Only a few days remain until the deadline for the evacuation in Afghanistan of the thousands of people seeking to enter a flight that takes them out of the country is reached. Although the fact that finally there is no extension for the evacuation will sentence thousands of Afghans who will not be able to be rescued, governments are even pushing the end date of their missions on the ground.
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The United States has asked the countries that carry out evacuations from Afghanistan to end their operations this Friday, August 27, days before the official limit set on August 31, as explained this Wednesday by the Belgian Defense Minister, Ludivine Dedonder.
In interviews with Belgian newspapers Bed and From Tijd, the minister explained that Washington has asked the allies to end their operations “as soon as possible”, before they have to remove their troops and material from Afghanistan.
“At the moment we have August 27, but this may change. The goal, in any case, is to get people out as quickly as possible,” he told L’Echo, noting that this deadline is the same for all the nations operating right now in Kabul.
The UK has already confirmed that it expects to complete its evacuation operations in Kabul in “24 or 36 hours”, according to Defense sources cited by The Guardian, which indicate that the hostility of the Taliban is increasing and that they are preventing Afghans from reaching the airport.
France is also advancing its departure its departure. As the French Minister for European Affairs told C News TV, “it is very likely” that the evacuation operations in France will end this Thursday.
American soldiers begin to leave
The Pentagon confirmed on Tuesday that “several hundred” US soldiers have left Afghanistan after completing their mission at the Kabul airport.
Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said in a statement that they are personnel from the headquarters, maintenance and other support functions who were “scheduled to leave and whose mission at the airport was completed.”
The Taliban are blocking access to the airport for Afghans who want to escape, which together with the short time to complete evacuations makes many countries fear that their Afghan citizens or collaborators will be trapped in the country as of 31 December. August.
Despite the European pressure, expressed for the last time yesterday at the meeting of G7 leaders, the US administration led by Joe Biden has decided to keep that date, considered a red line by the Taliban, for the withdrawal of its troops, without whose protection the rest of the countries do not see it feasible to continue operating.