Canada Ends Evacuation of Canadian Nationals and Afghan Refugees from Afghanistan – .

Canada Ends Evacuation of Canadian Nationals and Afghan Refugees from Afghanistan – .

U.S. Air Force loaders and pilots assigned to the 816th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron load evacuees from Afghanistan onto a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul on August 24.

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Evacuation flights of Canadian nationals and Afghan refugees at Kabul airport have ended and the majority of Canadian special forces left about eight hours ago, the acting chief of staff said on Thursday. Defense, General Wayne Eyre.

“Our evacuation efforts have ceased and the majority of staff have now left Hamid Karzai International Airport,” he said at a press briefing. “A small contingent remains on the ground to support and coordinate our airlift for the demotion of Allied sources as conditions permit. “

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Before the closure of Kabul airport, Canada had flown nine emergency airlifts, bringing more than 800 people back to Canada, but several thousand will have to escape the Taliban by passing through other countries.

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Cindy Termorshuizen, Assistant Deputy Minister for Global Affairs, urged Canadian nationals, permanent residents and former Afghan support personnel, who have worked for the Canadian military and diplomacy, to find a safe place to stay. hide as they try to find a way out of the Taliban. controlled Afghanistan.

“We encourage Canadians still in the country to stay in touch with us,” she said. “If you must move to a safe location, please do so with great caution. Use your judgment to decide the right time and the safest ways to do it.

In the weeks and months to come, Canada will work with its allies to find a way to help these people get to Canada, she said.

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