The first international commercial flight since the Taliban took control of Afghanistan landed in Kabul on Monday.
The flight departed from Islamabad, Pakistan, and landed at Hamid Karzai International Airport, which reopened after US and coalition forces used it to evacuate more than 120,000 people from Afghanistan who were endangered under the Taliban regime.
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“There was hardly anyone on the plane, around 10 people … maybe more staff than passengers,” said a journalist from Agence France-Presse on board the flight, according to the media outlet. Around 100 passengers were waiting to board the return flights to Islamabad, airport ground staff told AFP.
“It was a special chartered commercial flight,” airline spokesman Abdullah H. Khan told Reuters. “We also hosted other people who wanted to leave Afghanistan because we had room on the plane. “
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Some flights to Qatar carried evacuees unable to leave before the United States and its coalition allies withdrew troops from Afghanistan at the end of August.
The way the airports are operated will be a test for the Taliban as they resume their rule in Afghanistan. Allies of the United States and NATO have said that the Taliban must meet various humanitarian and social criteria to gain international support.
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Original author: Michel Brest
Original location: First foreign commercial flight lands in Kabul since Taliban takeover