Kabul: On Wednesday, after President Joe Biden confirmed that the US-led evacuation would end next week, Afghans faced an increasingly desperate race to escape from Taliban rule.
More than 70,000 people have been evacuated, but a large number of people are still staying outside the Kabul airport, hoping to escape the threat of retaliation and repression from Taliban-ruled Afghanistan.
Biden said on Tuesday that although European allies warned that not all vulnerable Afghans will be able to evacuate by then, the United States will still comply with his August 31 deadline for complete withdrawal.
“The sooner we can finish, the better… each day of operations brings added risk to our troops,” Biden said Tuesday.
“We are currently on the pace to finish by August 31.”
Many Afghans worry about the reenactment of the brutal five-year Taliban regime that was overthrown in 2001, and the violent retaliation in cooperation with foreign troops, Western missions, and former US-backed governments.
Washington and its allies use huge military transport aircraft to transport thousands of such Afghans every day, but this has become an increasingly difficult and desperate task.
The airport of the Afghan capital was in chaos as the US-led army tried to maintain a safe border for the evacuation flights, surrounded by desperate Afghans.
Some people have foreign passports, visas or travel qualifications, but most people don’t. At least eight people were killed in the chaos.
“Does anyone … ANYONE … have a contact inside the airport,” pleaded one American on a WhatsApp group set up to share information on how people can access the airport.
“My guy worked for us 2010-15 and needs to get out with 5 of his family. This is real bad.”
The Taliban have also been accused of preventing or slowing the entry of many people trying to reach the airport, although they again denied the allegation later on Tuesday.
Biden said that the Taliban are taking measures to provide assistance, but there is also a “serious and growing risk” of attacks by the “Islamic State” regional chapters.
According to US media reports on Tuesday, CIA Director William Burns flew to Kabul to have a secret meeting with Taliban supreme leader Abdul Ghani Baradar. Level meeting.
According to the New York Times, the head of the secret agent is not here to negotiate an extension of the deadline for withdrawal, but to conduct general talks on “evacuations and terrorist threats.”