At least 20,000 Afghans threatened by the Taliban and forced to flee Afghanistan are welcome in Canada. The Canadian government announced that Friday (local time) announced. The new initiative is separate from an earlier plan to take in thousands of Afghans who have worked for the Canadian government, including interpreters, security guards and their families.
Dutch MPs will most likely return from recess on Tuesday to discuss the situation of Afghans who have worked for Dutch combat groups. D66 MP Salima Belhaj announces on Twitter that there is a debate applied for and that Afghans who have worked with the Dutch in their country are in a “life-threatening situation”. The Taliban see them as traitors.
According to outgoing Minister of Defense Ank Bijleveld (CDA), 110 interpreters and their families have now been brought to the Netherlands, of the 273 who have worked for the Netherlands. She hopes to be able to get the rest to the Netherlands “accelerated”, she told ANP news agency.
The first US Marines arrived at Kabul airport on Friday evening. In total, about 3,000 US military personnel are expected there in the coming days to help evacuate embassy personnel and Afghans who have worked with the Americans. Canada and the United Kingdom are also sending troops to Kabul to pick up nationals. Germany has asked the US for help to evacuate their embassy staff.
An internal memo read by the AFP news agency shows that U.S. embassy personnel have been ordered to collect “sensitive documents” and “objects bearing the embassy or Department logo, U.S. flags, and other items that could be used as propaganda tools.” to destroy. A spokesman for the US State Department says it is a normal procedure when the diplomatic presence in a country is reduced.
The Netherlands will also recall some of the embassy staff from Kabul early, but the Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced on Friday that the Dutch embassy in Afghanistan will remain open for the time being, because the security situation there is “adequately in order”.
Since the withdrawal of international troops from Afghanistan, the Taliban are well on their way to retaking the country. The Islamic terrorist movement has taken large parts of northern, western and southern Afghanistan and is said to have approached the capital Kabul within 50 kilometers on Saturday morning. About 38 million people live in Afghanistan.
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