Afghanistan: United States orders immediate use of 18 commercial planes to evacuate Afghans

The Pentagon today ordered the use, as an emergency, of 18 commercial aircraft from the United States of America (USA) to transport Afghans evacuated from Kabul.

The US Defense announcement comes the day after France asked the US to allow and facilitate the withdrawal of citizens from allied countries and all Afghans whose lives are in danger in Kabul, prolonging the operation at the airport, with greater coordination.

In an interview published today by Le Journal de Dimanche, the French Minister of Europe and Foreign Affairs, Jean-Yves Le Drian, reported Friday’s demands on the US at the NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) meeting on the Afghan crisis, insisting that there should be no rush.

The Taliban conquered Kabul on August 15, concluding an offensive that began in May, when the withdrawal of US military forces and NATO began.

International forces have been in the country since 2001, as part of the offensive led by the United States against the extremist regime (1996-2001), which welcomed in its territory the leader of al-Qaida, Osama bin Laden, mainly responsible for the terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001.

The seizure of the capital ends a 20-year foreign military presence in Afghanistan by the United States and its NATO allies, including Portugal.

Source: with Agencies

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