Evacuations in Afghanistan are accelerating; Taliban promise women’s rights, press – .

Evacuations in Afghanistan are accelerating; Taliban promise women’s rights, press – .

People wait to be evacuated from Afghanistan at Kabul airport on August 18, 2021 following the stunning takeover of the country by the Taliban. (Photo by – / AFP) (Photo by – / AFP via Getty Images)
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Evacuations from Kabul’s Hamid Karzai International Airport gathered pace on Wednesday after a frenzied and murderous start to the week as foreigners and Afghans scramble to leave the country now under Taliban control.
Thousands of diplomats and aid workers have been evacuated, Western governments say, along with at least several hundred Afghans, though exact numbers remain unclear.

More than 2,200 diplomats and other civilian workers have so far been evacuated on military flights, according to Reuters citing an anonymous security official, although the nationalities of the evacuees have not been confirmed and it is not known. not if that figure includes the more than 600 Afghans. crammed into an American C-17 plane that took them to Qatar.

Evacuees crowd inside a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III transport plane, carrying some 640 Afghans to Qatar from Kabul, Afghanistan, August 15, 2021.
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The British government says it is removing around 1,000 people a day from Afghanistan. UK Home Secretary Priti Patel told the BBC on Wednesday: “We are always bringing out UK nationals… and Afghan nationals who are part of our local employment program. “

Taliban rights promises, amnesty

Missions are conducted as the Taliban expose to the world what they claim their leadership looks like.

In a somewhat surreal press conference on Tuesday night, a spokesperson for the militant Islamic group, infamous for its brutal executions and oppression of dissidents, women and anyone who violates its ultraconservative rules, pledged rights for women and the press and an amnesty for government officials.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid told reporters: “I would like to assure the international community, including the United States, that no one will be hurt. We don’t want internal or external enemies.

He said the Taliban would ensure the safety of anyone who disarms, regardless of past affiliations, and allow women to work and go to school, but “within the framework of Islam” – a very vague parameter given the extreme interpretation of the religion for which the group is known.

Meanwhile, reports of human rights violations by members of the Taliban have surfaced in other parts of the country in recent weeks, and many Afghans are desperate to flee the country for fear of Taliban retaliation for their violence. role in assisting US and allied forces. It remains to be seen whether the group will stay true to their word.


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