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KABUL, Afghanistan — The U.S. State Department is urging all Americans within the neighborhood of the Afghanistan’s Kabul airport to depart the world instantly as a result of of a selected, credible risk.

The warning early Sunday morning says U.S. residents ought to keep away from touring to the airport and keep away from all airport gates at this time. It particularly famous the South (Airport Circle) gate, the brand new Ministry of the Interior, and the gate close to the Panjshir Petrol station on the northwest facet of the airport.

A suicide bombing at the airport on Thursday killed at least 169 Afghans and 13 U.S. service members.

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LONDON — The closing British troops have left Kabul, ending the nation’s 20-year navy involvement in Afghanistan.

The authorities stated late Saturday that about 1,000 troops who had been operating an airlift of British nationals and Afghan civilians have departed on flights from Kabul airport. Most nations other than the United States had already left.

Britain says it has evacuated about 15,000 individuals from Kabul because the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan in mid-August, however that as many as 1,100 Afghans entitled to come back to the U.Ok. have been left behind.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson praised the “heroic” evacuation effort. Saying the two-decade deployment has been worthwhile regardless of its chaotic finish, Johnson says this was “a moment to reflect on everything we have sacrificed and everything we have achieved in the last two decades.”

Some 150,000 British troops served in Afghanistan within the years after the 2001 invasion that got down to take away al-Qaida from the nation, and 457 U.Ok. personnel died ther

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ZAGREB, Croatia — Croatian police say 19 Afghan residents evacuated from their nation as a result of of the risk from the Taliban have landed in Croatia.

A police assertion says the group arriving Saturday night included three households with 10 youngsters and a single man.

Police say the evacuees are individuals with hyperlinks to the European Union delegation in Kabul and their households and have expressed intent to hunt asylum in Croatia.

They can be housed in a camp for weak teams since they embrace minors. No different particulars are instantly out there.

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden stated {that a} retaliatory drone strike he ordered to be carried out towards the Islamic State group’s affiliate in Afghanistan wouldn’t be his “last” response to the group for finishing up a lethal assault towards U.S. troops and Afghan civilians close to the Kabul airport.

Biden stated in an announcement Saturday he mentioned the strike with high navy commanders, who briefed him on the continuing evacuation of Afghans and U.S. residents from the airport, which is ready to wind down on Tuesday.

The president stated commanders instructed him that one other assault “is highly likely in the next 24-36 hours.”

Two IS members have been killed and one other was wounded within the drone strike early Saturday in japanese Afghanistan.

“I said we would go after the group responsible for the attack on our troops and innocent civilians in Kabul, and we have,” Biden stated. “We will continue to hunt down any person involved in that heinous attack and make them pay.”

BERLIN — German Chancellor Angela Merkel has spoken with each British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte to debate the state of affairs in Afghanistan and the standing of evacuation efforts from the nation.

Merkel’s workplace stated the three leaders “were in agreement” on Saturday that evacuating residents, native staff and people in want of safety “will continue to be a top priority,” as will humanitarian help for refugees and the native inhabitants.

Merkel spokesman Steffen Seibert stated that in her conversations with each Johnson and Rutte, Merkel mentioned the safety state of affairs for diplomatic personnel and spoke about “possible political and diplomatic options.”

PARIS — France is holding discussions with the Taliban and Qatar with a view to retrieving Afghans on France’s record for evacuation who couldn’t get out earlier than France shut down operations at Kabul airport the night time earlier than.

French President Emmanuel Macron stated the talks Saturday “remain fragile and very provisional.” He spoke at a information convention in Baghdad through the first leg of a two-day go to to Iraq. The emir of Qatar was amongst leaders current at a regional summit centered on Iraq co-organized by France.

“Our goal is that in the days, weeks months ahead … (France could) proceed with targeted evacuation operations of these men and women whom we identified,” Macron stated, suggesting that airways might be used “with security conditions that remain to be defined.” He didn’t additional elaborate.

Such operations would essentially happen in a “different framework” from the mass evacuations headed by the United States, which is ready to tug out of Kabul on Tuesday. France made its final flight out Friday.

The operations France envisages can be “systematically negotiated with the Taliban,” particularly the safety facet.

Macron additionally set out three “essential prerequisites” for discussing any future political relations with the Taliban, together with that they “absolutely respect” humanitarian rights and the fitting of Afghans who wish to depart to hunt safety give you the chance to take action, notably artists, intellectuals, journalists and girls. He stated the Taliban should additionally respect a “red line” concerning all terrorist teams and respect human rights, particularly the dignity of girls.

The French ambassador to Kabul, evacuated Friday, is to proceed working in Paris in that perform.

Since mid-August, France evacuated about 2,830 individuals, the nice majority of them Afghans on some 15 flights after pulling out 630 personnel and their households within the spring. France, which withdrew its troops from Afghanistan at the tip of 2014, had additionally beforehand taken in 830 individuals working for the French military.

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon has launched the names of the 13 American service members killed in a suicide bombing at the Kabul airport.

They embrace 11 Marines, one Navy sailor who was assigned to a Marine Corps unit, and an Army Special Forces soldier. They died in an assault claimed by the Islamic State group’s Afghanistan affiliate, which additionally killed at least 170 Afghans.

The 11 Marines are Staff Sgt. Darin T. Hoover, 31, of Salt Lake City, Utah; Sgt. Johanny Rosariopichardo, 25, of Lawrence, Massachusetts; Sgt. Nicole L. Gee, 23, of Sacramento, California; Cpl. Hunter Lopez, 22, of Indio, California; Cpl. Daegan W. Page, 23, of Omaha, Nebraska; Cpl. Humberto A. Sanchez, 22, of Logansport, Indiana; Lance Cpl. David L. Espinoza, 20, of Rio Bravo, Texas; Lance Cpl. Jared M. Schmitz, 20, of St. Charles, Missouri; Lance Cpl. Rylee J. McCollum, 20, of Jackson, Wyoming; Lance Cpl. Dylan R. Merola, 20, of Rancho Cucamonga, California, and Lance Cpl. Kareem M. Nikoui, 20, of Norco, California. Also killed have been Navy Hospitalman Maxton W. Soviak, 22, of Berlin Heights, Ohio, and Army Staff Sgt. Ryan C. Knauss, 23, of Corryton, Tennessee.

The Pentagon stated Saturday their stays have been being flown to the United States.

ISTANBUL – Turkish media says an evacuation flight from Afghanistan has landed within the U.Ok. with an additional passenger — after cabin crew delivered a child lady mid-air.

When the normal cry of “Is there a doctor on the flight?” went unanswered on Saturday, Turkish Airlines workers helped 26-year-old Afghan Soman Noori give start at 30,000 toes, Demiroren News Agency stated.

Soman and her husband had been evacuated from Kabul to Dubai, United Arab Emirates, the place they caught a flight to Birmingham.

Shortly after the aircraft took off on Friday night time, Soman’s labor pains began and crew members stepped in to ship the couple’s third youngster.

The flight landed in Kuwait as a precautionary measure and mom and child have been deemed wholesome sufficient to hold on to the U.Ok.

The child lady was named Havva, which interprets as Eve in English.

LONDON — Britain’s protection ministry says the ultimate U.Ok. evacuation flight for Afghan nationals has left Kabul, because the nation’s ambassador introduced that it’s “time to close this phase of the operation.”

The U.Ok. navy says additional flights over the weekend will carry house British troops and diplomats, although they might additionally carry some remaining U.Ok. or Afghan civilians.

Britain’s ambassador to Afghanistan, Laurie Bristow, stated from Kabul airport it was “time to close this phase of the operation now.”

“But we haven’t forgotten the people who still need to leave,” he stated in a video posted on Twitter. “We’ll continue to do everything we can to help them. Nor have we forgotten the brave, decent people of Afghanistan. They deserve to live in peace and security.”

KABUL, Afghanistan — The Taliban have deployed further forces round Kabul’s airport to stop massive crowds from gathering after a lethal suicide assault two days earlier.

The large U.S.-led airlift is winding down forward of an Aug. 31 deadline, with many allies having accomplished their very own operations.

The Taliban on Saturday arrange new layers of checkpoints on roads resulting in the airport, some manned by uniformed fighters with Humvees and night-vision goggles captured from Afghan safety forces.

Areas the place massive crowds have massed for the previous two weeks have been largely empty. A suicide assault Thursday by an Islamic State affiliate killed 169 Afghans and 13 U.S. service members, and there are issues that the group may strike once more.

KABUL, Afghanistan — Hundreds of Afghans have protested outdoors a financial institution in Kabul as others type lengthy strains at money machines.

The protesters Saturday at New Kabul Bank included many civil servants demanding their salaries, which they stated had not been paid for the previous three to 6 months.

They stated although banks reopened three days in the past nobody has been in a position to withdraw money. ATM machines are nonetheless working, however withdrawals are restricted to round $200 each 24 hours, contributing to the formation of lengthy strains.

Meanwhile, a U.N. company warned {that a} worsening drought may depart hundreds of thousands in want of humanitarian help.

The financial disaster may give Western nations leverage as they urge Afghanistan’s new rulers to type an inclusive authorities and permit individuals to depart after the deliberate withdrawal of all U.S. forces on Aug. 31.

ROME — A NATO diplomat who helped coordinate evacuations at Kabul airport says the group will attempt its greatest to get those that have been left behind to security.

Stefano Pontecorvo spoke to reporters at Rome’s predominant airport Saturday morning shortly after disembarking from an Italian Air Force aircraft that carried out Italy’s closing evacuation of Afghan civilians.

“We crossed the line between possible and impossible to get in (to the airport) everybody we could, keep the airport running, to coordinate whatever” was doable given the state of affairs, stated Pontecorvo, who’s NATO’s senior civilian consultant to Afghanistan.

But Pontecorvo stated he was “unsatisfied because we left a few behind, which we are not abandoning, but we will strive our best” to get them to safety.

Referring to Thursday’s Islamic State attack outside the airport perimeter, Pontecorvo also praised “the generosity of the servicemen, who under threat, went to the gate and pulled family after family” inside the facility.

He referred to the 13 members of the U.S. military whose lives were lost, saying “even having lost in that way 12 brothers and one sister, in a couple of hours (the U.S. military) had the airport and everything else back running so we could get people out.”

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran’s supreme leader has called the situation in Afghanistan a tragedy and blamed the U.S. for the problems there.

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in his first official meeting with new president Ebrahim Raisi’s Cabinet on Saturday said “the tragedies in Afghanistan are deeply affecting human beings (and were) made by America.”

“The hardships they are suffering, the incidents that are happening, Thursday’s incident, such killings, all by America,” he said.

At the Kabul airport, thousands are still gathering in hope of fleeing the country after the Taliban takeover, even after a suicide attack Thursday killed 169 Afghans and 13 U.S. service members and amid warnings of more attacks. A massive U.S.-led airlift is winding down

Khamenei said Americans “occupied” Afghanistan for 20 years.

LONDON — Britain is starting to bring its troops home from Afghanistan as the country’s evacuation operation at Kabul airport ends.

A Royal Air Force plane carrying soldiers landed at the RAF Brize Norton air base northwest of London on Saturday morning. The troops are part of a contingent of 1,000 that has been based in Kabul to help run the airlift.

Flights bringing U.K. citizens and Afghans have largely ended, though the head of the armed forces, Gen. Nick Carter, said there would be a “very few” more on Saturday.

Britain says it has evacuated more than 14,500 people from Kabul in the past two weeks, but that as many as 1,000 Afghans entitled to come to the U.K. have been left behind.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson promised Friday to “shift heaven and earth” to get more people from Afghanistan to Britain by other means, though no concrete details have been offered.

ROME — Italy’s final evacuation flight of refugees from Afghanistan has landed at Rome’s Leonardo da Vinci airport.

The Italian Air Force C-130J with 58 Afghan citizens aboard arrived Saturday morning, some 17 hours after it departed from the Kabul airport and after a planned stopover.

Also aboard were Italy’s consul and a NATO diplomat who had coordinated evacuations at the Kabul airport.

Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio said Italy was prepared to work with the United Nations and with countries bordering Afghanistan on what he described as the “more difficult phase.”

He said that consisted of efforts to evacuate other Afghan citizens who worked with Italy’s military during its 20-year presence in Afghanistan but weren’t able to get into Kabul airport in time for the evacuation flights. He didn’t say how many still were eligible for evacuation to Italy.

Rescuing those citizens “would give them the same possibility” of starting a new life outside their homeland, Di Maio said in a brief statement at Rome’s airport. He said the 4,890 Afghans evacuated by Italy’s air force in 87 flights was the highest number of any European Union nation.

Italy’s remaining soldiers left on a separate flight from Kabul on Friday night. That air force flight went to Kuwait and the troops are due back in Italy early next week.

ROME — A U.N. agency is warning that worsening drought in Afghanistan threatens the livelihoods of more than 7 million people.

The Rome-based Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) on Saturday issued an appeal for humanitarian assistance. Adding to the plight of what the agency termed “severe drought” are the economic impact of COVID-19 and widespread internal displacement of Afghans amid enduring conflict.

Earlier this month, the U.N. World Food Program, another Rome-based agency, estimated that some 14 million people — roughly one out of every three Afghans — urgently need food assistance.

The FAO said crucial help is needed ahead of the winter wheat planting season, which begins in a month in many areas.

FAO’s representative in Afghanistan, Richard Trenchard, said in a statement that “disaster looms” if sufficient help doesn’t materialize for the next winter wheat season.

WASHINGTON — The United States military struck back at the Islamic State on Saturday, bombing an IS member in Afghanistan less than 48 hours after a devastating suicide bombing claimed by the group killed as many as 169 Afghans and 13 American service members at the Kabul airport.

U.S. Central Command said the U.S. conducted a drone strike against an Islamic State member in Nangarhar believed to be involved in planning attacks against the U.S. in Kabul. The strike killed one individual, and spokesman Navy Capt. William Urban said they knew of no civilian casualties.

It wasn’t clear if that individual was involved specifically in the Thursday suicide blast outside the gates of the Kabul airport, where crowds of Afghans were desperately trying to get in as part of the ongoing evacuation from the country after the Taliban’s rapid takeover.

The airstrike fulfilled a vow President Joe Biden made to the nation Thursday when he said the perpetrators of the attack would not be able to hide. “We will hunt you down and make you pay,” he said. Pentagon leaders told reporters Friday that they were prepared for whatever retaliatory action the president ordered.

“We have options there right now,” said Maj. Gen. Hank Taylor of the Pentagon’s Joint Staff.

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