Afghanistan: First Kabul airlift expected since Taliban takeover

Afghanistan: First Kabul airlift expected since Taliban takeover

Some 200 people, including US citizens, are expected to be flown out of Kabul, sources say.


Some 200 people, including Americans, are expected to be airlifted out of Kabul in the first such operation since the Taliban takeover on 15 August.

Charter flights are expected to start on Thursday, Qatari and US sources say.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken urged help with evacuations during a recent visit to Qatar, which is reportedly involved in the operation.

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Hundreds of Afghan citizens who had helped the US military were unable to get out in last month's US airlift.

Around 100 US citizens are estimated to remain in Afghanistan.

The flights are the first to leave since the end of the rushed US military-led evacuations finished at the end of August.

More than 124,000 foreigners and Afghans fearful of Taliban retribution were flown out of the country.

Journalists beaten

Photos have also emerged showing injuries inflicted on two journalists who covered protests on Wednesday.

They are reported to have been badly beaten after being arrested by the Taliban in Kabul.