Reports of unrest at Taliban checkpoints around Kabul airport; Pentagon investigating how civilians were killed as they clung to aircraft. Follow the latest updates
- Taliban say they seek no ‘revenge’ and all Afghans would be ‘forgiven’
- Pakistan divided over success of Taliban in Afghanistan
- Afghan who guarded UK embassy fears for life after visa refusal
- ‘Greater stability’ as western forces help to secure Kabul airport
- Who will run the regime? Taliban leaders in line to rule Afghanistan
Women, children and religious minorities will be prioritised in a new UK resettlement scheme for 20,000 Afghan refugees, Boris Johnson will announce, acknowledging that those who helped the western coalition over two decades are now most at risk from the Taliban takeover.
But most of the 20,000 are likely to have fled to neighbouring countries such as Pakistan before being resettled in Britain over five years, a Whitehall source said, unless the UK can strike an agreement with the Taliban to let people depart.
Plus ça change…
How ironic..read this first paragraph from Ashraf Ghani’s oped (1989) and apply it to August 2021…. pic.twitter.com/EyiMIGjXSh