The takeover of power by the Taliban is causing panic among the Afghan people. Many people are desperately trying to get into evacuation planes.
Kabul – After a ten-day campaign of conquest through Afghanistan *, the Taliban reached the capital Kabul on Sunday, whereupon the government had to admit its defeat. President Ashraf Ghani also fled the country before taking power. The Bundeswehr takes part in the evacuation flights.
The Afghan people are alarmed and are looking for ways to flee abroad. On Monday, shocking images of the airport in Kabul went around the world. People tried with all their might to get into the US transport plane taking off and some clung desperately to the machines taking off.
Afghanistan: Bundeswehr dispatches first evacuation flight – only seven people from excursion list on board
According to local media reports, people died when they were run over by planes or fell down. According to the Pentagon, two armed men in the crowd were killed by US soldiers after they waved their weapons “in a threatening manner.” The US government dispatched around 6,000 soldiers to clear the airfield and the airport to secure.
The Bundeswehr brought the first group of people to safety on Tuesday night, as the Federal Ministry of Defense announced. As the picture-Zeitung reported and could be inferred from government circles, but only seven people from the official excursion list were on board on the return flight.
The flight to Uzbekistan only started after hours of delay, as the US military suspended air traffic until the evening after the onslaught of thousands of people. Other states such as the USA or Germany are currently working flat out to fly their civilian personnel out of the crisis area.
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It is still unclear how many people were on board during the Bundeswehr’s first evacuation flight. The ministry continued that its own soldiers in Kabul are to prepare further such transports. The Air Force wants to set up an airlift between Kabul and the Uzbek capital Tashkent to bring German citizens and Afghan local staff from the Central Asian country to Germany on charter flights *.
In Western countries there was great dismay after the rapid takeover. Chancellor Angela Merkel described the situation on Monday as “terrible for the millions of Afghans who have campaigned for a free society”.
US President Joe Biden, on the other hand, remains behind his decision after he was criticized in the wake of the chaotic troop withdrawal and the takeover of the Taliban regime. “I stand upright behind my decision,” said Biden in a televised address. US soldiers should therefore “not fight and die in a war that the Afghan armed forces themselves do not want to fight”. He added that he did not regret his decision, even though he was “deeply sad” about the situation in Afghanistan.
On Tuesday, the NATO ambassador and the EU foreign minister called a crisis meeting in Brussels, and a virtual G7 summit is to be organized in the coming days. (ajr) * Merkur.de is an offer from IPPEN.MEDIA