Fearful Afghans rush for the border, after airport closure
Thousands of Afghans trying to flee the country are now running towards borders.
A complete evacuation of the U.S after the Taliban’s takeover left foreign benefactors uncertain of how to respond to an approaching humanitarian crisis.
Due to the Kabul airport’s being unworkable, private efforts to help Afghans fearful of Taliban retaliations focused on positioning safe passage across the noncoastal nation’s borders with Iran, Pakistan, and Central Asian states.
More than 123,000 people were expatriates from Kabul in the U.S.-led airlift after the Taliban detained the city in mid-August, but tens of thousands of Afghans at risk endured behind.
French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said the Taliban is talking with Qatar and Turkey over how to run Kabul’s airport, but it could take days or weeks to conclude those discussions.
The U.N. Security Council insisted the Taliban license safe passage for those looking to leave, but it was not mentioned if there would be any creation of a safe zone, a step backed by France and others.
Whereas, the Taliban have professed an amnesty for all Afghans who worked with foreign forces during the war that exiled them from power in 2001 for their rejection to hand over al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden after the Sept. 11 attacks on the United States.
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