Kabul airport WILL reopen today as security is drafted in amid fears ISIS could carry out attack 

Kabul airport will reopen on Tuesday, US officers have vowed, as additional security is drafted in to handle the evacuation of hundreds of overseas nationals and Afghans making an attempt to flee Taliban rule amid mounting fears that Islamic State could commit a terror atrocity in the nation. 

Joe Biden defended the US withdrawal from Afghanistan, 20 years after NATO forces invaded the nation and toppled the Taliban regime following the September 11, 2001 assaults, as he blamed Donald Trump and the Afghan security companies for the anarchy engulfing the nation.

Speaking from the White House, the US President – who had returned from his ‘trip’ at Camp David – instructed the American nation that the Taliban’s astonishing sweep to energy and seizure of the capital metropolis Kabul this month had occurred ‘extra shortly’ than he had anticipated. 

His tackle got here as Americans woke as much as photos of terrified Afghans plummeting from the engines of an airborne US Air Force C-17 jet above Hamid Karzai International Airport, as a whole bunch of different determined locals tried to flee the theocratic rule of the Taliban.

The airport was pressured to shut and evacuation flights halted after not less than eight folks have been killed, together with two shot useless by US troops, three run over by taxiing planes and the three who fell a whole bunch of toes.

But in a push to safe the airport, Britain and the US deployed one other 200 and 1,000 troopers respectively on Monday. The deployments take the totals to round 900 and 6,000 respectively, with many troops anticipated to be on patrols to assist protecting the capital’s airport secure. 

It is understood there are rising Anglo-US considerations that Islamists could exploit security lapses on the airport with suicide bombings – with the danger of an attack by the Khorasan Province wing of Islamic State nice sufficient for it to be mentioned at Monday’s emergency Cobra assembly in Downing Street. The challenge has additionally been raised in Ministry of Defence planning conferences, the Telegraph reported. 

Speaking concerning the clashes at Hamid Karzai International Airport on Monday, one defence supply instructed the paper: ‘If you might be in the Pentagon or the MoD you’re looking on the scenes and considering: ‘That is a tragic lack of life, however what if that was an IS-KP suicide bomber?”  

A Pentagon official stated that US troops had come underneath hearth on the airfield and grounded all flights whereas troopers cleared the airfield with Apache helicopters and fired ‘warning pictures’ to disperse the crowds. Flights resumed after 90 minutes however have been suspended once more after a security breach on the civilian facet of the airport, a Pentagon spokesperson stated.   

The C-17 can carry 171,000 kilos of cargo however its inside is designed to carry fewer than 150 troopers. It is unclear who precisely was on board and what number of Americans stay on the bottom. However, a flight-tracker confirmed the jet was flown to the Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar. 

A Pentagon spokesperson stated 3,000 troopers can be on the bottom on the airport by Tuesday to assist with the evacuation efforts, with an additional 3,000 troops arriving later this week. However, the shambolic scenes additional humiliated the US and its NATO powers, with a lot of the Anglo-US media and political class branding the withdrawal the ‘greatest overseas coverage catastrophe’ since Suez.  

US media stated the ‘debacle of the US defeat and chaotic retreat in Afghanistan’ was a ‘political catastrophe’ and slammed the President’s ‘failure to orchestrate an pressing and orderly exit’. A New York Post editorial even stated his claims that he ‘inherited’ Trump’s withdrawal plans have been a ‘lie’ and branded the disaster state of affairs ‘as humiliating an finish as the rooftop scramble in Saigon in 1975’.  

The head of German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s celebration, Armin Laschet, known as it the ‘greatest NATO debacle’ for the reason that founding of the alliance, whereas MPs accused Prime Minister Boris Johnson of a ‘shameful’ silence and questioned if he did sufficient to discourage President Biden from withdrawing US troops. 

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres stated he was ‘involved’ by accounts of human rights violations towards the ladies and ladies of Afghanistan who worry a return to the darkest days’ of the Nineteen Nineties when the Taliban got here to energy after the Civil War and imposed a brutal theocracy. 

Afghanistan’s consultant to the UN Security Ghulam Isaczai instructed a gathering of the 5 powers – the US, Britain, China, Russia and France – on Monday that ‘there are already experiences of goal killings and looting in the town’.  ‘Kabul residents are reported that the Taliban have already began house-to-house searches in some neighbourhoods, registering names and searching for folks in their goal record,’ he added.   

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has additionally come underneath hearth from critics and political rivals for hightailing out of the nation as the Taliban stormed the Presidential Palace final night time. The Russian Embassy claimed that he had fled in a helicopter full of money. His whereabouts stay unknown. 

It comes as: 

  • President Biden defended the US withdrawal from Afghanistan and blamed Trump for Taliban takeover; 
  • Taliban fighters have been seen patrolling the streets of Kabul as hundreds of hopeful Afghans gathered on the runway at Hamid Karzai airport making an attempt desperately to flee from Afghanistan;   
  • Defence Minister Ben Wallace choked up as he vowed to fly a whole bunch of determined Afghans out of the nation inside the subsequent 36 hours – however insisted sending UK troops again in is not ‘on the playing cards’; 
  • Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab defended being on vacation, saying the entire world was ‘taken unexpectedly’;
  • Emmanuel Macron vowed to halt the anticipated inflow of Afghan migrants coming to mainland Europe;
  • Russian officers stated they have been in contact with the Taliban in Afghanistan through its Embassy in Kabul; 
  • The US ambassador and embassy employees fled Afghanistan after Taliban forces stormed Kabul in scenes likened to the 1975 evacuation of its mission in Saigon; 
  • PM Boris Johnson stated stated the US choice to withdraw from Afghanistan had ‘accelerated’ the disaster; 
  • Tory MPs known as fallout from Anglo-US withdrawal ‘Britain’s worst overseas coverage catastrophe since Suez’;
  • MPs are anticipated to to vent their anger and frustration after they return to Westminster on Wednesday for an emergency recall of Parliament to debate the disaster.
Thousands of Afghans are trying to get on to flights out of the capital following the Taliban's seizure of the city. A US soldier is pictured aiming his weapon at a passenger at Kabul airport

Thousands of Afghans try to get on to flights out of the capital following the Taliban’s seizure of the town. A US soldier is pictured aiming his weapon at a passenger at Kabul airport

Afghan people climb atop a KamAir plane grounded at Hamid Karazi airport as they wait at the Kabul airport in Kabul on Monday

Afghan folks climb atop a KamAir airplane grounded at Hamid Karazi airport as they wait on the Kabul airport in Kabul on Monday

Footage from Hamad Karzai airport showed hundreds of people running alongside - and in front of - a US Air Force plane preparing to take off

Footage from Hamad Karzai airport confirmed a whole bunch of individuals operating alongside – and in entrance of – a US Air Force airplane making ready to take off

Afghans desperately tried to climb onto the rear right wheel of the US Air Force C-17 in a last ditch attempt to flee the country after the Taliban swept to power

Afghans desperately tried to climb onto the rear proper wheel of the US Air Force C-17 in a final ditch try to flee the nation after the Taliban swept to energy

Footage published by Afghan outlet Aśvaka showed three stowaways falling to the deaths after clinging on to the wheels of a military plane as it took off from Kabul airport

Footage printed by Afghan outlet Aśvaka confirmed three stowaways falling to the deaths after clinging on to the wheels of a navy airplane as it took off from Kabul airport

Senior US military officials said troops shot and killed two armed Afghans among those trying to get onto the jet while US citizens were evacuated in two separate incidents

Senior US navy officers stated troops shot and killed two armed Afghans amongst these making an attempt to get onto the jet whereas US residents have been evacuated in two separate incidents

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Image of British residents and twin nationals residing in Afghanistan being evacuated from Afghanistan to the UK

Video posted later appeared to show residents collecting the bodies of three stowaways, who reportedly fell from an airborne plane, from a roof in Kabul

Video posted later appeared to point out residents accumulating the our bodies of three stowaways, who reportedly fell from an airborne airplane, from a roof in Kabul

The US Embassy has been evacuated and the American flag lowered, with diplomats relocating to the airport in scenes reminiscent of the evacuation of the embassy of Saigon in 1975. Other Western countries have also closed their missions and are flying out staff and civilians after the Taliban walked into Kabul's presidential palace

The US Embassy has been evacuated and the American flag lowered, with diplomats relocating to the airport in scenes harking back to the evacuation of the embassy of Saigon in 1975. Other Western nations have additionally closed their missions and are flying out employees and civilians after the Taliban walked into Kabul’s presidential palace

US military Apache helicopters flew low over crowds of desperate people at Kabul airport

Troops tried to control crowds of thousands of Afghans desperate to escape the country after the Taliban takeover

US navy Apache helicopters flew low over crowds of determined folks at Kabul airport in an try to clear them out of the best way for a USAF airplane taxiing behind 

A satellite image shows crowds of Afghans gathered on the tarmac at Hamid Karzai airport on Monday as they desperately try to board the last flights out of Kabul

A satellite tv for pc picture reveals crowds of Afghans gathered on the tarmac at Hamid Karzai airport on Monday as they desperately attempt to board the final flights out of Kabul

At least five people have been killed at Kabul airport as thousands of people desperately try to flee the country

Witnesses said it was not clear whether the victims were killed by gunshots or in a stampede

At least 5 folks have been killed at Kabul airport as hundreds of individuals tried desperately to get on flights out of Afghanistan amid more and more chaotic scenes. Witnesses stated it was not clear whether or not the victims have been killed by gunshots or in a stampede

Thousands of Afghans scaled the walls of Hamid Karzai International Airport desperate to get on the last flights out of the country before the Taliban impose their rule. The group have been shooting at people trying to clamber their way into the airport

Thousands of Afghans scaled the partitions of Hamid Karzai International Airport determined to get on the final flights out of the nation earlier than the Taliban impose their rule. The group have been taking pictures at folks making an attempt to clamber their means into the airport

Hopeful Afghan passengers wait at Kabul airport as hundreds of US and UK citizens are evacuated following the Taliban's swift campaign

Hopeful Afghan passengers wait at Kabul airport as a whole bunch of US and UK residents are evacuated following the Taliban’s swift marketing campaign

US soldiers stand guard as desperate Afghans try to board flights at Hamid Karzai International Airport on Monday

US troopers stand guard as determined Afghans attempt to board flights at Hamid Karzai International Airport on Monday

In a stunning rout, the Taliban seized nearly all of Afghanistan in just over a week, despite the billions of dollars spent by the US and NATO over nearly two decades to build up Afghan security forces

In a shocking rout, the Taliban seized practically all of Afghanistan in simply over every week, regardless of the billions of {dollars} spent by the US and NATO over practically 20 years to construct up Afghan security forces

President Joe Biden speaks about Afghanistan from the East Room of the White House, August 16, 2021

President Joe Biden speaks about Afghanistan from the East Room of the White House, August 16, 2021

Defence Secretary Ben Wallace breaks down as he admits ‘some folks will not get again’ from Afghanistan 

Ben Wallace choked up today as he vowed to fly a whole bunch of determined Afghans out of the nation inside the subsequent 36 hours – however insisted sending UK troops again in is not ‘on the playing cards’.

The Defence Secretary was overcome with emotion as he talked concerning the penalties of the collapse of the Western-trained Afghan military, after the Taliban walked into Kabul and took cost of the presidential palace. 

He stated the disaster had turn into inevitable after a deal was struck with the extremists and the US pulled out, and the main focus was now on evacuating interpreters and others who may be topic to reprisals.

But he conceded that ‘some folks will not get again’. ‘It is unhappy the West has accomplished what it has accomplished,’ he stated. ‘Twenty years of sacrifice.. is what it is.’  

Mr Wallace – who himself served in the navy earlier than getting into politics – stated he felt the problem so deeply as a result of he was a soldier. 

The British Ministry of Defence confirmed the primary UK nationals landed at RAF base Brize Norton early on Monday as 60 nations issued a joint plea to the Taliban to permit civilians to flee forward of EU overseas ministers maintain disaster talks through video-link on Tuesday. 

But an emotional Defence Secretary Ben Wallace conceded that ‘some folks will not get again’. Around 4,000 British nationals and eligible Afghans are regarded as in Kabul and in want of evacuation.

James Rogers, Director of Research on the Council on Geostrategy, instructed MailOnline: ‘The choice to depart Afghanistan was inevitable; the best way that has been carried out is a shambles. 

‘We’ve successfully handed victory to the Taliban on a plate. At this level, as the Prime Minister has stated, we have to guarantee Afghanistan doesn’t turn into a secure haven for jihadi terrorists. 

‘More strategically, we have to query our lack of ability to behave competently on the world stage with out the US – or, in this case, when the US decides to depart its allies in the lurch.’ 

Some 700 UK personnel are deployed on the airport, with Mr Wallace insisting the important thing areas are nonetheless safe regardless of chaotic scenes and experiences of a number of folks being killed after they fell from plane. The US has 5,000 troops in place.

The Taliban swept into the capital on Sunday after the Western-backed authorities collapsed and Ghani fled the nation ‘to keep away from bloodshed’, bringing a shocking finish to a two-decade marketing campaign in which the US and its allies had tried to remodel the nation.  

The US Embassy has been evacuated and the American flag lowered, with diplomats relocating to the airport in scenes harking back to the evacuation of the embassy of Saigon in 1975. Other Western nations have additionally closed their missions and are flying out employees and civilians.  

Almost all main checkpoints in Kabul have been underneath Taliban management by Monday morning and Afghanistan’s Civil Aviation Authority issued an advisory saying the ‘civilian facet’ of the airport had been ‘closed till additional discover’ and that the navy managed the airspace. 

Early Monday morning, flight-tracking information confirmed no quick business flights over the nation.

Video from Afghanistan’s parliament constructing confirmed Taliban fighters getting into the primary chamber. The grainy footage confirmed fighters carrying weapons sitting at a desk on the head of the chamber underneath the federal government’s seal, with some smiling and posing for images. 

It comes after officers  promised civilians wouldn’t be harmed and introduced everybody can be allowed to return dwelling from Kabul airport in the event that they determined to remain in the nation. The Taliban beforehand stated westerners can be allowed to depart the nation however that Afghans can be barred from departing.  

Scramble to evacuate as UK pledges visas 

Afghans whose lives are in danger from the Taliban will be capable to come to Britain.

Government sources stated the Home Office will arrange a particular new visa route for these fleeing turmoil in the nation.

‘We will be certain there is a bespoke route for Afghans in want,’ stated a Home Office supply. ‘We’ll be certain that we’re main the world on that.’

Exact particulars of the resettlement scheme had not been finalised final night time however the supply insisted it will be ‘beneficiant’.

It is understood that the visa scheme can be carefully primarily based on an current venture run from 2014 to March this yr that introduced 20,000 Syrians to the UK with refugee standing.

The UN is calling for an instantaneous finish to violence in Afghanistan and urging the worldwide group to unite to make sure that the human rights of all folks, particularly girls and ladies, are revered.

Mr Guterres stated ‘the world is following occasions in Afghanistan with a heavy coronary heart and deep disquiet about what lies forward’ and with the nation’s future and the hopes and desires of a technology of younger Afghans in the steadiness, the approaching days ‘can be pivotal.’

At this ‘grave hour,’ the secretary-general urged all events, particularly the Taliban, ‘to train utmost restraint to guard lives and to make sure that humanitarian wants will be met.’

Mr Guterres stated the UN continues to have employees and workplaces in areas now underneath Taliban management, and which to this point have been revered. ‘Above all, we are going to keep and ship in help of the Afghan folks in their hour of want.’

‘We can not and should not abandon the folks of Afghanistan,’ he stated.

Afghanistan’s consultant Ghulam M Isaczai stated officers have been ‘extraordinarily involved concerning the Taliban not honouring their guarantees and commitments made in their statements at Doha and different worldwide boards.

‘We’ve witnessed again and again how Taliban have damaged their guarantees and commitments in the previous. We’ve seen ugly footage of Taliban’s mass executions, of navy personnel and goal killing of civilians in Kandahar and different large cities.

”We can not enable this to occur in Kabul, which has been the final refuge for many individuals escaping violence and Taliban’s revenge assaults. 

‘Kabul residents are reported that the Taliban have already began house-to-house searches in some neighbourhoods, registering names and searching for folks in their goal record. 

‘There are already experiences of goal killings and looting in the town. Kabul residents live in absolute worry proper now. There is no time for blame sport. We have a possibility to forestall additional violence, forestall Afghanistan descending right into a civil warfare and changing into a pariah state.

‘Therefore, the security council and the UN secretary basic ought to use each means at its disposal to name for an instantaneous succession of violence, respect for human rights and worldwide humanitarian legislation.’ 

Footage showed desperate Afghans trying to climb onto grounded planes at Hamid Karzai airport

People desperately try to flee after the Taliban took Kabul on Sunday

Footage confirmed determined Afghans making an attempt to climb onto grounded planes at Kabul’s Hamid Karzai airport after the Taliban swept the town

US troops fired shots into the air at Kabul airport today as desperate Afghans climbed up the outside of airbridges trying to flee as the Taliban took control of Afghanistan

US troops fired pictures into the air at Kabul airport today as determined Afghans climbed up the skin of airbridges making an attempt to flee as the Taliban took management of Afghanistan

Video posted social media showed hundreds of people trying to climb the outside of airbridges to board commercial liners grounded in Hamad Karzai airport

 Video posted social media confirmed a whole bunch of individuals making an attempt to climb the skin of airbridges to board business liners grounded in Hamad Karzai airport

Thousands of Afghans scaled the walls of Hamid Karzai International Airport desperate to get on the last flights out of the country before the Taliban impose their rule. The group have been shooting at people trying to clamber their way into the airport

Thousands of Afghans scaled the partitions of Hamid Karzai International Airport determined to get on the final flights out of the nation earlier than the Taliban impose their rule. The group have been taking pictures at folks making an attempt to clamber their means into the airport

Hundreds of desperate Afghans scaled the walls of Kabul airport

Afghans were trying to escape before the Taliban imposes its brutal rule

Hundreds of determined Afghans scaled the partitions of Kabul airport making an attempt to flee earlier than the Taliban imposes its brutal rule

US troops fired shots in the air at Hama Karzai airport to prevent hundreds of civilians running onto the tarmac after they took control of the airport in Kabul and the country's air traffic control

US troops fired pictures in the air at Hama Karzai airport to forestall a whole bunch of civilians operating onto the tarmac after they took management of the airport in Kabul and the nation’s air visitors management

US troops are guarding the airport and have taken over air traffic control, but all non-military flights are grounded

Early Monday morning, flight-tracking data showed no immediate commercial flights over the country even as thousands of Afghans flooded Kabul airport

US troops are guarding the airport and have taken over air visitors management, however all non-military flights are grounded. Early Monday morning, flight-tracking information confirmed no quick business flights over the nation even as hundreds of Afghans flooded Kabul airport

Hundreds of Afghans desperately scaled the walls of Hamid Karzai international airport in Kabul as they try to flee the country

Hundreds of Afghans desperately scaled the partitions of Hamid Karzai worldwide airport in Kabul as they attempt to flee the nation

People swarmed to Kabul's Hamid Karzai airport on Monday hoping to flee the country after the Taliban's stunningly swift capture of much of Afghanistan

People swarmed to Kabul’s Hamid Karzai airport on Monday hoping to flee the nation after the Taliban’s stunningly swift seize of a lot of Afghanistan

Desperate Afghans were seen chasing US military C-17s

The evacuation flights took off from Kabul airport on Monday

Desperate Afghans have been seen chasing US navy C-17s as the evacuation flights took off from Kabul airport on Monday

Hundreds of desperate people are seen around grounded planes at Kabul airport in this satellite image

Hundreds of determined individuals are seen round grounded planes at Kabul airport in this satellite tv for pc picture

Commercial flights have been suspended, with only military flights allowed in and out of the Afghan capital. Thousands of people have descended on the airport hoping to somehow get onboard a plane

Commercial flights have been suspended, with solely navy flights allowed in and out of the Afghan capital. Thousands of individuals have descended on the airport hoping to in some way get onboard a airplane

Afghan passengers sit inside a plane as they wait to leave Kabul airport although all commercial flights have been grounded, with only military aircraft being allowed in and out

Afghan passengers sit inside a airplane as they wait to depart Kabul airport though all business flights have been grounded, with solely navy plane being allowed in and out 

‘The complete world was taken unexpectedly’: Dominic Raab defends being on vacation throughout Afghanistan meltdown – as MOD confirms 200 extra UK troops can be despatched to Kabul 

Dominic Raab today defended being on vacation whereas Afghanistan plunged into chaos – saying the entire world was ‘taken unexpectedly’ – as the MoD confirmed an additional 200 UK troops are to be despatched to Kabul to help with the evacuation effort.

The Foreign Secretary insisted he was in contact with occasions all through his break, believed to be in the Mediterranean, as the state of affairs dramatically escalated over latest days with the Taliban regaining energy.

He arrived again in the UK final night time, as extremist fighters posed in the presidential palace in Kabul, and took half in the emergency assembly of ministers and officers this lunchtime.

A Ministry of Defence (MoD) spokesman instructed MailOnline there’ll shortly be 900 British personnel in Kabul, comprised of 16 Air Assault Brigade, Logistics, Medics and RAF.

There had been round 100 UK personnel in the area roughly every week in the past, earlier than the explosion in Taliban advances all through the nation.

But the MoD today confirmed that one other 600 had been ordered to the area, and now one other 200 are being dispatched. The spokesman stated the plan was to have all British nationals evacuated by the tip of the month, flying out greater than 1,000 day-after-day.

More than 300 folks – together with Britons and Afghans eligible for settlement – have been evacuated to this point.

After attending the third assembly of the Cobra emergency committee in simply 4 days, Mr Raab stated ‘trendy’ communications meant he could be in ‘direct management’ of the Foreign Office from anyplace.

Ghani fled the nation on Sunday night time as the insurgents encircled the capital – saying he wished to keep away from bloodshed – capping a navy victory that noticed them seize all cities in simply 10 days.

In a Facebook publish, Ghani stated he had left the nation to keep away from clashes with the Taliban that might endanger thousands and thousands of Kabul residents. Some social media customers branded Ghani, who didn’t disclose his location, a coward for leaving them in chaos. Al-Jazeera reported he had flown to Uzbekistan, citing his private bodyguard.

‘The Taliban have received with the judgement of their swords and weapons, and at the moment are liable for the honour, property and self-preservation of their countrymen,’ Ghani stated after fleeing.

Taliban officers stated that they had acquired no experiences of any clashes anyplace in the nation: ‘The state of affairs is peaceable,’ one official stated. The Taliban management 90 p.c of state buildings and fighters had been instructed to forestall any harm, the official added.

Scenes of panic unfold throughout the nation on Monday as hundreds of Afghans desperately attempt to flee Afghanistan earlier than the Taliban’s brutal guidelines are applied. Refugees massed at borders, with footage from Afghanistan’s border with Pakistan displaying a whole bunch of individuals queuing in an try to depart.   

‘Today is a fantastic day for the Afghan folks and the mujahideen. They have witnessed the fruits of their efforts and their sacrifices for 20 years,’ Mohammad Naeem, the spokesman for the Taliban’s political workplace, instructed Al Jazeera TV. ‘Thanks to God, the warfare is over in the nation.’

Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, who fought in the Soviet-Afghan War in the course of the Nineteen Eighties and helped ex-chief Mohammad Omar create the Taliban in 1994, is thought prone to be put in as the top of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, in keeping with experiences in the Arab world.  

Former Afghan President Hamid Kharzai tried to reassure these left in Kabul in a video message: ‘To the folks of Kabul, I, my daughters and my household are right here with you. My want is that the issues of our nation and capital could be solved with peaceable dialogue and negotiations.

‘I would like the Taliban forces, wherever you might be, to offer security to the folks and take note of protect folks’s lives. I counsel all of the folks to remain in your houses. We try to speak with the management of Taliban to unravel the issues of the folks of Afghanistan via dialogue and brotherhood, for the sake of our nation.’

Afghanistan’s Paralympic group have already introduced they won’t take part in Tokyo Games because of the closure of Kabul airport amid the worsening political state of affairs in nation. 

Britain will evacuate a whole bunch of British nationals and eligible Afghan nationals day-after-day, and flights out of Afghanistan will proceed for as lengthy as it is secure, Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s spokesman stated on Monday. 

‘I’d say not less than a whole bunch day-after-day can be leaving (on) the flights, however clearly this is a fluid state of affairs,’ the spokesman stated. Asked how lengthy Britain deliberate to maintain such flights going, he stated: ‘We need to clearly proceed to do that as lengthy as we’re ready to take action and as lengthy as it is secure to take action.’

The Government COBRA emergency response committee met on Monday to debate the state of affairs in Afghanistan.  

It got here after Defence Secretary Ben Wallace stated the navy facet of Kabul airport was safe and that Britain was doing every little thing it could to evacuate British residents and Afghans with hyperlinks to Britain.

‘Our goal is… about 1200 to 1500 exit a day in the capability of our airplanes, and we’ll maintain that movement,’ he stated.

Taliban fighters patrolled Kabul on Monday as chaos continued at the city's airport as thousands try to flee the fundamentalist group

Taliban fighters patrolled Kabul on Monday as chaos continued on the metropolis’s airport as hundreds attempt to flee the fundamentalist group

Two Taliban fighters ride in the back of a vehicle with the group's white flag as the Afghan capital settled into a tense calm on Monday

Two Taliban fighters experience in the again of a automobile with the group’s white flag as the Afghan capital settled right into a tense calm on Monday 

Taliban fighters were seen inside the Afghan parliament on Monday

It came after Taliban officials promised civilians would not be harmed and announced everyone would be allowed to return home from Kabul airport if they decided to stay in the country

Taliban fighters have been seen contained in the Afghan parliament on Monday after officers promised civilians wouldn’t be harmed and introduced everybody can be allowed to return dwelling from Kabul airport in the event that they determined to remain in the nation

Biden’s assertion ‘washing arms’ of Afghanistan ‘is one in every of most shameful in US historical past’: Left and right-wing media unite in condemnation of America’s ‘chaotic retreat’ and ‘betrayal’ of Afghan folks 

Media shops throughout the political divide in the US and Britain have united in their condemnation over Joe Biden’s dealing with of the Afghanistan disaster amid what is being billed the most important overseas coverage disaster in 65 years.

Even Left-wing shops such as CNN and The New York Times who’ve been amongst Biden’s greatest cheerleaders have hit out at him for his position in permitting insurgents to take Kabul after routing Afghan forces in only a week, calling it a debacle and a political catastrophe.

The Wall Street Journal condemned Joe Biden’s assertion ‘washing his arms’ of the state of affairs, saying it ought to ‘go down as one of the crucial shameful in historical past by a Commander in Chief at such a second of American retreat’.

As the disaster deepened, a CNN columnist stated the ‘debacle of the US defeat and chaotic retreat in Afghanistan’ was a ‘political catastrophe’ for the US President and slammed his ‘failure to orchestrate an pressing and orderly exit’.

And an opinion author in The Atlantic stated there was sufficient blame hooked up for the Afghanistan disaster to ‘fill a library of books’, condemning the ‘betrayal’ of the Afghan folks as he positioned the ‘burden of disgrace’ on Biden.

Meanwhile a New York Post editorial stated Biden’s claims that he ‘inherited’ his predecessor Donald Trump’s withdrawal plans have been a ‘lie’ and the state of affairs is ‘as humiliating an finish as the rooftop scramble in Saigon in 1975’.

An opinion piece in The New York Times claimed that Biden would ‘go down in historical past, pretty or unfairly, as the president who presided over a long-brewing, humiliating closing act in the American experiment in Afghanistan’.

A Washington Post column stated the state of affairs ‘is on Biden, and it’ll depart an indelible stain on his presidency’, whereas a chunk in USA Today stated ‘this disaster is showing on his watch, and he must take his lumps’.

Fox News ran a remark from Republican Senator Joni Ernst condemning the ‘slap in the face to the hundreds of women and men who served in this warfare’ and a ‘whole abandonment of a rustic and its folks’ by Biden.

Columnists in the British Press additionally hit out at Biden today, with The Sun’s editorial saying he ‘ignored repeated warnings, then withdrew essential air help for the Afghan military it has spent billions arming over 20 years’.

Commons Foreign Affairs Committee chair Tom Tugendhat wrote in The Times that it was the ‘the most important overseas coverage catastrophe since Suez’ in 1957, whereas a columnist for the i condemned the ‘betrayal of Afghanistan’s folks’.

The Financial Times stated the ‘abandonment of Afghanistan raises doubts over the depth of US dedication to supposed allies’, whereas Mark Almond wrote in the Daily Mail that Islamist fundamentalism is now ‘again on a roll’.

Britain has relocated its embassy to Kabul airport from the town. Asked what he would really feel to see the Taliban flag flying over the previous British embassy constructing in Kabul, Mr Wallace stated: ‘Symbolically, it is not what any of us wished.’ 

The Armed Forces are supporting the evacuation of British nationals and people eligible for relocation underneath the Government’s Afghan Relocation and Assistance Program.

Special Forces models are becoming a member of 600 British troops from the 16 Air Assault Brigade, together with 150 Paratroopers, with help from RAF groups from all over the world, to airlift British officers out of the Kabul. 

Revealing that the primary evacuation flight had landed in the UK final night time, the Ministry of Defence stated in a Twitter publish: ‘Last night time the primary flight of British Nationals and Embassy Staff arrived at RAF Brize Norton as a part of Op Pitting. 

‘The UK Armed Forces are supporting the evacuation of British Nationals and people eligible for relocation underneath the Afghan Relocation and Assistance Program.’

The rescue mission could finally see hundreds being evacuated from Afghanistan. Around 500 embassy employees are regarded as amongst these to be rescued. 

Around 5,000 Afghan-English interpreters and their households are additionally in search of evacuation, as they worry being classed as ‘traitors’ by the extremist Taliban.

There are additionally hundreds of British and twin nationality passport holders who may have evacuation to UK, and round 2,000 folks with hyperlinks to Britain who could even be eligible to depart Afghanistan for the UK.  

It comes as the UK’s ambassador to Afghanistan put plans to depart the nation on maintain – and remained at Kabul airport to assist course of the functions of these in search of to depart.

Despite the scramble to evacuate, the ambassador Sir Laurie Bristow was stated to have remained in the town final night time. Boris Johnson stated he was on the airport serving to to course of the functions of these in search of to depart. 

Some 700 UK personnel are deployed on the airport, with Mr Wallace insisting the important thing areas are nonetheless safe regardless of chaotic scenes. He stated it could take greater than 36 hours to get one other 1,500 out, suggesting practically 800 of these can be Afghans. Government sources stated 1,000 interpreters and different employees had arrived over the previous few weeks.

It is not clear how the evacuation is being prioritised, with Mr Wallace stressing that vetting functions to depart at excessive pace was extra of a problem than sustaining flights.

The Prime Minister has insisted Britain could ‘look again at 20 years of effort and achievement In Afghanistan’, as he argued he wished to ‘make it possible for we do not throw these beneficial properties away’. 

Mr Wallace choked up as he talked concerning the penalties of the collapse of the Western-trained Afghan military, after the Taliban walked into Kabul and took cost of the presidential palace. 

He stated the disaster had turn into inevitable after a deal was struck with the extremists and the US pulled out, and the main focus was now on evacuating British nationals, interpreters and others who may be topic to reprisals.

But he conceded that ‘some folks will not get again’. ‘It is unhappy the West has accomplished what it has accomplished,’ he stated. ‘Twenty years of sacrifice.. is what it is.’  

Mr Wallace – who himself served in the navy earlier than getting into politics – stated he felt the problem so deeply as a result of he was a soldier. 

Mr Wallace later instructed BBC Radio 4’s Today programme:  ‘President Biden inherited a momentum, a momentum that had been given to the Taliban as a result of they felt that they had now received, he’d additionally inherited a momentum of troop withdrawal from the worldwide group, the US.’

‘So I feel in that sense, the seeds of what we’re seeing today have been earlier than President Biden took workplace. The seeds have been a peace deal that was [effectively] rushed, that wasn’t accomplished in collaboration correctly with the worldwide group after which a dividend taken out extremely shortly.’

MP Tobias Ellwood, former captain in the British Army and chairman of the defence choose committee, criticised the West for pulling out of Afghanistan.

Appearing on Sky News, he stated: ‘The world is now somewhat bit extra harmful as a result of they’ve now taken management of the nation, and the West ought to actually grasp its head in disgrace after abruptly abandoning Afghanistan to a civil warfare after 20 years of effort.’

He added: ‘This is not a superb day for the West in any respect, and China can be observing issues very, very carefully certainly. They are already making alliances with the Taliban and glossing over the human rights atrocities which are prone to unfold.’ 

Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said the military side of Kabul airport was secure and that Britain was doing everything it could to evacuate British citizens and Afghans with links to Britain

Defence Secretary Ben Wallace stated the navy facet of Kabul airport was safe and that Britain was doing every little thing it could to evacuate British residents and Afghans with hyperlinks to Britain

It comes as the Ministry of Defence confirmed the first British nationals had landed at RAF base Brize Norton after being evacuated from Kabul

It comes as the Ministry of Defence confirmed the primary British nationals had landed at RAF base Brize Norton after being evacuated from Kabul

Passengers arrived in RAF base Brize Norton after an evacuation flight from Kabul following the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan

Passengers arrived in RAF base Brize Norton after an evacuation flight from Kabul following the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan

The UK Government says it aims to get British ambassador Sir Laurie Bristow (pictured) and his embassy staff out by Sunday night - amid fears the Taliban could seize Kabul airport within days

Britain’s ambassador to Afghanistan Sir Laurie Bristow (proper) stays in Kabul today, regardless of an SAS-backed operation to evacuate embassy employees amid a Taliban takeover of the town

British Forces from 16 Air Assault Brigade arrive in Kabul, Afghanistan, to provide support to British nationals leaving the country, as part of Operation PITTING after Taliban insurgents took control of the presidential palace in Kabul, August 15

British Forces from 16 Air Assault Brigade arrive in Kabul, Afghanistan, to offer help to British nationals leaving the nation, as a part of Operation PITTING after Taliban insurgents took management of the presidential palace in Kabul, August 15

How did the Taliban take over Afghanistan so shortly?

The Taliban’s beautiful and fast takeover of Afghanistan was the outcome not solely of their battlefield power, but additionally a sustained push to power surrenders and lower offers.

The insurgents blended threats and lures with propaganda and psychological warfare as they took metropolis after metropolis – some with barely a shot fired – finally capturing the capital Kabul.

How did this occur? Why did not the Afghan military put up a struggle? 

As overseas troops started their closing withdrawal in May, Washington and Kabul have been assured the Afghan navy would put up a robust struggle towards the Taliban.

With greater than 300,000 personnel and multi-billion-dollar gear extra superior than the Taliban arsenal, Afghan forces have been formidable – on paper.

In actuality, they have been affected by corruption, poor management, lack of coaching and plummeting morale for years. Desertions have been frequent and US authorities inspectors had lengthy warned that the power was unsustainable.

Afghan forces put up sturdy resistance this summer time in some areas such as Lashkar Gah in the south, however they now confronted the Taliban with out common US air strikes and navy help.

Faced with the smaller however extremely motivated and cohesive enemy, many troopers and even whole models merely abandoned or surrendered, leaving the insurgents to seize metropolis after metropolis.

How did the Taliban make the most of low morale? 

The seeds for the collapse have been sown final yr when Washington signed a cope with the insurgents to withdraw its troops fully.

For the Taliban, it was the start of their victory after practically 20 years of warfare. For many demoralised Afghans, it was betrayal and abandonment.

They continued to assault authorities forces however began to mix these with focused killings of journalists and rights activists, ramping up an setting of worry.

They additionally pushed a story of inevitable Taliban victory in their propaganda and psychological operations.

Soldiers and native officers have been reportedly bombarded with textual content messages in some areas, urging them to give up or cooperate with the Taliban to keep away from a worse destiny.

Many have been supplied secure passage if they didn’t put up a struggle, whereas others have been reached via tribal and village elders.

What occurred to the anti-Taliban warlords and their militias? 

With Afghan forces unable to carry off the Taliban advances, a lot of Afghanistan’s famed – and infamous – warlords rallied their militias and promised a black eye to the Taliban in the event that they attacked their cities.

But with confidence plunging in the power of Afghanistan’s authorities to outlive, by no means thoughts maintain off the insurgents, the writing was additionally on the wall for the warlords.

Their cities fell with no struggle. Warlord Ismail Khan in the western metropolis of Herat was captured by the Taliban as it fell.

Abdul Rashid Dostum and Atta Mohammad Noor in the north fled to Uzbekistan, as their militia members deserted humvees, weapons and even their uniforms on the highway out of Mazar-i-Sharif.

But how have been the Taliban ready to do that so shortly?

The Taliban had began placing offers and give up preparations in place reportedly lengthy earlier than the launch of their blitz in May.

From particular person troopers and low-level authorities officers to apparently provincial governors and ministers, the insurgents pressed for offers – with the Taliban all however victorious, why put up a struggle?

The technique proved immensely efficient.

The photos from their closing march to Kabul weren’t of our bodies in the streets and bloody battlefields, however of Taliban and authorities officers sitting comfortably on couches as they formalised the handover of cities and provinces.

According to 1 reported US estimate lower than a month earlier than the autumn of Kabul, the Afghan authorities could collapse in 90 days.

But as soon as the Taliban captured their first provincial capital, it took lower than two weeks. 

Mr Ellwood later in contrast the mayhem at Kabul airport ‘Saigon 2.0,’ akin it to US evacuation of South Vietnam’s capital in 1975.

The advance of the North Vietnamese prompted the US to evacuate hundreds of its nationals and troops as properly as South Vietnamese civilians who had helped in the course of the warfare. The most dramatic photos concerned the evacuation of individuals from the roof of the US Embassy.

‘If this is not Saigon 2.0, I do not know what is,’ Ellwood stated. ‘Is this how we thought we might depart Afghanistan? I repeat my name for a UK inquiry.’

Meanwhile Labour chief Sir Keir Starmer has known as on the federal government to ‘get UK nationals out’, however added ‘we even have an obligation to all of these Afghans who helped and assisted the UK, and we should not have good distinctions between one of these individual, one of these assist, and that sort of assist.’ 

‘If these in Afghan have helped us, the UK, in our work in Afghanistan, we have now acquired an obligation to them.’

He stated on the longer and medium-term there must be ‘secure and authorized routes for refugees’.

Families of troopers who died on earlier excursions of Afghanistan have criticised the British and US Governments’ dealing with of the withdrawal from the nation.

Graham Knight, father of 25-year-old RAF Sergeant Ben Knight who was killed when his Nimrod plane exploded in Afghanistan in 2006, stated the British Government ought to have moved extra shortly to get civilians out.

The 69-year-old stated: ‘We’re not stunned that the Taliban have taken over as a result of as quickly as the Americans and the British stated they have been going to depart, we knew this was going to occur.

‘The Taliban made their intent very clear that, as quickly as we went out, they might transfer in. As for whether or not folks’s lives have been misplaced via a warfare that wasn’t winneable, I feel they have been.

‘I feel the issue was we have been combating people who have been native to the nation. We weren’t combating terrorists, we have been combating individuals who really lived there and did not like us being there.’

Discussing the footage of individuals desperately climbing on to planes in Kabul to flee, Mr Knight stated: ‘I really feel very sorry for them, they’re clearly combating for his or her lives. Anybody who appears like that is in a determined state of affairs. It’s like Saigon over again.’

The fall of Saigon occurred when navy personnel evacuated the previous southern capital of Vietnam in 1975 after the North Vietnamese military captured the town, resulting in the tip of the Vietnam War.

Mr Knight went on: ‘I feel it was all began too late once more. It [the evacuation process] ought to have began a couple of week in the past. My major fear is some hothead American, or British hothead, will determine that the Taliban is not behaving how they need, shoot at them and that can be it.’

While Ian Sadler, whose 21-year-old Trooper son Jack died when his Land Rover struck a mine in Afghanistan in 2007, instructed PA: ‘I used to be stunned the Americans and the allies had a lot confidence in the Afghan nationwide military.

‘Why did they assume the Afghan nationwide military would be capable to maintain the Taliban again primarily based on simply numbers alone? Why did our Government and allies have a lot confidence in them?

‘It proved to be garbage, actually. Why did the president say Kabul won’t ever fall when, on the identical time, he should have been planning his escape?

‘To pull them out so shortly like that… I’d have thought it will have been extra of a strategic benefit to scale back the British and American affect. When the Nato forces have been pulled out so abruptly, the Afghan National Army have been left with none route.’

The 71-year-old added: ‘I do not assume any of the British Governments – Labour, coalition or Conservative – have dealt with the state of affairs in Afghanistan notably properly… The degree of help given to our troopers in Afghanistan was trivial.

‘It wasn’t till we have been out there for about 10 years that the pressing operational necessities got here in. Why weren’t our troopers geared up with mine-protected autos? We would have misplaced loads much less.’  

It comes after the US authorities stated late on Sunday all employees from the US Embassy in Kabul and have been on the airport. Ambassador Ross Wilson have been each seen arriving at Kabul airport, as different Americans nonetheless in the nation have been ordered to shelter in place. 

Initially, the goal had been to have employees eliminated inside 72 hours, however the Taliban’s advances throughout the Afghan capital Kabul prompted the quick elimination of all employees.

Former President Donald Trump despatched an announcement to his followers on Sunday calling on President Joe Biden to ‘resign in shame’ amid the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan after the withdrawal of US troops.

‘It is time for Joe Biden to resign in shame for what he has allowed to occur to Afghanistan, together with the super surge in COVID, the Border disaster, the destruction of vitality independence, and our crippled economic system,’ Trump stated in an electronic mail.

He continued perpetuating his declare that Biden received the presidency through election fraud, concluding the e-mail: ‘It should not be an enormous deal, as a result of he wasn’t elected legitimately in the primary place.’ 

Earlier Sunday, he issued one other assertion denouncing the Biden administration over the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan.

‘Tragic mess in Afghanistan, a totally open and damaged Border, Crime at document ranges, oil costs via the roof, inflation rising, and brought benefit of by your entire world—DO YOU MISS ME YET?’ he stated in a brief emailed assertion on Friday.

The Trump administration negotiated the phrases of a US withdrawal in talks with the Taliban final yr. Now the pace of a Taliban advance has rattled officers three weeks forward of President Biden’s August 31 deadline to carry all troops dwelling. 

Biden has repeatedly stated he has no regrets about pushing forward together with his timetable, insisting there was no selection however to withdraw American troops as a result of he wouldn’t ‘move this warfare’ to a different president.  

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A US Chinook helicopter flies over the town of Kabul as diplomatic autos depart the compound after the Taliban superior on the Afghan capital

The Chinook helicopter was seen taking to the skies above the city - just like in 1975 when a US Marine helicopter was seen evacuating embassy staff from Vietnamese capital (pictured)

The Chinook helicopter was seen taking to the skies above the town – identical to in 1975 when a US Marine helicopter was seen evacuating embassy employees from Vietnamese capital (pictured)

A man sits inside the frame of a airplane engine while waiting for an evacuation flight out of Kabul after the Taliban took the capital on Sunday

A person sits contained in the body of a airplane engine whereas ready for an evacuation flight out of Kabul after the Taliban took the capital on Sunday

Pictured: Afghans crowd at the tarmac of the Kabul airport on August 16, 2021, to flee the country as the Taliban were in control of Afghanistan after President Ashraf Ghani fled the country and conceded the insurgents had won the 20-year war

Pictured: Afghans crowd on the tarmac of the Kabul airport on August 16, 2021, to flee the nation as the Taliban have been in management of Afghanistan after President Ashraf Ghani fled the nation and conceded the insurgents had received the 20-year warfare

Pictured: Pakistan's soldiers check the documents of stranded Afghan nationals wanting to return to Afghanistan at the Pakistan-Afghanistan border crossing point in Chaman on August 16, 2021

Pictured: Pakistan’s troopers verify the paperwork of stranded Afghan nationals eager to return to Afghanistan on the Pakistan-Afghanistan border crossing level in Chaman on August 16, 2021

Pictured: People struggle to cross the boundary wall of Hamid Karzai International Airport to flee the country after rumors that foreign countries are evacuating people even without visas, after Taliban took control of Kabul, Afghanistan, August 16

Pictured: People battle to cross the boundary wall of Hamid Karzai International Airport to flee the nation after rumors that overseas nations are evacuating folks even with out visas, after Taliban took management of Kabul, Afghanistan, August 16

Thousands of Afghans were at Hamad Karzai airport

Desperate Afghans tried to flee the country after the Taliban swept Kabul on Sunday

Thousands of Afghans have been at Hamad Karzai airport desperately making an attempt to flee the nation after the Taliban swept the capital on Sunday

US troops are guarding the airport and have taken over air traffic control, but all non-military flights are grounded

Soldiers fired warning shots in the air to prevent hundreds of civilians running onto the tarmac

US troops are guarding the airport and have taken over air visitors management, however all non-military flights are grounded. Soldiers fired warning pictures in the air to forestall a whole bunch of civilians operating onto the tarmac, a US official stated

US soldiers take up their positions as they secure the airport in Kabul after the Taliban walked into the capital, forcing President Ashraf Ghani to flee

US troopers take up their positions as they safe the airport in Kabul after the Taliban walked into the capital, forcing President Ashraf Ghani to flee

Thousands of Afghans gathered at Kabul's Hamid Karzai airport, but all commercial services have been suspended, with only military flights leaving the country as the UK, US and other western countries repatriate their citizens

Thousands of Afghans gathered at Kabul’s Hamid Karzai airport, however all business companies have been suspended, with solely navy flights leaving the nation as the UK, US and different western nations repatriate their residents

Taliban members were seen patrolling the streets of Kabul on Monday morning after sweeping across the capital on Sunday

Taliban members have been seen patrolling the streets of Kabul on Monday morning after sweeping throughout the capital on Sunday

Taliban fighters removed the Afghan national flag and raised the group's white flag in Kabul on Sunday after sweeping across the country and forcing President Ashraf Ghani to flee

Taliban fighters eliminated the Afghan nationwide flag and raised the group’s white flag in Kabul on Sunday after sweeping throughout the nation and forcing President Ashraf Ghani to flee

Taliban fighters ride through the city of Kabul on Monday, after a stunningly swift end to Afghanistan's 20-year war, as thousands flee

Taliban fighters experience via the town of Kabul on Monday, after a stunningly swift finish to Afghanistan’s 20-year warfare, as hundreds flee

Taliban members were seen patrolling the streets of Kabul on Monday as the US and UK hurried to evacuate their ambassadors and citizens from Afghanistan

Taliban members have been seen patrolling the streets of Kabul on Monday as the US and UK hurried to evacuate their ambassadors and residents from Afghanistan

Taliban fighters guard a roadside near the Zanbaq Square in Kabul on Monday after the group swept the capital, forcing President Ashraf Ghani to flee

Taliban fighters guard a roadside close to the Zanbaq Square in Kabul on Monday after the group swept the capital, forcing President Ashraf Ghani to flee

Taliban fighters raise their flag at the Ghazni provincial governor's house, in Ghazni, southeastern, Afghanistan, Sunday, Aug. 15, 2021

Taliban fighters increase their flag on the Ghazni provincial governor’s home, in Ghazni, southeastern, Afghanistan, Sunday, Aug. 15, 2021

Hundreds of thousands of Afghanis have been displaced from their homes in recent weeks by fighting, with fears that could swell to millions if entire country falls

Hundreds of hundreds of Afghanis have been displaced from their houses in latest weeks by combating, with fears that could swell to thousands and thousands if whole nation falls

Iran’s new ultraconservative President Ebrahim Raisi on Monday stated that the ‘defeat’ of the United States in Afghanistan should usher in a sturdy peace in the neighbouring, war-wracked nation.

‘The navy defeat and the US withdrawal from Afghanistan ought to provide a possibility to revive life, security and lasting peace in that nation,’ Raisi stated, quoted by his workplace.

The presidency assertion got here after the Taliban seized management of Kabul, nevertheless it didn’t point out the Taliban nor the autumn of the Afghan capital.

Raisi, who made the remarks in a name with outgoing Iran’s overseas minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, stated the Islamic republic wished good relations with Afghanistan. Iran was ‘carefully monitoring the evolution of occasions in Afghanistan’ and needs good neighbourly ties with it, he stated.

Raisi tasked Zarif and Iran’s Supreme National Security Council to offer him up to date experiences on the state of affairs in Afghanistan, the assertion added.

Iran shares a 900km (560 mile) border with Afghanistan, and hosts practically 3.5 million Afghans, in keeping with the UN refugee company.

Russian ambassador to fulfill Taliban in Kabul Tuesday 

Russia stated its ambassador to Afghanistan will meet with the Taliban in Kabul on Tuesday and that it’s going to determine on whether or not to recognise the brand new authorities primarily based on its conduct.

‘Our ambassador is in contact with the Taliban management, tomorrow he’ll meet with the Taliban security coordinator,’ overseas ministry official Zamir Kabulov stated in an interview with the Ekho Moskvy radio station on Monday.

He stated the talks between Moscow’s ambassador, Dmitry Zhirnov, and the Taliban would centre on how the group plans to offer security for the Russian embassy in the Afghan capital.

On Sunday, as the Taliban accomplished its navy takeover of Afghanistan, Kabulov stated that Russia had no plans on evacuating its embassy – although on Monday he stated that ‘half’ of its employees can be ‘evacuated’.

Kabulov additionally stated that Moscow will determine on recognising the brand new Taliban authorities primarily based ‘on the conduct of the brand new authorities’.

‘We will fastidiously see how responsibly they govern the nation in the close to future. And primarily based on the outcomes, the Russian management will draw the mandatory conclusions,’ Kabulov stated.

In latest years, Russia has sought to achieve out to the Taliban and has hosted Taliban representatives in Moscow a number of occasions, most not too long ago final month.

Moscow is carefully anticipating a possible spillover of the instability into neighbouring ex-Soviet Central Asian nations the place Russia maintains navy bases. 

Reporting by AFP 

In 1998, Taliban troops entered the Iranian consulate in the northern Afghan metropolis of Mazar-i-Sharif, killing a number of diplomats and an official information company journalist.

The Taliban later stated that they had been killed by people appearing independently, however Tehran held the motion liable for the deaths, which sparked outrage and practically triggered an Iranian navy intervention in Afghanistan.

Analysts say Tehran is taking a realistic stance on the Taliban’s resurgence in Afghanistan.

On Sunday the Iranian overseas ministry stated it had diminished its diplomatic presence in Afghanistan.

The announcement got here shortly after the Taliban reached the outskirts of the Afghan capital.

Foreign ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh stated a skeleton employees remained at Iran’s Kabul embassy and that staff had been additionally evacuated from three of out of 5 diplomatic missions in different Afghan cities.

Zarif in the meantime held Monday a gathering in Tehran with China’s particular envoy for Afghanistan Yue Xiaoyong, the overseas ministry stated.

The talks centered on the state of affairs in Afghanistan, it stated.

Zarif on Sunday stated that ‘Iran stands able to proceed its peacemaking efforts’ in Afghanistan.

‘Violence and warfare – like occupation – by no means clear up issues,’ he wrote on Twitter.

His talks with the Chinese envoy come as a authorities spokeswoman in Beijing on Monday stated China was able to deepen ‘pleasant and cooperative’ ties with Afghanistan.

Meanwhile Pakistan’s state-run airline says it has halted all flights to Afghanistan’s capital of Kabul due to the ‘unsure security state of affairs’ there. 

Spokesman Abdullah Hafeez stated Monday that Pakistan International Airlines determined to guard passengers, the crew and the planes after consulting the Afghan civil aviation authorities. He spoke as embassies scrambled to evacuate personnel and Afghan staff via the airport. 

Australia is sending three transport and air-to-air refueling jets with 250 navy personnel to repatriate greater than 130 Australians and their households from Afghanistan, officers stated on Monday.

Australia is additionally working to evacuate an undisclosed variety of refugees, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison stated in an announcement.

An Airbus A330 airliner modified for aerial refueling would help US-led operations in Afghanistan later this week, Australia’s Defense Department stated in an announcement. Two C-17A Globemaster heavy transport plane would even be despatched to the Middle East, the assertion stated.

Australia shut its Kabul embassy in May and withdrew the final of its troops from Afghanistan in June. 

Germany Chancellor Angela Merkel stated troopers can be deployed to Afghanistan to assist with the evacuation of Germany nationals and Afghans in hazard from the Taliban, parliamentary sources stated.

The authorities is planning to hunt a mandate from parliament to permit the deployment of as many as ‘a number of hundred troopers’, the sources instructed AFP, citing a briefing by Merkel to leaders of parliamentary teams late on Sunday. 

Taliban commander ‘spent eight years in Guantanamo Bay’ 

A Taliban commander claimed he spent eight years in Guantanamo Bay in a triumphant speech from contained in the Presidential Palace in Kabul as the militants declared an Islamic state of Afghanistan after the nation’s president joined hundreds of Afghan nationals in a mass exodus.

Taliban fighters marched into the traditional palace on Sunday and demanded a ‘peaceable switch of energy’ as the capital metropolis descended into chaos, with US helicopters evacuating diplomats from the embassy in scenes echoing the 1975 Fall of Saigon which adopted the Vietnam War.

There have been chaotic scenes at Kabul airport the place hundreds of determined Afghans are gathering in an try to flee the nation. Fighting and stampedes broke out between passengers earlier than business flights have been stopped and solely navy planes departed the terminals which at the moment are guarded by US troops.

The Al-Jazeera information channel livestreamed the press convention from contained in the palace, which confirmed a bunch of Taliban fighters sitting on the President’s desk earlier than a fighter claimed he was a former inmate of the US-controlled Guantanamo Bay detention centre in Cuba.

Established by George W Bush in 2002, suspected terrorists have been detained with out trial and tortured on the facility. Donald Trump signed an govt order to maintain the centre open indefinitely in 2018, whereas in February the Biden administration vowed to close Guantanamo down.

A spokesman for the Taliban’s political workplace instructed Al-Jazeera TV on Sunday that the warfare is over in Afghanistan and that the kind of rule and the type of regime can be clear quickly.

Portugal’s protection minister says his nation is ready to take in 243 Afghans, and their households who labored with Portuguese forces stationed in the nation.

Defense Minister Joao Gomes Cravinho stated NATO is coordinating the evacuation of the Afghans as a result of Portugal doesn’t have the navy capability to take action. He instructed public broadcaster RTP late Sunday he is not conscious of any Portuguese residents residing in Afghanistan.

Portugal had a small detachment of fewer than 200 troops stationed at Kabul airport, as a part of the NATO mission in the nation. The final ones pulled out on the finish of May. 

While Swedish Foreign Minister Ann Linde stated on Monday that 19 embassy staff had been evacuated from Kabul to Doha, Qatar and that they are going to finally flown to Sweden.

Earlier Monday, Norway and Denmark stated that the majority of the embassy employees have been out of Afghanistan.  

Denmark’s Defense Minister Trine Bramsen instructed Danish broadcaster DR that whereas most Danish diplomats had been evacuated, ‘there are nonetheless Danes,’ and others in the nation nonetheless to be flown out.

Challenges embody with the ability to land at Kabul’s chaotic airport, he stated. But there is a battle, too, to get folks to the airport, ‘a really troublesome operation,’ Bramsen was quoted as saying.   

Italy’s evacuated 70 embassy employees and Afghan staff from the capital metropolis of Kabul with the airplane scheduled to reach in Rome on Monday. 

The evacuation is a part of Italy’s Operation Aquila Omnia (Eagle Ready for Anything) to shortly evacuate Italian diplomatic employees, residents and Afghan staff and members of the family. Italy had one of many largest contingents in Afghanistan earlier than the pullout.

Italian journalist Francesca Mannocchi, who was on the airplane, stated that it was carrying 20 Afghan embassy staff and their households, together with girls and youngsters. Prior to the Taliban advance, 228 Afghanis and their households had been transferred to Italy.

Officials declined to offer variety of what number of remained, however Italian media reported over the weekend that some 390 Afghan residents and their members of the family have been awaiting evacuation. 

The first Czech evacuation flight has taken off from Kabul’s worldwide airport and landed in Prague. Prime Minister Andrej Babis stated 46 folks have been on board Monday’s flight.

They included Czech nationals, the Afghan staffers on the Czech embassy and Afghan interpreters who helped the Czech armed forces throughout NATO missions along with their households.

Babis did not instantly present extra particulars. It’s not clear what number of such flights will observe.

Czech Interior Minister Jan Hamacek tweeted that given the deteriorating state of affairs at Kabul’s airport, it was ‘a miracle’ that the Czech flight managed to take off.  

Saudi Arabia says it has evacuated all its diplomats from its embassy in the Afghan capital, and New Zealand’s authorities is sending a airplane to assist its folks depart the nation.

Saudi Arabia stated all employees have been evacuated from the embassy in Kabul on Sunday because of the altering situations on the bottom, becoming a member of different nations which have additionally shuttered their embassies as the Taliban advance on the Afghan capital.

New Zealand’s authorities says its sending a C-130 Hercules navy transport airplane to Afghanistan to assist with the evacuation of 53 New Zealanders and dozens of Afghanis and their quick households who helped New Zealand troops after they have been stationed there.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern stated that they had to this point recognized 37 Afghanis who had helped, however the variety of evacuees can be in the a whole bunch as soon as dependents and others have been included.

Defense officers say they’ve deliberate for a monthlong mission involving not less than 40 navy personnel tasked with servicing and defending the airplane. Ardern requested that the Taliban enable folks to depart peaceably: ‘The complete world is watching,’ she stated.

South Korea’s Foreign Ministry stated it has ‘quickly closed’ its embassy in Kabul and evacuated most of its employees to an unspecified third nation in the Middle East.

The ministry stated just a few diplomats, together with Ambassador Choi Taeho, stay at a secure location in Afghanistan to help the evacuation of a South Korean nationwide in the nation and that the Seoul authorities is carefully working with the United States and different nations to make sure their secure evacuation.

Afghanistan has been on South Korea’s journey ban record since 2007. There have been reportedly round 5 South Koreans residing in Afghanistan earlier than the Seoul authorities in June known as for all of them to depart the nation inside 10 days as the United States and NATO proceeded with troop pullouts.

Crowds gathered at Kabul airport trying to flee the country after the Taliban swept through the capital and effectively took power in Afghanistan

Crowds gathered at Kabul airport making an attempt to flee the nation after the Taliban swept via the capital and successfully took energy in Afghanistan

Footage on Sunday captured the sound of US gunshots

It came after thousands of Afghans packed into Kabul's Hamid Karzai airport desperate for a flight out of the country

Footage on Sunday captured the sound of US gunshots after hundreds of Afghans packed into Kabul’s Hamid Karzai airport determined for a flight out of the nation

Pen Farthing, founder of animal rescue charity Nowzad, has pleaded with the British government to evacuate his staff from Kabul

Pen Farthing, founding father of animal rescue charity Nowzad, has pleaded with the British authorities to evacuate his employees from Kabul

Boris Johnson urges the West NOT to recognise Taliban authorities 

Boris Johnson is urging western nations to not recognise the Taliban as the reliable authorities of Afghanistan and says the nation should not turn into a ‘breeding floor for terror’, after he was seen posing for footage with Team GB Olympians. 

The Prime Minister has earlier posed for publicity footage with athletes at an occasion in London as Downing Street stated ministers and senior officers would meet on Sunday afternoon to debate the worsening state of affairs.

And it emerged Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab had flown again to Britain from his abroad vacation, breaking his silence on the war-torn nation. He stated the world should inform the Taliban ‘the violence should finish and human rights have to be protected’. 

The Foreign Office refused to say the place the Foreign Secretary was however stated he was anticipated to land in the UK today. 

Following an emergency assembly of Cobra yesterday, Mr Johnson known as for a ‘united place among the many like-minded’ and stated it was ‘clear’ there is ‘going to be very shortly a brand new authorities in Kabul, or a brand new political dispensation’.

He stated the state of affairs in Afghanistan stays ‘troublesome’, and the Government’s precedence is ‘to verify we ship on our obligations to UK nationals in Afghanistan, to all those that have helped the British effort… over 20 years and to get them out as quick as we are able to.’ 

He instructed Sky News: ‘We don’t desire anyone bilaterally recognising the Taliban, we would like a united place amongst all of the like-minded, in as far as we are able to get one, in order that we do no matter we are able to to forestall Afghanistan lapsing again into being a breeding floor for terror.’ 

The United States had earlier launched an announcement with greater than 65 nations urging the Taliban to let Afghans depart the nation, warning of accountability for any abuses.

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres urged the Taliban and all events to ‘train restraint’ and stated the rights of girls and ladies, who suffered underneath the earlier Taliban regime, have to be protected. 

Pen Farthing, founding father of animal rescue charity Nowzad, has added his voice to the calls, pleading with the British authorities to evacuate his 71 employees from Kabul. 

He has vowed to not depart Afghanistan till his employees are granted secure passage to the UK. The Charity has launched a marketing campaign known as Operation Ark to fundraise £200,000 to evacuate employees and animals. 

The US authorities has insisted in latest days that its 20 years of warfare in Afghanistan was successful, outlined by quashing the Al-Qaeda menace.

President Joe Biden additionally stated he was decided there was no selection however to withdraw American troops, as he wouldn’t ‘move this warfare’ onto one other president.

But Washington was left shocked by the fast collapse of the Afghan authorities, and critics have stated the United States’ fame as a world energy has been badly tarnished.

‘America’s credibility as an ally is diminished,’ stated Husain Haqqani, Pakistan’s former ambassador to the United States.

The Taliban freed hundreds of prisoners as they swept throughout the nation as the police melted away in latest days. There have been scattered experiences of looting and armed males knocking on doorways and gates.

The Taliban deployed fighters at main intersections and sought to venture calm, circulating movies displaying quiet metropolis streets.

‘There have been just a few Taliban fighters on every highway and intersection in the town,’ Shah Mohammad, a 55-year-old gardener, stated after coming to work in the diplomatic quarter. He stated there was much less visitors than regular and fewer folks out on the streets.

Suhail Shaheen, a Taliban spokesman, tweeted that fighters had been instructed to not enter any dwelling with out permission and to guard ‘life, property and honor.’  

The pace of the Taliban advance has taken nearly everybody unexpectedly and Afghans who had booked business flights to flee the Taliban face being pressured to stay in Afghanistan.

Westerners can be evacuated by their dwelling nations on navy flights however the Taliban has stated that it’s going to not enable Afghan residents to depart.

Tens of hundreds of interpreters and officers who helped the Western-backed Afghan authorities are determined to flee the nation for worry of reprisals by the Taliban.

On Sunday the US led greater than 65 nations in urging the resurgent Taliban to let Afghans depart the nation, warning of accountability for any abuses. 

‘The United States joins the worldwide group in affirming that Afghans and worldwide residents who want to depart have to be allowed to take action,’ Secretary of State Antony Blinken wrote on Twitter as the State Department launched an announcement signed by its shut allies. 

‘Those in positions of energy and authority throughout Afghanistan bear accountability – and accountability – for the safety of human life,’ the joint assertion stated. 

A NATO official said all commercial flights had been suspended and only military aircraft were allowed to operate. The alliance said it was helping to keep the airport running (pictured: Scenes at Kabul airport)

A NATO official stated all business flights had been suspended and solely navy plane have been allowed to function. The alliance stated it was serving to to maintain the airport operating (pictured: Scenes at Kabul airport) 

Harrowing pictures show people waiting near Kabul Airport's runway to escape from the country's capital - as the Taliban entered the presidential palace

Harrowing footage present folks ready close to Kabul Airport’s runway to flee from the nation’s capital – as the Taliban entered the presidential palace

Pictured: Chaotic scenes at Kabul airport as Taliban forces enter Kabul amid a withdrawal of western forces

Pictured: Chaotic scenes at Kabul airport as Taliban forces enter Kabul amid a withdrawal of western forces

Pictured: Chaotic scenes at Kabul airport as Taliban insurgents enter Kabul amid a withdrawal of western forces

Images show Kabul Airport descending into chaos as the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan continues

Images show Kabul Airport descending into chaos as the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan continues

Images present Kabul Airport descending into chaos as the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan continues

Scenes from the Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul are pictured above

Scenes from the Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul are pictured above

Pictured: Scenes at the airport in Kabul as the Taliban enter Afghanistan's capital

Pictured: Scenes on the airport in Kabul as the Taliban enter Afghanistan’s capital 

Ex-Nato chief says Raab’s vacation amid Afghan disaster ‘staggering’ 

A former Nato chief has stated they’re ‘staggered’ Dominic Raab was on vacation as Afghanistan fell to the Taliban.

Lord Robertson, a Labour minister earlier than changing into secretary-general of the navy alliance stated the state of affairs had not been taken ‘critically’. 

‘You’ve acquired to be on responsibility throughout that form of interval the place we’re so deeply and intimately concerned in it,’ he instructed the BBC’s Good Morning Scotland programme.

Looking on the British dealing with of the warfare in Afghanistan in the previous 20 years, the previous Nato secretary-general stated: ‘We bear an enormous accountability ourselves.

‘We by no means actually took Afghanistan and the battle there with the seriousness that it demanded.

‘We despatched folks into hazard, troops into hazard and folks died and but we weren’t absolutely, it will seem, dedicated to the marketing campaign that was happening there.

‘I’ve been vital all alongside about our nation not taking this case critically and now the chickens have come dwelling to roost and we’re dealing with a humiliation and a catastrophe for all of our folks.’ 

A NATO official stated all business flights had been suspended and solely navy plane have been allowed to function. The alliance stated it was serving to to maintain the airport operating. 

Following a gathering of the Government’s Cobra emergencies committee on Sunday, Boris Johnson his precedence was to get UK nationals and Afghans who had labored with them out of the nation ‘as quick as we are able to’.

‘We are going to get as many as we are able to out in the subsequent few days,’ he stated.

Around 4,000 British nationals and eligible Afghans are regarded as in the town and in want of evacuation.

When the Operation Pitting rescue operation, involving 600 troops, was introduced on the finish of final week, Defence Secretary Ben Wallace stated it could carry on via the remainder of the month.

However the pace of the Taliban advance means that there could solely be a brief window of some days to get folks out.

In an indication of the determined state of affairs the British ambassador Sir Laurie Bristow was stated to be serving to the small group of diplomats nonetheless in the nation to course of the functions of these hoping to depart.

There was specific concern for the protection of Afghans who labored with British forces after they have been in the nation as interpreters and different roles amid fears of reprisals in the event that they fall into the arms of the insurgents.

The Taliban insisted that they have been in search of a peaceable takeover of energy and have been ready to supply an amnesty to those that had labored with the Afghan authorities or with overseas governments.

However these assurances have been being handled with deep scepticism by many British MPs amid experiences of threats to those that stay and their households.

Heavily armed Taliban fighters fanned out throughout the capital, and several other entered Kabul’s deserted presidential palace. 

Suhail Shaheen, a Taliban spokesman and negotiator, stated that the militants would maintain talks in the approaching days aimed toward forming an ‘open, inclusive Islamic authorities.’

But he refused to ensure that Afghans can be allowed to depart the nation, telling the BBC: ‘We want all Afghans to remain’. 

He stated Taliban forces wouldn’t assault NATO groups overseeing evacuations, however stated help organisations and overseas embassies ought to keep, saying ‘We will not damage them’.

Boris Johnson has vowed to get as many as attainable of the Afghans who labored with the UK out of the nation as the Taliban stood poised to take management of the capital Kabul.

With President Ashraf Ghani fled, and rebel fighters surrounding the capital, the Prime Minister stated the state of affairs was ‘extraordinarily troublesome’.

‘The Taliban have received with the judgement of their swords and weapons, and at the moment are liable for the honour, property and self-preservation of their countrymen,’ Ghani stated after fleeing.

After chairing a gathering of the Government’s Cobra contingencies committee he stated the UK was decided to work with allies to forestall the nation once more changing into a ‘breeding floor for terror’.

Britain has despatched 600 troops – together with Paras from 16 Air Assault Brigade – to help in the operation.

Meanwhile different Western nations have been scrambling to get their folks out, with helicopters shuttling from the US embassy to the airport whereas smoke was seen coming from the embassy rooftop as diplomats burned delicate materials.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken had stated earlier on Sunday that US embassy employees have been ferried by helicopter from the diplomatic compound to the airport, about  5km (3 miles) away on the northeastern facet of the town.

‘We’re working to make it possible for our personnel are secure and safe. We’re relocating the women and men of our embassy to a location on the airport,’ Blinken instructed ABC information.

Asked if the evacuation was evocative of the US departure from Vietnam in 1975, he stated: ‘Let’s take a step again. This is manifestly not Saigon.’   

Special Forces units are joining 600 British troops from the 16 Air Assault Brigade, including 150 Paratroopers, to begin airlifting more than 500 British Government employees out of Kabul. Pictured: Members of Joint Forces Headquarters get prepared to deploy to Afghanistan

Special Forces models are becoming a member of 600 British troops from the 16 Air Assault Brigade, together with 150 Paratroopers, to start airlifting greater than 500 British Government staff out of Kabul. Pictured: Members of Joint Forces Headquarters get ready to deploy to Afghanistan

UK military personnel boarding an RAF Voyager aircraft at RAF Brize Norton on August 14, 2021 to travel to Afghanistan

UK navy personnel boarding an RAF Voyager plane at RAF Brize Norton on August 14, 2021 to journey to Afghanistan

The Taliban standing on a roadside in Kandahar after taking over more parts of Afghanistan. The scale and speed of the Taliban advance has shocked Afghans and the US-led alliance that poured billions into the country

The Taliban standing on a roadside in Kandahar after taking up extra elements of Afghanistan. The scale and pace of the Taliban advance has shocked Afghans and the US-led alliance that poured billions into the nation

People wait at the airport in Kabul as the Taliban roll back into the country's capital

People wait on the airport in Kabul as the Taliban roll again into the nation’s capital 

Taliban are seen inside the presidential palace in Kabul amid a withdrawal of western forces

Taliban are seen contained in the presidential palace in Kabul amid a withdrawal of western forces

Last days of the US Embassy in Kabul: Nerve centre of the warfare on terror is being gutted of all delicate materials as employees and CIA property

The US Embassy in Kabul – the nerve middle of the warfare on terror – is being gutted of all its delicate materials and evacuated in 72 hours, as the Taliban coils round Afghanistan’s capital. 

The Embassy’s demise will create an intelligence void that could plunge the US into pre-9/11 blindness, until it could actually discover one other close by nation that may enable it rebuild its spy middle.  

For the previous 20 years, the US Embassy in Kabul has gathered huge quantities of knowledge that formed counterterrorism navy actions – such as precision drone strikes – and prevented one other 9/11-type assault. 

The location allowed CIA brokers to fulfill with sources and monitor the Taliban, Al Qaeda and different terrorist organizations in the area.  

‘When the time comes for the US navy to withdraw, the US authorities’s potential to gather and act on threats will diminish. That’s merely a truth,’ CIA Director Bill Burns instructed Senators in April.  

Everyone in the Embassy – besides Bureau of Diplomatic Security Service brokers and prime decisionmakers, together with the ambassador – can be out of the nation earlier than the tip of Tuesday.   

Security Engineers can even keep behind as they proceed to burn, shred and pulverize 20 years price of intelligence saved on electronics and in paperwork. 

Embassy or company logos, American flags ‘or objects which could be misused in propaganda efforts’ are additionally thought-about to be delicate supplies and can be destroyed. 

The navy is ready to decrease the American flag flying above the Embassy – on the State Department’s order – signaling the Embassy’s official closure. 

Sources instructed Reuters that the majority U.S employees have been anticipated to be evacuated from Kabul in the approaching day or two.

A NATO official stated all business flights had been suspended and solely navy plane have been allowed to function. The alliance stated it was serving to to maintain the airport operating.

France and Germany, members of NATO, stated on Sunday they have been shifting their diplomats to the airport and sending navy transport planes to Kabul to evacuate their residents and their Afghan helpers.

A US intelligence evaluation earlier in the week had stated Kabul could be encircled in 30 days and could fall to the Taliban inside 90 days, however the insurgents captured most of Afghanistan’s main cities in lower than every week and entered the capital on Sunday.

Some 4,200 folks remained in the US embassy till Thursday, when the Taliban’s fast beneficial properties pressured the Biden administration to start flying in hundreds of troops to assist pull out lots of the remaining diplomats.

The deployment included a further 1,000 troopers from the 82nd Airborne Division, who President Joe Biden stated on Saturday would assist evacuate residents and guarantee an ‘orderly and secure’ drawdown of US navy personnel.

On Sunday, US officers stated they have been weighing whether or not extra troops have been wanted. Another 3,000 are on standby in Kuwait.

Washington invested billions of {dollars} over 4 US administrations in Afghan authorities forces, giving them benefits over the Taliban, however they have been unable to defend the nation in the face of the militants’ advance, Blinken instructed CNN.

The United States’ unique mission in Afghanistan, launched to oust al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden after the Sept. 11, 2001, assaults, had been fulfilled, Blinken stated, saying Washington had prevented additional assaults by militants harbored by the Taliban.

But Biden has confronted rising home criticism after sticking to the plan to withdraw, which was agreed underneath his Republican predecessor Donald Trump. On Saturday, Biden defended his choice, saying an ‘infinite American presence in the center of one other nation’s civil battle was not acceptable to me’.

Republican lawmaker Michael McCaul stated a Taliban takeover would revive the menace to the United States.

‘We are going to return to a pre-9/11 state. A breeding floor for terrorism,’ he instructed CNN on Sunday.

Biden met together with his nationwide security group on Sunday by safe videoconference from the presidential retreat at Camp David to listen to updates on evacuations and the security state of affairs, a White House official stated.

US Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, a Democrat like Biden, stated at a information convention that the protection of US personnel and of Afghans who supported the Americans must be Washington’s prime concern.

‘Job primary is for us to carry again, first, all American personnel… But second, the entire courageous Afghans who helped our navy, they need to be offered an exit to come back to America,’ Schumer stated.