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The first civilian evacuation flight since the US troop withdrawal takes off from Kabul.



Has taken off from Acceptance this Thursday the first civilian evacuation flight since the withdrawal of United States troops from Afghanistan at the end of August, in which about 200 people were traveling, including Americans.

This flight, bound for Doha, is carried out when the taliban They are trying to consolidate their regime, less than a month after they took control of Kabul.

On Thursday afternoon, a flight of Qatar Airways prepared to remove about 200 passengers from the airfield. It will be the first after the chaotic evacuation operation of more than 120,000 people, mostly Afghans, which ended with the US withdrawal on August 30.

Images broadcast by Qatari television Al Yasira showed several families waiting with suitcases at the Kabul airport.

“We are very grateful to Qatar,” said one of the passengers, saying he had a Canadian passport.

Doha, and its Turkish ally, have been working for days to fix the airport structures, which were badly damaged.

“It is a historic day for Kabul airport,” said the Qatari envoy in Afghanistan, Mutlaq al-Qahtani, on Thursday, adding that international flights would be “progressively” resumed.

Special Forces

Outside the airport, many more could be seen on the streets of Kabul. fighters Taliban armed than the previous days – including special forces with military equipment – on street corners and at traffic control posts on large avenues, according to Afp ​​journalists.

Many of the Afghans evacuated in those days of August fled after the return of the fundamentalists for fear of the retaliation if they had worked with foreign organizations in the last two decades.

Although the Taliban do not stop reiterating that they have changed and are no longer that repressive regime, especially with women, that ruled between 1996 and 2001, their first weeks in power show that they will not tolerate any kind of opposition.

This Thursday, several protests in favor of freedom were canceled in the Afghan capital, after the new government prohibited such acts.

Dispersed demonstrations

During the week, armed Taliban had dispersed concentrations of hundreds of people in several cities in the country, including Kabul, Faizabad (northeast) and Herat (east), where two people were killed by gunfire.

To end the mobilizations, on Wednesday night, the government ordered that any demonstration had to be authorized by the Justice Ministry. And that “for the moment” none were.

An organizer of a protest in front of the embassy of Pakistan – a country very close to the Taliban and accused of interference in internal affairs – told Afp that the demonstration had been canceled due to the ban by the authorities.

In another place where another concentration, there was no sign of the protest.

The Taliban announced their transitional government made up of ultra-conservative members, some of whom already ruled during the brutal fundamentalist regime of the 1990s. Several of the ministers are on the UN sanctions lists and there are no women in the cabinet. .

The US Secretary of State, Antony Blink, warned the new Taliban government that it must “earn” its legitimacy before the international community, following the announcement of this cabinet that includes members wanted by Washington.

Although the Taliban had promised to include members of other groups in the government, the reality is that the key positions announced are held by Taliban leaders: the Interior Ministry is run by Sirajuddin Haqqani, head of the feared Haqqani network (classified as a terrorist by the United States) and that of Defense by the mulá Yaqub, son of Mullah Omar, founder of the movement.

Mohammad Hasan Akhund, who was a minister between 1996 and 2001, is in charge of the government.

The Taliban have also reinstated the dreaded Ministry for the Propagation of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice, which during the previous regime ensured that the population respected its strict interpretation of Islamic law.

On Wednesday, the former president Ashraf Ghani, whose flight on 15 August opened the doors of Kabul and power to the Taliban, apologized to the Afghan people for failing to offer them a better future.

This new government faces the difficult task of relaunching the country’s moribund economy and dealing with complex security problems, including the local branch of the Islamic State group, rival of the Taliban and behind bloody attacks.

Meanwhile, in the country other symbols of the imprint of the new rulers were observed.

In images circulating on social media, it could be seen that the country’s main airport, previously named Hamid Karzai International in honor of the first postaliban president, had been renamed Kabul International. And a holiday on Thursday in memory of the famous commander Ahmed Shah Masud, assassinated in 2001 by Al Qaeda, was also canceled.

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