The evacuation mission in Afghanistan will end shortly. At the same time, the threat of terrorism at Kabul Airport is growing. The pressure is immense.
- The Bundeswehr will fly its last soldiers out of Afghanistan * this Friday.
- Thousands of people are still waiting for an evacuation at Kabul Airport. Local staff * continue to hope to leave the country.
- Meanwhile, the risk of terrorist attacks increases there.
- This news ticker is continuously updated.
Update from August 26, 8:45 a.m .: The German government continues to hope to negotiate civil evacuation options with the Taliban after the end of the military airlift. Foreign Minister Niels Annen (SPD) told the newspapers of the Funke media group on Thursday. He called it “regrettable that we cannot continue the airlift.”
“Since the beginning of the evacuation, the federal government has been looking for solutions parallel to the airlift on several levels,” stressed Annen. “We are therefore in talks with the Taliban in Doha as well as with neighboring countries of Afghanistan – such as Pakistan – in order to continue the evacuation on a civilian basis after August 31.”
Evacuation mission from Afghanistan: the last Bundeswehr plane takes off on Thursday
Update from August 26th, 8.15 a.m .: The Bundeswehr continued its evacuation mission for Germans and local staff in Afghanistan on Thursday morning. At around 7.15 a.m. CEST, an A400M transport aircraft took off from the Uzbek capital Tashkent in the direction of Kabul, according to the operational command on Twitter. It is supposed to take in more refugees there.
The evening before, the Bundeswehr had flown 167 people out of the Afghan capital on the last of several flights on Wednesday. “A total of 5193 people have been brought to safety by the Bundeswehr since the start of the evacuation mission – yesterday alone there were 539 people to be protected,” wrote the Ministry of Defense on Twitter on Thursday. “We evacuate until the last second.”
First report from August 26th, 7.25 a.m .:
Kabul – Now it is clear: The Bundeswehr mission in Afghanistan ends this week. The last German soldiers are to be flown out of Kabul on Friday. The final withdrawal of US troops is due on Tuesday (August 31). Thousands of people at Kabul Airport continue to hope for an evacuation. Federal Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer (CDU) spoke on Wednesday of the “most dangerous phase of the evacuation mission”. The time for evacuations is running out. At the same time, the risk of terrorist attacks at the airport is increasing.
Because shortly before the presumed end of the militarily secured evacuations, the security situation there worsens dramatically. The German embassy in Afghanistan and other agencies are warning of the threat of terrorism around the capital’s airport. “Due to the security threats at the gates of Kabul airport, we advise US citizens not to travel to the airport at the moment and to avoid the airport gates,” said the US embassy on Thursday night – without specifying the threat situation to name. There is a danger situation at the gates of the airport, warned the embassy on Thursday night. “US citizens who are currently at Abbey Gate, East Gate or North Gate should leave the area immediately,” it said.
The British embassy also urged its citizens in Afghanistan to go to a safe place and await further instructions.
Afghanistan: Warnings of terrorist threat at the airport – time for evacuations is running out
In a letter, the German embassy warned its citizens of shootings and terrorist attacks. The Bundeswehr reported on Tuesday that there were an increasing number of potential suicide bombers from the terrorist organization Islamic State in Kabul. US President Joe Biden had made a similar statement. A local branch of IS tries to attack the airport practically every day, he said. The terrorist militia is also a “declared enemy” of the militant Islamist Taliban.
Turkey has also started to withdraw its soldiers. This should also mean that the option, which was discussed at times, that Turkish troops secure the international airport in Kabul after the end of the NATO mission should also be off the table. It is unclear whether people will be able to leave the airport via the airport after August 31.
The US government stressed that there was no “deadline” for its efforts to help US Americans or Afghans wishing to leave the country. Foreign Minister Antony Blinken said the Taliban had undertaken to ensure that people were safely escorted beyond August 31. “And we certainly have incentives and leverage over a future Afghan government to ensure that this happens,” Blinken said without going into detail.
Bundeswehr withdrawal from Afghanistan – UN report: security situation largely calm
A UN report now states: The security situation in Afghanistan * has been largely calm since the militant Islamist Taliban came to power. This emerges from a weekly report by the UN Agency for the Coordination of Humanitarian Aid (OCHA), which was published on Wednesday evening. In the vast majority of regions of the country, the security situation in the reporting period – the week after the Taliban came to power – was comparatively calm. (aka / dpa) * Merkur.de is an offer from IPPEN.MEDIA.
Also read: The son of a well-known Taliban opponent * wants to form resistance in Afghanistan. He gathers fighters around him in the Pandjir Valley.
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