Biden reportedly receiving urgent briefings in White House situation room on explosion at Kabul airport – live | US news

[ad_1] 4.20pm BST 16:20 More than 30 patients have already arrived at the Kabul Surgical Centre following the explosions at the airport, according to a reporter for the Afghan network TOLO News. Six other patients were declared dead upon arrival to the hospital. A Taliban spokesperson previously said that at least 13 people had been … Read more

Women’s rights will be respected ‘within the limits of Islam’, say Taliban – video | World news

[ad_1] The Taliban said they wanted peaceful relations with other countries and would respect the rights of women ‘within the limits of Islam’, as they held their first press conference since seizing Kabul. During their rule between 1996 and 2001, the Taliban implemented their own strict interpretation of sharia law, preventing women from working and … Read more

Afghanistan: US and allies warn of ‘high’ terror threat at Kabul airport | Afghanistan

[ad_1] The United States has warned crowds trying to access Kabul airport to leave the area, as Britain and Australia cited the “high threat” of a terrorist attack. All three countries asked that people no longer attempt to travel to the airport, a distressing call as people with practically no other means of escape from … Read more

Afghanistan live news: UK warns of Kabul airport terror threat as evacuations enter desperate final phase | World news

[ad_1] 12.10am BST 00:10 Allied forces begin winding up evacuations US allies who were part of the coalition in Afghanistan have been winding up their evacuations, the Guardian’s Julian Borger and Peter Beaumont report: On Wednesday, Turkey said it would start withdrawing the last few hundred soldiers it has posted at the airport. According to … Read more

Fleeing Afghans should try to get to border, says UK defence secretary | Afghanistan

[ad_1] Afghans who want to flee to Britain may be better off “trying to get to the border” than awaiting RAF evacuation, the defence secretary has said as British troops made last-ditch attempts to airlift at least 1,500 remaining interpreters and others who have supported the UK. Ben Wallace, in a briefing to MPs, signalled … Read more

Afghanistan live news: unclear how many will be left behind after evacuation, says UK foreign secretary | World news

[ad_1] In the first week following the Taliban conquest of Kabul, Covid-19 vaccinations in Afghanistan have dropped by 80%, the UN agency UNICEF said, warning that half of the few doses delivered to the country so far are close to expiry. The Taliban seized control of the Afghan capital on 15 August, having already captured … Read more

Biden says US is ‘determined to complete this mission’ as Afghanistan evacuations reach 70,000 – live | US news

[ad_1] 10.32pm BST 22:32 “Each day of operations brings added risk to our troops,” Biden said, before ending his statements. “They’re real and significant challenges that we also have to take into consideration. The longer we stay starting with the acute and growing risk of an attack by a terrorist group.” The Taliban has said … Read more

UK evacuation from Kabul to end within ‘24 to 36 hours’, defence sources say | Afghanistan

[ad_1] Britain’s evacuation from Kabul is expected to end within “24 to 36 hours”, potentially abandoning thousands of Afghans, defence sources said as the increasingly bullish Taliban moved to prevent them travelling to the airport to flee. The US president, Joe Biden, rejected pleas from the UK for the humanitarian airlift to continue beyond 31 … Read more

‘Progress is on the line’: former Afghan ambassador warns of women’s fate under Taliban rule | Afghanistan

[ad_1] The embassy of Afghanistan occupies a handsome redbrick mansion in a serene and tree-lined Washington neighbourhood, set back from dog-walkers and joggers, as distant from the gunfire and panic of Kabul as could be imagined. It has entered a diplomatic twilight zone, flying the flag of a government that no longer exists. Roughly 30 … Read more

Afghanistan live news: CIA director met Taliban leader in Kabul, reports say, amid doubts over evacuation extension | World news

[ad_1] 12.21pm BST 12:21 EU has evacuated its staff from Afghanistan The EU has evacuated all its staff and their families from Afghanistan, apart from some officials working at Kabul airport, a spokesperson for the European Commission has said. “All the staff who needed to be evacuated have been evacuated,” he told journalists in Brussels. … Read more