AFGHANISTAN RETURNS TO TALEBANS: WHAT IS HAPPENING | NEWS 20 AUGUST 2021
Afghanistan has returned to the hands of the Taliban after 20 years of occupation by the United States and allied countries. The Islamic fundamentalist group, which in 2001 gave refuge to Al Qaeda terrorists, today seeks to accredit itself to the international community as a responsible and more open interlocutor on the front of rights, but from Afghanistan there are already reports of discrimination against women and sedated protests with fire. About 18,000 people have managed to leave the country since Sunday, but there are still thousands at Kabul airport who, desperate, hope to be able to leave the country to escape the restoration of the regime.
The G7 foreign ministers asked the Taliban to “guarantee safe passage for foreign citizens and Afghans who want to leave”. And while in Italy they are discussing the words of former Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte (“the Taliban are showing a relaxed attitude, a close dialogue is needed”), in the United States President Joe Biden explains that he “does not believe” the new image that the so-called Quranic students are trying to give of themselves. The Turkish leader, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, for his part argues that it is necessary to dialogue with the Taliban and warns the EU: “We will not be your deposit of migrants”. The Taliban, meanwhile, look to China: “It has an important role for Afghanistan” [Leggi l’analisi di Giampiero Gramaglia: L’Occidente scappa, i talebani esultano. Ma in Afghanistan sta arrivando la Cina].
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07.30 – Taliban: “China’s important role” – Suhail Shaheen, a spokesman for the Taliban, told Chinese state media that Beijing has played a constructive role in promoting peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan and is welcome to help rebuild the country. “China is a large country with a huge economy and capacity, I think it can play a very important role in the reconstruction and rehabilitation of Afghanistan,” Shaheen told CGTN television in an interview.
05.00 – Born: more than 18 thousand evacuated from Kabul since Sunday – More than 18,000 people have been evacuated from the Kabul airport since the Taliban took control of the Afghan capital. This was reported by a NATO official to the Reuters news agency.
03.00 – UN warns: the Taliban are looking for UN collaborators door to door – A UN report warns that the Taliban are stepping up their search for people who have worked with US and NATO forces and are moving “door to door” to find them. The confidential report – provided by UN threat assessment consultants and viewed by numerous media outlets – claims that the Islamist group has “priority lists” of individuals it wants to arrest and is threatening to kill or arrest family members if the wanted do not harm. themselves. Read the full article.
Thursday 19 August, 11.30 pm – Amnesty: “In July, brutal massacre by the Taliban in Malistan” – The NGO Amnesty International released a report accusing the Taliban of committing a “brutal” massacre last month against members of the Persian-speaking Hazara ethnic group in the village of Mundarakht, Malistan district, southwest of Kabul. . Amnesty cites witnesses that the Taliban killed 6 men and tortured 3 more in early July 2021. “The cold-blooded brutality of these killings is a reminder of the Taliban’s past and a horrifying indicator of what the government of the Taliban, ”Agnes Callamard, general secretary of Amnesty International, said in a statement.
10.00 pm – Erdogan: “Let’s sit down at the table with the Taliban. We will not be an EU deposit for migrants “- The Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, opens up to dialogue with the Taliban: “Our efforts are primarily directed at the stability and security of Afghanistan. If necessary, when the Taliban have nominated a government we could have meetings and if necessary establish a common agenda “, he declared. Turkey has been present in Afghanistan since 2002 and collaborates in maintaining the security of the airport together with other countries Born since 2015. Erdogan also warned that his country has no intention of becoming “the European Union depot for migrants” .
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