied the abduction of over 150 people, mostly Indians, from an area close to the Hamid Karzai International Airport on Saturday. Afghan media clarified that all Indian citizens were safe in Kabul and their documents were being processed for evacuation. Stay with TOI for all the latest developments
Crowds have massed at the gates outside the airport. It’s an incredibly volatile situation, it’s an incredibly fluid situation. We’ve seen wrenching images of people hurt, even killed that hit you in the gut. And it’s very important to make sure to the best of our ability, because it’s such a volatile situation, that we do something about the crowding at the gates of the airport, and that’s exactly what we’re doing,” Blinken told Fox News in an interview.
US activates commercial planes to aid evacuees after Afghanistan
The United States will use 18 commercial aircraft to help transport people who have been evacuated from Afghanistan, moving them from temporary locations after they have landed from Kabul, the Pentagon said on Sunday. The move highlights the difficulty Washington is having in carrying out the evacuation of U.S. citizens and at-risk Afghans following the Taliban’s swift takeover, marking the third time the U.S. military has employed civilian aircraft.