Early Tuesday, the White House released its latest evacuation numbers out of Kabul: In the 24 hours ending at 3 a.m., approximately 21,600 people have been evacuated. They flew out on 37 U.S. military flights – including 32 C-17s and five C-130s – carrying that flew 8,900 people.
Thesays this brings its evacuation tally to about 58,700 people since Aug. 14. This comes a before the Aug. 31 deadline negotiated between the U.S. and Taliban for complete U.S. withdrawal. On Monday, the Taliban warned that going beyond that date would provoke a “reaction” because it indicated the U.S. occupation was continuing.
New threat: Brutal ISIS-K affiliate in Afghanistan poses a terror threat to U.S. evacuation.
White House at noon. On Monday, said Biden has had multiple conversations with world leaders in recent days, including British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Emmanuel Macron, Spanish President Pedro Sánchez, Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi, the emir of Qatar, Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, and Crown Prince of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan. Tuesday morning with leaders of the G7 nations to discuss the situation in Afghanistan. Biden is expected to speak at that meeting and offer other updates from the
“We remain in close touch with allies and partners to coordinate the evacuation of their citizens and their priority personnel, as well as to respond to the ongoing political and security situation in Afghanistan,” Psaki said.– Katie Waddington
on Monday, U.S. officials told the .
The highest-level meeting was between aofficial and the Taliban since the fundamentalist group took complete control of the country on Aug. 15. While Burns directs the U.S.’s leading spy agency, his longtime background is in diplomacy, making him technically the most veteran diplomat in President orbit.
The meeting comes as American and allied forces continue to rapidlyof U.S. and allied citizens and Afghans who are likely vulnerable to persecution under . The CIA has not of the meeting. For Burns, the conference also presented the opportunity to assess Afghanistan’s soon-to-be formal leader. Baradar, who the CIA imprisoned for 11 years, the meeting was another opportunity to display the Taliban’s capability as a governing force and negotiating partner.
After his release from prison in 2018, Baradar talked with Qatar’s Trump administration that negotiated U.S. from the country. He met face-to-face with then-Secretary of State , who had previously led the CIA in those meetings.
On Monday,Adviser Jake Sullivan and State Department spokesperson Ned Price confirmed the administration is in talks with the Taliban but did not elaborate on what those meetings entailed. – Matthew Brown
before U.S. forces are set to withdraw. Michelle Bachelet urged the Human Rights Council to take “bold and vigorous action” to monitor the rights situation in Afghanistan in the wake of the Taliban’s stunning takeover, as she sought to ensure that international attention on the country doesn’t wane.
Taliban leaders have promised to restore security and tried to project an image of moderation. Still, many Afghans are skeptical and are racing to leave the country, leading to chaos at Kabul’s. , it has been challenging to determine how widespread abuses might be and whether they reflect that Taliban leaders are saying one thing and doing another or if fighters on the ground are taking matters into their own hands.
Leaders from the Group of Seven nationsto discuss the burgeoning refugee crisis and the collapse of the Afghan government amid wrangling over whether the complete U.S. withdrawal of troops could be extended beyond the to allow more time to evacuate those desperate to leave. – Associated Press
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