Firefight at Kabul Airport involving Afghan, US, German forces -Bundeswehr


KABUL:

A firefight broke out between unidentified gunmen, Western safety forces and Afghan guards on the North Gate of Kabul airport on Monday, Germany’s armed forces mentioned, as hundreds of Afghans and foreigners thronged the airport, searching for to flee Taliban rule.

One Afghan guard was killed and three others had been injured within the battle, which additionally concerned US and German forces, the German army mentioned on Twitter, with out specifying whether or not the lifeless Afghan was one of many Taliban fighters deployed to protect the airport.

The airport has been a scene of chaos for the reason that Taliban seized the Afghan capital on Aug 15 as US and worldwide forces attempt to evacuate residents and weak Afghans.

On Sunday, Taliban fighters beat again crowds on the airport a day after seven Afghans had been killed in a crush on the gates because the deadline for the withdrawal of international troops approaches.

Foreign forces in Afghanistan haven’t sought to increase the Aug. 31 deadline to depart the nation, a Taliban official mentioned on Monday, after President Joe Biden mentioned US troops would possibly keep longer to supervise a “hard and painful” evacuation.

Read West struggles with Afghanistan chaos, Biden once more defends withdrawal

The Taliban seized energy in Afghanistan simply over every week in the past because the United States and its allies withdrew troops after a 20-year battle geared toward overthrowing the Taliban and searching down al Qaeda after the 9/11 assaults.

Foreign forces had been working in the direction of the end-August deadline agreed with the Taliban to depart the nation and had not sought to increase it but, a senior authorized adviser to the Taliban management informed Reuters on Monday.

Biden, who final week flagged the opportunity of troops remaining longer, mentioned on Sunday the safety scenario in Afghanistan was altering quickly and remained harmful.

“Let me be clear, the evacuation of thousands from Kabul is going to be hard and painful” and would have been “no matter when it began”, Biden mentioned in a briefing on the White House.

“We have a long way to go and a lot could still go wrong.”

Asked by a reporter whether or not the United States would lengthen an Aug. 31 deadline for evacuations, Biden replied: “Our hope is we will not have to extend but there are going to be discussions I suspect on how far along we are in the process.”

Biden mentioned he had directed the State Department to contact Americans stranded within the nation, the place Taliban checkpoints are in place.

“We’re executing a plan to move groups of these Americans to safety and to safely and effectively move them to the airport compound. For security reasons, I’m not going to go into detail … but I will say again today what I’ve said before: Any American who wants to get home will get home.”

Afghan allies of the West and weak Afghans comparable to girls activists and journalists can be helped too, he mentioned.

Civilian plane

Panicked Afghans have clamoured to board flights out of Kabul, fearing reprisals and a return to a harsh model of Islamic regulation that the group applied when it was final in energy, 20 years in the past.

The United States on Sunday sought the assistance of six business airways to move individuals after their evacuation from Afghanistan. Biden mentioned individuals fleeing Afghanistan had been being assisted by greater than two dozen nations in 4 continents.

Japan mentioned it can ship a army plane to Afghanistan on Monday to carry again its residents. More flights are anticipated to repatriate not solely Japanese residents but additionally Afghans working on the Japanese embassy or with Japanese missions, a authorities spokesperson mentioned.

A United Nations flight transported 120 individuals from Kabul to Kazakhstan on Sunday, mentioned UN spokesperson Stephane Dujarric. Passengers included UN personnel and members of non-governmental organizations who work with the United Nations in Afghanistan, he mentioned, including that it was the second such flight prior to now week.

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Opposition

Leaders of the Taliban, who’ve sought to indicate a extra reasonable face since capturing Kabul, have begun talks on forming a authorities.

They face opposition from forces in northern Afghanistan, which mentioned this weekend that they had taken three districts near the Panjshir valley.

Anti-Taliban chief Ahmad Massoud mentioned on Sunday he hoped to carry peaceable talks with the militant motion however that his forces within the Panjshir – remnants of military items, particular forces and militiamen – had been able to battle.

“We want to make the Taliban realise that the only way forward is through negotiation,” he mentioned. “We do not want a war to break out.”

The Taliban mentioned a whole bunch of their fighters had been heading in the direction of Panjshir, exhibiting a video on Twitter of a column of captured vehicles with the white Taliban flag however nonetheless bearing their authorities markings transferring alongside a freeway.

Reuters spoke to eight docs in public hospitals in a number of Taliban managed cities elsewhere within the nation who mentioned that they had not heard of any violence or acquired any wounded or our bodies of individuals killed in clashes since Thursday.

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