Afghanistan: Interim regime agrees to let foreigners leave

Source: US News & World Report

“Two hundred Americans and other foreigners who remain in Afghanistan are set to depart the war-ravaged country on charter flights from Kabul on Thursday after the new Taliban government agreed to their evacuation, a U.S. official said. The departures will be among the first international flights to take off from Kabul airport since the Islamist militia seized the capital in mid-August, triggering the chaotic U.S.-led evacuation of 124,000 foreigners and at-risk Afghans.” [editor’s note: This is portrayed as the Taliban bowing to foreign diplomatic pressure (and even, in some circles, as a “hostage negotiation”), but that feels like typical propaganda (“they didn’t want to, but we MADE them”). I’ve yet to see any indication that the Taliban are interested in impeding the exit of foreigners from Afghanistan – TLK] (09/09/21)