The final evacuation Kabul has started this Friday again and thousands have will be down. The British military are packing their cargo, processing those inside the airport and began their withdrawal from Afghanistan, after their defeat against the Taliban and the brutal attack by ISIS K. A hundred have already left today but the diplomats are still in the country.
They will not summon more people to join in “these final hours”, as announced by the British defense ministry on Friday morning. There are fears more attacks during the evacuation process and that they will try to target one of the planes taking off.
“Today, (for this Friday) at 4:30 in the British morning, we closed the Baron Hotel, we closed the door of the processing center and that of Abbey Gate. We will process the people that we brought with us, about 1000 people at the terminal and we will find a way to help the people in the crowd however we can, “said British Secretary of State Ben Wallace.
“But major processing is over and we only have a few hours. The sadness is that not everyone will be able to leave ”, he announced.
Bodies of the victims of the attack lie outside the Kabul hospital. Photo: AP
They accelerate evacuation due to attack
The continuation of the evacuation and simultaneously, the closing of the airport gates, was the consequence of the complex terrorist attack, which left 95 Afghans killed, many of them children. 13 Marines were also killed. There are more than 200 injured
Among the fatal victims are children and Taliban militants, who controlled the area around the airport, in agreement with Westerners.
Other two explosions more exploded at night but the Taliban attributed it to destruction of equipment by US forces.
When thousands of Afghans waited to leave and waved their acceptance papers to draw attention to the soldiers, a suicide imploded on Thursday afternoon in the crowd at the sewage canal near the Baron hotel.
Very shortly after a supposed fire engine detonated at the entrance to the Kabul airport, in the midst of the evacuation of Westerners from Afghanistan, plus a firefight with weapons on civilians and the military.
North American team in destruction
Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid, a Taliban spokesman, said Thursday night that the two new nighttime explosions that scared the capital “are caused by US forces. destroying equipment and that the population should not worry ”.
A German plane with Medivac, which was bypassing the Kabul airport, evacuated the wounded American troops after the attack.
There are 200 injured. No British casualties have been recorded. At least 60 wounded have reached the Kabul Surgical Center.
The Isis Korashan an arm of the self-proclaimed Islamic State, based in Afghanistan, which has Westerners and the Taliban as enemies, claimed responsibility for the attack on the Telegram network.
A Taliban spokesman condemned the suicide attack in Kabul and confirmed that “the attack was carried out in the area controlled by US forces.”
The Taliban special forces, which belong to the Haqani clan, had detected ISIS K members filming potential targets at the airport five days ago, according to CNN. They moved into the airport and its surroundings for their control, when the first threats from ISIS were known.
Rosella Miccio, president of the NGO Emergency at the Kabul hospital, said the place is “overflowing” with patients from the attack. At least 10 arrived dead at the hospital. Those who have reached the place are civilians.
The explosions at the airport
There were not one but two separate explosions in the vicinity of the airport. The attack was not inside the airport but in the route which leads to the processing center for Afghans who had to leave, in the vicinity of the Baron hotel, which processed Afghans to leave and at the Abbey gate, one of the three entrances to the airport.
With this method of twin attack, the terrorism in Kabul tried to achieve a double impact. At the first bomb generate many victims and when the second fire engine exploded, injuring or killing the security services, military, and medical personnel who had come to help. This was an attack not only on Western forces but also on the Taliban, which has just taken over the country and is preparing to form a government.
Another militiaman began firing at the crowd. The second bomb exploded in the vicinity of the Baron Hotel, where Afghans leaving the country were being classified. In those ranks there was no control of the people arriving and there was always a potential for terrorist attacks. The suicide was detonated when a soldier touched him, according to British sources.
“An imminent and deadly terrorist attack” was expected at the Kabul airport. The warning was issued by the British Armed Forces Minister James Heapey on Thursday morning.
He wanted to warn the people of Kabul to approach the airport in these conditions “it is dangerous”, as well as the foreigners who still remain in the Afghan capital.
Thousands of Afghans and Europeans were waiting outside to be evacuated. Many of them had no chance of being taken into account when the attack took place.
Norway, the Netherlands, Canada, Belgium and Denmark immediately canceled the evacuation. Spain did it today and its last plane will arrive in Madrid.
Families flee Afghanistan on the border with Pakistan. Photo: EFE
The British government asks its citizens, who have not finished being evacuated, to settle in “safe houses” and wait receive “new instructions” to be evacuated. At least 1,000 British or dual citizens remain to leave.
British Defense Secretary Ben Wallace believes the only way out is to cross the borders of pakistan, Iran, India and Turkey to pick up those who have been approved and not evacuated. But they do not want to publish the exit routes so as not to make them unsafe.
British Foreign Minister Dominique Raab contacted US Secretary of State Antony Blinken. He said the attack was “a clear reminder of the dangerous situation” in Afghanistan.
Sharing intelligence with the Taliban
Today the only alternative is for British and American forces to collaborate with the Taliban because they have run out of intelligence on the ground. They are currently sharing it and they delivered a list of people who must leave the country.
A fact that terrifies those who want to escape from the regime, when they have denounced summary executions and house-to-house visits to those who worked for Westerners.
A journalist from The Times, accompanied by a Taliban, found in the abandoned British embassy in Kabul documentation of Western military interpreters that they should leave, their curriculum, their addresses and cell phones.
The fear of retaliation from those who have not managed to flee increases with the hours. A sense of abandonment, disappointment and risk takes hold of the interpreters left to their own devices.
General Lord Richard Dannat, the head of the British Army, thinks sharing intelligence with the Taliban is “a dangerous game. It is a question of when the emergency prevails. It is the case of “the enemy of my enemy is my friend. But we are in a dimension of the worst situation. They now know who wants to go, whom we failed to get out. The Taliban know who they are and their places are under threat, ”he clarified.
ISIS K, the perpetrator of the attack, is a declared enemy of the Westerners and the Taliban, who reproaches him for the distortion he makes of the Islamic sharia and his interpretation of Islam.
The double attack at the airport was one enormous intensity and damage.
An Afghan interpreter, who was waiting to be evacuated to Britain, described to Sky News a “scenario that seemed World’s End. We saw people running with blood on their faces and on their bodies ”.
More attacks are feared
Terrorists are feared to attempt a drone strike on the airport, before the evacuation ends on August 31. It was announced again this Friday by the British defense secretary. They fear that they will try to bring down a western plane with a drone or a missile.
Britain has issued an ordinance to airlines so that Avoid Afghan airspace below 25,000 ft. , after the attack on the Kabul airport.
The fear of the military is that this is the beginning of a series of attacks, which may last until the completion of the evacuation. They expect more attacks at the terminal.
Kabul hospitals are overflowing with wounded. At least 150 people came to the emergency after the explosion. In taxis, in buses, in private vehicles and in ambulances, the wounded were transferred to the different hospitals.
Pet Farthing, a former British Royal Marine commando and Iraq and Afghanistan veteran, who is in a battle with the British defense ministry to be evacuated along with his pets and his 67 Afghan staff in a chartered plane, was in the vicinity of the Kabul airport when the attack occurred.
“Suddenly we heard gunshots and our vehicle was the target. If our driver hadn’t reversed, I would have received a shot in the head of a man with an AK47. We were at the airport, then outside the airport. Everything is chaos. I must be sure that we and the animals are safe ”, said the owner of the NGO Nowzad, who collect cats and dogs in Afghanistan. His Polish chartered plane is still waiting on the runway.
The Americans have informed the Allies that they they will need “several days” to extract their 6,000 troops and extract or destroy the country’s equipment before the withdrawal date is reached next Tuesday.
France insisted that the next 48 hours “They will be extremely risky to get more people out of Kabul ”. But that they are going to continue with their mission “because terrorism cannot prevent the rescue of the evacuees.”