WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden and first woman Jill Biden visited injured U.S. troops at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on Thursday night time.
There are 15 Marines at the hospital in Bethesda, Maryland, simply exterior Washington, who had been wounded in an Aug. 26 suicide bombing at the Kabul airport. The assault occurred because the U.S. authorities was arranging evacuations of Americans, Afghans and allies earlier than the practically two-decade conflict in Afghanistan formally ended Aug. 31.
Eleven Marines had been additionally killed within the assault, in addition to one Army solider and one Navy corpsman. Biden traveled to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware on Sunday to witness the return of their stays to U.S. soil in a solemn “dignified switch.”
One of the wounded Marines was in crucial situation. Three had been in critical situation and 11 in secure situation.
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WASHINGTON — Air Force Gen. Tod Wolters, head of U.S. European Command, stated Thursday that up to now just one particular person evacuated from Afghanistan is being retained in Germany for issues getting by safety screening.
Speaking to Pentagon reporters, he stated that so far as he is aware of, the particular person in custody “shouldn’t be of a excessive risk.”
Right now, he stated, about 58 people triggered further safety checks and processing as they arrived at the way in which stations in Europe, and wanted further checks. But he stated he expects they may all finally be cleared.
Afghan evacuees are being flown to a number of places throughout the Middle East and Europe, together with Germany, Italy and Spain. Wolters stated 155 flights have landed in Europe, with about 38,000 individuals. He stated they undergo biometric and biographical screening after they arrive, earlier than they’re proven to their sleeping quarters. They are screened once more after they go away, and once more after they arrive within the U.S.
He stated there have been few points with COVID-19 circumstances, and most people requiring some kind of medical consideration have been pregnant ladies.
WASHINGTON — A Marine Corps spokesman says that of 15 Marines wounded within the Aug. 26 suicide bombing at the Kabul airport, one is in crucial situation. Three are in critical situation and 11 are in secure situation.
All 15 are at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. No names had been supplied.
A Marine Corps spokesman, Maj. Jim Stenger, stated Thursday that the circumstances of the 15 had been as of Tuesday morning. In addition to the 15 wounded, 11 Marines had been killed within the assault, together with one Army soldier and one Navy corpsman.
UNITED NATIONS — The United Nations says its Humanitarian Air Service is resuming air operations in Afghanistan to allow 160 help organizations to proceed actions within the nation’s provinces.
U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric stated Thursday that the air passenger service, operated by the Rome-based U.N. World Food Program, is linking the Pakistani capital of Islamabad with Mazar-i-Sharif within the north and Kandahar within the southeast.
He stated the meals program experiences that three flights have already got taken place to Mazar-i-Sharif since Sunday and that efforts are being made to step up these operations as quickly as potential.
In addition, Dujarric stated, a cargo airbridge is being established to move non-food gadgets comparable to medical and different emergency provides to the place they’re wanted probably the most.
He stated the Humanitarian Air Service’s home passenger service wants $18 million and the cargo airbridge wants $12 million to proceed operations.
“From 2002 to 2021, the U.N. Humanitarian Air Service in Afghanistan served greater than 20 locations within the nation,” Dujarric stated. “It will search to return to those places as soon as safety and funding permits.”
ISTANBUL – Turkey’s overseas minister says his nation is evaluating plans to reopen Kabul’s airport.
Mevlut Cavusoglu instructed reporters on Thursday in Ankara that Hamid Karzai International Airport could possibly be reopened in two levels for navy flights and later for industrial flights.
“Now there are requests from the Taliban and a few international locations to cooperate with us. We’re evaluating all of this,” Cavusoglu stated at the news convention with Dutch Foreign Minister Sigrid Kaag.
Turkey has been working the airport for six years earlier than the American pullout and the Taliban’s resurgence. Those leaders, together with Qatar’s, have been in discussions concerning the reopening. Kaag stated the Netherlands wished to assist with technical issues or safety at the airport.
ROME — Italian Premier Mario Draghi says diplomats try to find Afghans who fled from their homeland to Iran and different nations bordering Afghanistan.
Draghi stated Thursday that “luckily” many Afghans had escaped, however his nation desires to find those that labored with Italy.
Before Italy ended its airlift from Kabul on Aug. 27, it had evacuated practically 5,000 Afghans who had labored with the Italian navy throughout its 20-year-deployment in Afghanistan in addition to their households and others deemed at threat now beneath Taliban rule.
Draghi didn’t say what number of Afghans his nation was searching for. He added that Afghans who’ve already reached Italy are instantly being given refugee standing and praised Italian communities integrating them into native society.
KABUL, Afghanistan — A Taliban media spokesman has tweeted an image of Qatar navy plane on the bottom at the Hamid Karzai International Airport in Afghanistan.
Ahmadullah Muttaqi posted the picture on Thursday. In Kabul, in the meantime, the roar of plane overhead could possibly be heard.
It was the primary air exercise within the capital since Monday when the final U.S. evacuation flight left the Afghanistan, bringing to an finish to America’s longest conflict. In interviews on Tuesday at the airport Taliban officers stated they hoped to get the civilian airport up and working inside days and the navy portion someday later.
TIRANA, Albania — The Albanian authorities says one other group of 37 Afghans evacuated from Kabul has arrived within the nation.
An announcement from the Foreign Ministry stated the group arrived early at daybreak on Thursday from Kiev, Ukraine. They had been taken to college campus lodging within the capital, Tirana, the place they may keep earlier than shifting to lodges.
Albania has accommodated a lot of the 644 Afghans it’s quickly internet hosting in lodges.
The authorities has stated it might home as much as 4,000 Afghans quickly, earlier than they journey on to international locations for longer-term settlement.
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— UN chief urges international locations to assist Afghans in ‘hour of want’
— Victorious Taliban deal with governing after US withdrawal
— New Taliban rulers face powerful financial, safety challenges
— Analysis: War is over however not Biden’s Afghanistan challenges
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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — The United Kingdom’s Foreign Secretary says that though the U.Ok. received’t quickly acknowledge the Taliban’s authorities, “there is a crucial scope” for dialogue with Afghanistan’s new rulers.
In a joint press convention in Doha together with his Qatari counterpart, Dominic Raab stated he supported “engagement” with the Taliban to check the group’s wide-ranging guarantees. He cited the Taliban’s pledges to guard freedom of journey for Afghans and foreigners, to kind an inclusive authorities and, considerably, to stop worldwide terrorist teams from utilizing the war-scarred nation as a base.
Raab stated: “In all of those areas, we are going to decide them by what they do, not simply by what they are saying.”
Diplomatic recognition would show crucial in permitting the Taliban to entry improvement help and loans from worldwide monetary establishments because the group confronts an financial system in free fall.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Qatar’s Foreign Minister says there may be nonetheless “no clear indication” of when the Kabul airport will resume regular operations, however that the Gulf Arab state is evaluating the state of affairs with Afghanistan’s new Taliban rulers.
In a joint press convention in Doha together with his British counterpart, Mohammad bin Abdulrahman Al Thani stated Qatar stays “hopeful that we can function (the airport) as quickly as potential,” with out giving a timeline or elaborating on Qatar’s position in offering technical help. He stated Qatar is working with the Taliban “to determine what are the gaps and the dangers of getting the airport again up and working.”
Kabul’s worldwide airport has been closed to regular site visitors since Aug. 16, when the Taliban took management of Kabul. Military flights and evacuations continued till Aug. 31, when U.S. forces stop the nation and left the runway with out air site visitors controllers.
Al Thani additionally urged the Taliban to stay as much as its promise to permit Afghans and foreigners to go away the nation freely as soon as the airport reopens.
Qatar despatched a technical group to Kabul airport on Wednesday to evaluate the operations. The tiny sheikhdom, which facilitated talks between the U.S. and the Taliban, has performed an outsized position in American efforts to evacuate tens of 1000’s of individuals from Afghanistan.
UNITED NATIONS — The president of the U.N. Security Council says the U.N.’s strongest physique won’t take its focus off Afghanistan this month and “the true litmus take a look at” for the new Taliban authorities shall be the way it treats ladies and women.
Ambassador Geraldine Byrne Nason of Ireland stated Wednesday that the safety and promotion of human rights for ladies “have to be at the very coronary heart of our collective response to the disaster.”
Under the Taliban’s earlier rule from 1996 to 2001, ladies weren’t allowed to go to high school, work exterior the house or go away properties with no male escort. Though they confronted many challenges within the nation’s male-dominated society after the Taliban’s ouster, Afghan women weren’t solely educated however over the past 20 years ladies more and more stepped into highly effective positions in quite a few fields together with authorities, enterprise, well being and training.
Bryne Nason stated: “My query is, will the Taliban be completely different, and that’s the true query. We haven’t seen any proof of that.”
She stated the worldwide neighborhood has clout as a result of no matter type of authorities emerges in Afghanistan wants worldwide help — and human rights and respect for worldwide legislation “are purple line points.”
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