Uzbekistan SHOOTS DOWN one Afghan fighter plane and forces another 46 aircrafts to land

Uzbekistan mentioned it shot down an Afghan fighter plane and pressured the touchdown of twenty-two navy planes and 24 navy helicopters carrying practically 600 Afghan troops that ‘illegally’ crossed its border on the weekend when the Taliban took management of Afghanistan.

The 46 Afghan aircrafts carrying 585 troops had been ‘forcibly landed’ at Termez aiport in southern Uzbekistan on Saturday and Sunday after that they had fled the Taliban, the nation’s state prosecutor mentioned.  

One of the Afghan navy planes that crossed the border was shot down by Uzbekistan’s air defence system on Sunday after it illegally entered the nation’s air area, the Uzbek defence ministry mentioned.

But the state prosecutor’s workplace contradicted this assertion and mentioned the plane had collided with an escorting Uzbek fighter jet inflicting each to crash within the southern province of Surkhondaryo.   

‘The pilots of those plane landed by parachute,’ the assertion mentioned. The two pilots within the navy plane had been reportedly injured and positioned in custody. 

It comes after each Uzbekistan and neighbouring Turkmenistan have held high-level talks with the Taliban bearing on safety and the way forward for regional infrastructure tasks.

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Video appears to show an injured Afghan pilot

Video appears to show an injured Afghan pilot

One of the Afghan navy planes that crossed the border was shot down by Uzbekistan’s air defence system on Sunday after it illegally entered the nation’s air area, the Uzbek defence ministry mentioned. Video seems to present one of the pilots injured within the crash

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One image posted on Twitter appears to show the wreckage of the Afghan military plane

One picture posted on Twitter seems to present the wreckage of the Afghan navy plane

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This image appears to show another pilot of the aircraft being helped after he crashed

This picture seems to present another pilot of the plane being helped after he crashed 

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The prosecutor’s assertion additionally mentioned that 158 civilians and navy personnel had crossed over the Amu Darya river into Uzbekistan by foot on Sunday and had been now below prison investigation.        

The navy plane’s reported crash late on Sunday set media abuzz in Uzbekistan as images and footage of the particles and wounded pilots circulated on Telegram.  

A plane crash was first reported by native media. Uzbekistan’s Defense Ministry initially mentioned it was learning movies and stories of the crash, then confirmed the plane crash befell with out providing any particulars. Only afterward Monday did officers reveal that the plane was downed.

Ministry officers instructed Russia’s state RIA Novosti information company that the nation’s air protection system ‘averted an try by an Afghan navy plane to illegally cross Uzbekistan’s air border.’ 

The Defense Ministry initially mentioned one Afghan serviceman was injured after ejecting himself from the plane. Later Monday, RIA Novosti reported that two pilots from the plane survived the crash and have been hospitalized in critical situation.

Bekpulat Okboyev, a health care provider within the metropolis of Termez, Surkhondaryo’s regional capital, instructed AFP his hospital had taken in two sufferers who had been carrying Afghan navy uniforms late on Sunday, that had been presumed to be the pilots of the plane.

The physician described one as being ‘with a parachute’ and famous that the person had suffered fractures.

Okboyev mentioned his hospital had additionally accepted three injured Afghan troopers a day earlier after a complete of 84 troops illegally crossed the border into the nation whereas fleeing the Taliban.

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Border guards are seen at a checkpoint at the Uzbekistan-Afghanistan border in Ayritom, Uzbekistan, on Sunday

Border guards are seen at a checkpoint on the Uzbekistan-Afghanistan border in Ayritom, Uzbekistan, on Sunday

Uzbekistan’s international ministry mentioned on Sunday that these Afghan troopers had been detained the evening earlier than by Uzbek border guards however had acquired humanitarian help.

The males had been supplied meals and momentary lodging in Uzbekistan, and the assertion mentioned Uzbekistan was negotiating with the ‘Afghan aspect’ over their return house.   

Caroline Tabler, a communications director for U.S. Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton, mentioned the GOP lawmaker’s workplace was working urgently to help Afghan pilots fleeing from the Taliban to Uzbekistan.

‘We’re working with an middleman who’s been in contact with the pilots,’ she instructed the AP. 

‘We haven’t heard from them since final evening (Washington) time. We know Uzbekistan has taken their cellphones. 

‘Our major concern is ensuring Uzbekistan doesn’t flip them over to the Taliban. We are frantically reaching out to the State Department on this case and attempting to get them asylum and actually cannot get a response.’

Reports of the plane crash appeared Monday as 1000’s of Afghans packed into the Kabul airport, speeding the tarmac and pushing onto planes in determined makes an attempt to flee the nation a day after the Taliban overthrew the Western-backed authorities. 

U.S. troops fired warning pictures as they struggled to handle the chaotic evacuation. 

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

The Taliban seized practically all of Afghanistan in simply over per week, regardless of the billions of {dollars} spent by the US and NATO over practically twenty years to construct up Afghan safety forces

Uzbekistan’s neighbour Tajikistan mentioned Monday it had allowed over 100 Afghan navy members to land at Bokhtar airport within the south of the nation.   

‘Tajikistan acquired SOS indicators, after which, in accordance with the nation’s worldwide obligations, it was determined to enable Afghan servicemen to land on the airport,’ the Tajik international ministry’s info division instructed Russian information companies Interfax and RIA Novosti.

RIA Novosti reported that three planes carrying the troopers had landed in Bokhtar in the course of the evening.

Central Asia has watched with alarm as the federal government in Kabul collapsed.

Three former Soviet international locations – Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan – border Afghanistan.

Of the three Central Asian international locations bordering Afghanistan, solely Tajikistan has eschewed talks with Taliban officers, who’ve assured neighbours of their dedication to regional peace and infrastructure tasks.   

Tajikistan has mentioned that it had not held talks with the group. Its chief has complained about ‘terrorist teams’ taking management of the border along with his mountainous nation.

The Taliban has moved to reassure its northern neighbours that it has no designs on them, even though a number of Central Asian international locations supplied logistical help to Washington’s warfare effort. 

It comes after 1000’s of Afghans rushed into Kabul’s predominant airport on Monday, some so determined to escape the Taliban that they held onto a navy jet because it took off and plunged to their deaths. 

At least seven individuals died within the chaos, U.S. officers mentioned, as America’s longest warfare ended with its enemy the victor.

Desperate Afghan nationals tried to run onto RCH 885 as it took off from the airfield on Monday. Some were crushed by the C-17's wheels and others clung to the fuselage as it took off

Desperate Afghan nationals tried to run onto RCH 885 because it took off from the airfield on Monday. Some had been crushed by the C-17’s wheels and others clung to the fuselage because it took off

The crowds got here whereas the Taliban enforced their rule over the capital of 5 million individuals after a lightning advance throughout the nation that took simply over per week to dethrone the nation’s Western-backed authorities. 

There had been no main stories of abuses or preventing, however many residents stayed house and remained fearful after the insurgents’ advance noticed prisons emptied and armories looted.

Across the nation, the International Committee of the Red Cross warned that 1000’s had been wounded in preventing. Elsewhere, safety forces and politicians handed over their provinces and bases with out a combat, seemingly believing the two-decade Western experiment to remake Afghanistan wouldn’t survival the resurgent Taliban. The final American troops had deliberate to withdraw on the finish of the month.

‘The world is following occasions in Afghanistan with a heavy coronary heart and deep disquiet about what lies forward,’ warned United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.

As the U.S. navy and others continued evacuation flights, Afghans swarmed over the worldwide airport’s tarmac. Some climbed into plane parked on the taxiway, whereas others dangled precariously off a jet bridge.

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

Afghan individuals climb atop a plane as they wait on the Kabul airport in Kabul on Monday

Desperate Afghan families trying to escape Kabul scale the walls of the airport on Monday

Desperate Afghan households attempting to escape Kabul scale the partitions of the airport on Monday 

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 international locations have additionally closed their missions and are flying out employees and civilians after the Taliban walked into Kabul’s presidential palace

U.S. troops took positions to guard the lively runway, however the crowd stormed previous them and their armored autos. Gunshots rang out. As one U.S. Air Force Boeing C-17 Globemaster III tried to take off, a helicopter did low runs in entrance of it to strive to drive individuals off the runway.

Videos confirmed a gaggle of Afghans hanging onto the plane simply earlier than takeoff and a number of falling by the air because the airplane quickly gained altitude over the town.

FALL OF KABUL: A TIMELINE OF THE TALIBAN’S FAST ADVANCE AFTER 40 YEARS OF CONFLICT 

Feb. 29, 2020 Trump negotiates cope with the Taliban setting U.S. withdrawal date for May 1, 2021 

Nov. 17, 2020 Pentagon publicizes it is going to cut back troop ranges to 2500 in Afghanistan

Jan. 15, 2020 Inspector normal reveals ‘hubris and lying’ of U.S. efforts in Afghanistan 

Feb 3. 2021 Afghan Study Group report warns in opposition to withdrawing  ‘irresponsibly’

March Military command makes last-ditch effort to speak Biden out of withdrawal 

April 14 Biden publicizes withdrawal shall be accomplished by Sept. 11 

May 4 – Taliban fighters launch a serious offensive on Afghan forces in southern Helmand province. They additionally assault in a minimum of six different provinces

May 11 – The Taliban seize Nerkh district simply exterior the capital Kabul as violence intensifies throughout the nation

June 7 – Senior authorities officers say greater than 150 Afghan troopers are killed in 24 hours as preventing worsens. They add that preventing is raging in 26 of the nation’s 34 provinces

June 22 – Taliban fighters launch a collection of assaults within the north of the nation, removed from their conventional strongholds within the south. The UN envoy for Afghanistan says they’ve taken greater than 50 of 370 districts

July 2 – The U.S. evacuates Bagram Airfield in the midst of the evening 

July 5 – The Taliban say they might current a written peace proposal to the Afghan authorities as quickly as August

July 21 – Taliban insurgents management a few half of the nation’s districts, in accordance to the senior U.S. normal, underlining the size and pace of their advance

July 25 – The United States vows to proceed to help Afghan troops ‘within the coming weeks’ with intensified airstrikes to assist them counter Taliban assaults

July 26 – The United Nations says practically 2,400 Afghan civilians had been killed or wounded in May and June in escalating violence, the best quantity for these months since information began in 2009 

Aug. 6 – Zaranj within the south of the nation turns into the primary provincial capital to fall to the Taliban in years. Many extra are to observe within the ensuing days, together with the prized metropolis of Kunduz within the north 

Aug. 13 – Pentagon insists Kabul isn’t below imminent risk 

Aug. 14 – The Taliban take the key northern metropolis of Mazar-i-Sharif and, with little resistance, Pul-e-Alam, capital of Logar province simply 70 km (40 miles) south of Kabul. The United States sends extra troops to assist evacuate its civilians from Kabul as Afghan President Ashraf Ghani says he’s consulting with native and worldwide companions on subsequent steps

Aug. 15 – The Taliban take the important thing japanese metropolis of Jalalabad with out a combat, successfully surrounding Kabul

Taliban insurgents enter Kabul, an inside ministry official says, because the United States evacuate diplomats from its embassy by helicopter

Senior American navy officers, who spoke on situation of anonymity to focus on the continued operation, instructed The Associated Press that the chaos left seven lifeless, together with a number of who fell from the flight. 

Pentagon spokesman John Kirby mentioned U.S. forces killed two individuals he described as carrying weapons within the melee. He mentioned 1,000 extra U.S. troops can be deployed to safe the airfield and again up the two,500 already there.

All flights on the airport – each navy and civilian – had been halted till Afghan civilians may be cleared from the runway, Kirby added.

Late Monday evening, lots of of individuals remained trapped between American forces attempting to push them out of the airport and Taliban forces attempting to hold them in, witnesses mentioned. An Associated Press journalist additionally noticed what appeared to be an airstrike goal two autos close to the airport.

Shafi Arifi, who had a ticket to journey to Uzbekistan on Sunday, was unable to board his plane as a result of it was full of individuals who had raced throughout the tarmac and climbed aboard, with no police or airport employees in sight.

‘There was no room for us to stand,’ mentioned the 24-year-old. ‘Children had been crying, ladies had been shouting, younger and outdated males had been so indignant and upset, no one might hear one another. There was no oxygen to breathe.’

After a lady fainted and was carried off the plane, Arifi gave up and returned house.

Other Afghans, like Rakhmatula Kuyash, are additionally attempting to depart by land border crossings, all of which at the moment are managed by the Taliban.

‘I’m misplaced and I do not know what to do,’ mentioned Kuyash, who crossed into Uzbekistan on Sunday after leaving his kids and kinfolk in Afghanistan. ‘I left the whole lot behind.’ 

Meanwhile, President Ashraf Ghani, who earlier left the nation, confronted Russian allegations he fled Kabul with 4 automobiles and a helicopter full of money. His whereabouts remained unclear.

The U.S. Embassy has been evacuated and the American flag lowered, with diplomats relocating to the airport to assist with the evacuation. Other Western international locations additionally closed their missions and had been flying out employees and their residents.

In interviews with U.S. tv networks, National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan blamed the Afghan navy for the Taliban’s fast takeover, saying it lacked the need to combat.

However, the convenience with which the Taliban took management goes past navy prowess, the Texas-based non-public intelligence agency Stratfor wrote.

‘The pace of the Taliban’s closing advance suggests much less navy dominance than efficient political insurgency coupled with an incohesive Afghan political system and safety drive battling flagging morale,’ it mentioned.

The Taliban offensive by the nation surprised American officers. Just days earlier than the insurgents entered Kabul with little if any resistance, a U.S. navy evaluation predicted it might take months for the capital to fall.

The rout threatened to erase 20 years of Western efforts to remake Afghanistan that noticed tens of 1000’s of Afghans killed in addition to greater than 3,500 U.S. and allied troops. The preliminary invasion in 2001 drove the Taliban from energy and scattered al-Qaida, which had deliberate the 9/11 assaults whereas being sheltered in Afghanistan.

Under the Taliban, which dominated in accordance with a harsh interpretation of Islamic legislation, ladies had been largely confined to their houses and suspected criminals confronted amputation or public execution. The insurgents have sought to venture better moderation in recent times, however many Afghans stay skeptical.

Journalists to this point have been in a position to work, although Taliban militants visited the non-public satellite tv for pc channel Tolo TV in search of ‘government-issued weapons,’ mentioned station proprietor Saad Mohsini. Some militants placed on Afghan navy uniforms and started doing patrols, arresting suspected robbers.

Filippo Grandi, the United Nations’ High Commissioner for Refugees, individually described interactions with the Taliban as ‘comparatively optimistic.’

On Monday, Nillan, a 27-year-old resident of Kabul who requested to be recognized solely by her first identify for concern of reprisals, mentioned she didn’t see a single girl out on the streets throughout a 15-minute drive, ‘solely males and boys.’

‘It appears like time has stopped. Everything’s modified,’ she instructed the AP.

She added: ‘It appears like our life and our future has ended.’