Afghanistan news LIVE – Horror video show Afghans fall from PLANE after fleeing Taliban by clinging to wings on take-off

HARROWING video shows two stowaways falling to their deaths from a transport aircraft taking off at Kabul airport.

The two fell several hundred feet from the C-17 transport plane as thousands of desperate Afghans try flee the victorious Taliban.

The stampede at Kabul Airport has already left five people dead with more people clambering over walls to get in.

In chaotic scenes echoing the fall of Saigon at the end of the Vietnam war, petrified men, women and children were filmed trying to get on aircraft after the Taliban stormed the capital.

Harrowing video shows two stowaways falling several hundred feet to their deaths after being thrown from a C-17 transport aircraft taking off from Kabul airport.

Separate footage shows Afghans running alongside a C-17 as it prepares to take off with around a dozen holding on to the wheel bay.

Read our Afghanistan live blog below for the latest news & updates…

  • [email protected]

    MAPPED: THE TALIBAN ADVANCE

  • [email protected]

    AFGHANISTAN'S FIRST FEMALE MAYOR SAYS SHE IS 'WAITING TO BE KILLED'

    Zarifa Ghafari was first appointed mayor of Maidan Shahr in 2018.

    The then-26-year-old made history as the first female – and youngest – mayor in Afghanistan's history.

    After her appointment Ghafari campaigned to improve women's rights in the country but faced death threats from the Taliban and Isis for her work.

    The 29-year-old told the i: “I’m sitting here waiting for them to come. There is no one to help me or my family. I’m just sitting with them and my husband. And they will come for people like me and kill me. I can’t leave my family. And anyway, where would I go?”

  • [email protected]

    VIDEO SHOWS TWO STOWAWAYS FALLING TO THEIR DEATHS IN DESPERATE BID TO CATCH FLIGHT OUT OF AFGHANISTAN

    Harrowing video shows two stowaways falling to their deaths after being thrown from a transport aircraft taking off from Kabul airport.

    The two fell several hundred feet from the C-17 transport plane as thousands of desperate Afghans try get out of the country after the Taliban victory.

    The stampede at Kabul Airport has already left five people dead with more people clambering over walls to get in.

    In chaotic scenes echoing the fall of Saigon at the end of the Vietnam war, petrified men, women and children were filmed trying to get on aircraft after the Taliban stormed the capital.

    With civilian flights suspended, many turned US Air Force aircraft to try get out of the country.

    Read more

  • [email protected]

    TALIBAN SPOKESMAN SAYS GROUP WANTS RELATIONS WITH INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY LIVE ON TV BROADCAST

    A spokesman for the Taliban’s political office told Al-Jazeera on Sunday that the group does not want to live in isolation and wants relations with the international community.

    He said the group has several channels of communication with foreign countries and wants to develop these channels.

    “We ask all countries and entities to sit with us to settle any issues,” spokesman Mohammad Naeem told the Qatari channel.

    He also said that the group respects women’s and minorities’ rights and freedom of expression in light of Sharia.

  • [email protected]

    FAMILIES OF FALLEN SOLDIERS CRITICISE UK GOVERNMENT'S HANDLING OF AFGHAN CRISIS

    Families of soldiers who died on previous tours of Afghanistan have criticised the British and US Governments' handling of the withdrawal from the nation as the Taliban starts to seize control.

    Graham Knight, father of 25-year-old RAF Sergeant Ben Knight who was killed when his Nimrod aircraft exploded in Afghanistan in 2006, said the British Government should have moved more quickly to get civilians out.

    The 69-year-old told the PA news agency: "We're not surprised that the Taliban have taken over because as soon as the Americans and the British said they were going to leave, we knew this was going to happen.

    "The Taliban made their intent very clear that, as soon as we went out, they would move in.

    "As for whether people's lives were lost through a war that wasn't winneable, I think they were.

    "I think the problem was we were fighting people that were native to the country. We weren't fighting terrorists, we were fighting people who actually lived there and didn't like us being there."

  • [email protected]

    MILITARY INTERVENTION IS NOT AN OPTION

    Former Nato secretary general Lord Robertson said Britain cannot return militarily to Afghanistan after the country was re-taken by the Taliban.

    He told Good Morning Scotland: “I don’t think we’re going to be back in there again.

    “We can’t go in there militarily – that’s over, that’s finished.

    “That’s an episode we’ll have to reflect on and learn lots of lessons from. But what we have to do is to make sure that our own defences are much more resilient as a consequence of this particular failure, and we’ve got to watch what the international ramifications are going to be – they will not be good.

    “That’s why I think it’s tragic that we will commemorate the disaster that was 9/11 with the Taliban back in control of the presidential palace in Kabul.”

  • [email protected]

    MOMENT DIPLOMATS ESCAPE US EMBASSY IN HELICOPTER RESCUE AS TALIBAN FIGHTERS STORM KABUL

    Taliban insurgents entered Afghanistan’s capital Kabul today sparking a desperate evacuation of American diplomats by helicopter.

    In scenes echoing the sudden fall of Saigon at the end of the Vietnam war, a US Air Force chopper was seen taking off from the US Embassy this morning.

    Read more here.

  • [email protected]

    FORMER INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT SECRETARY SAYS INTERNATIONAL COALITION MUST FORM SAFE HAVE FOR AFGHAN REFUGEES

    Former Tory international development secretary Rory Stewart, who served in Afghanistan, said the UK Government should form an international coalition to provide routes, funding and safe haven for “millions of refugees” from Afghanistan.

    In a post on Twitter, Mr Stewart also called on ministers to “dramatically increase UK aid and development spend for Afghans trapped in the country”.

    After the message, former Conservative home secretary Amber Rudd responded: “Agree with this.”

  • [email protected]

    FIVE DEAD IN STAMPEDE AT KABUL AIRPORT AS PEOPLE RUSH TO FLEE

    A stampede at Kabul Airport has left five people dead as thousands storm planes in a desperate bid to flee Afghanistan.

    In scenes echoing the sudden fall of Saigon at the end of the Vietnam war, petrified men, women and children were filmed trying to get on aircraft after the Taliban stormed the capital

    Desperate people were filmed trying climb up a ladder to get on a plane while others were seen being pulled on board another aircraft.

    At one stage, US troops guarding the airport were forced to fire shots into the air but it’s unclear if those who died were hit them or crushed in a stampede.

    The U.S. embassy said in a security alert earlier on Sunday evening: “There are reports of the airport taking fire; therefore we are instructing U.S. citizens to shelter in place.”

    Read more

  • [email protected]

    AFGHAN LEADER GHANI SAYS FLED COUNTRY TO PREVENT ‘FLOOD OF BLOODSHED

    Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said that he had fled the country on Sunday to “prevent a flood of bloodshed”, as the Taliban entered the capital, capping a lightning offensive across the country.

    Ghani, who did not say where he had gone, said he believed “countless patriots would be martyred and the city of Kabul would be destroyed” if he had stayed behind.

    “The Taliban have won… and are now responsible for the honour, property and self-preservation of their countrymen,” he said in a statement posted to Facebook.

  • [email protected]

    BEN WALLACE: WE WILL DO OUR BEST TO GET EVERYONE OUT

    Defence Secretary Ben Wallace told BBC Breakfast: “Myself and the Home Secretary have been working very hard to remove any other barriers, bureaucratic barriers that did stand in the way, such as the requirement to (have) Afghan passports, to make sure that if our people had passed our tests and our screening those Afghans can come in.

    “We’re working to remove them literally as we speak, I spoke to her late last night and I’ll speak to the Home Secretary later today to make sure that we can speed that up. We all recognise, we all see what we’re seeing on telly, time is of the essence, every hour counts.

    “Our flights, our planning and coming in and out and soon if we manage to keep it in the way we’re planning to we should have capacity for over 1,000 people a day to exit to the UK. Currently this is not about capacity on planes, it’s about processing speed, so that’s why we’re trying to fix that.”

    He added: “Our timescale which we’d originally planned which was August 31, will be out. We will try our very best to get everyone out, it’s one of the biggest regrets of the speed of the collapse of the Afghan government is that those timetables will no doubt have to be shortened and that’s what we’re moving extra assets to do…

    “If we can manage to keep the airport running in the way we are putting in place our people to deliver then I’m confident that by the end of the month we could get everyone out and actually hopefully sooner. There will be some people left behind, we made that clear in the last few weeks, I’m not going to raise expectations.”

  • [email protected]

    THE TALIBAN ARE IN CHARGE NOW, ADMITS DEFENCE SECRETARY

    The Taliban are in control of Afghanistan and British and NATO forces will not be returning to fight the insurgents, Britain’s defence minister said on Monday.

    “I acknowledge that the Taliban are in control of the country,” Defence Secretary Ben Wallace told Sky News. “I mean, you don’t have to be a political scientist to spot that’s where we’re at.”

    Asked if Britain and NATO would return to Afghanistan, Wallace said: “That’s not on the cards… we’re going to go back”

    Wallace said the military side of Kabul airport was secure and that Britain was doing everything it could to evacuate British citizens and Afghans with links to Britain.

    “Our target is … about 1200 to 1500 exit a day in the capacity of our aeroplanes, and we’ll keep that flow,” he said.

  • [email protected]

    CANADA SUSPENDS DIPLOMATIC OPERATIONS IN KABUL, PERSONNEL ON WAY HOME – MINISTRY

    Canada on Sunday said it was temporarily suspending its diplomatic operations in Kabul and that its personnel were on their way back home, according to a statement, as Taliban insurgents appeared within days of taking over the city.

    “The situation in Afghanistan is rapidly evolving and poses serious challenges to our ability to ensure the safety and security of our mission,” Foreign Minister Marc Garneau said in the statement. Canadian personnel “are now safely on their way back to Canada,” he added.

  • [email protected]

    UN SECRETARY GENERAL URGES FOR TALIBAN TO SHOW RESTRAIN

    Antonio Guterres, the UN Secretary General, is urging for the militants to show restraint.

    A spokesperson said he urged the “Taliban and all other parties to exercise utmost restraint in order to protect lives” and ensure humanitarian needs can be addressed.

    “[Mr Guterres] calls on the Taliban and all other parties to ensure that international humanitarian law and the rights and freedoms of all people are respected and protected,” the spokesperson added.

  • [email protected]

    LABOUR SAYS GOVERNMENT MUST LIVE UP TO OBLIGATIONS TO AFGHAN PEOPLE

    Labour has called on the Government to “live up to our obligations” to the Afghan people as Taliban fighters stood poised to take control of Kabul.

    Shadow home secretary Nick Thomas-Symonds has written to Priti Patel saying that safe and legal asylum routes need to be put in place.

    In his letter to the Home Secretary he said: “The situation in Afghanistan is truly awful.

    “We must now live up to our obligations, especially to those Afghan people who worked so bravely with British representatives in Afghanistan.

    “Our resettlement scheme must, urgently, be expanded to ensure people to whom we owe a huge debt are not abandoned.”

  • [email protected]

    DUTCH EMBASSY IN KABUL MOVED TO NEW LOCATION NEAR AIRPORT – FOREIGN MINISTRY

    The Netherlands has moved its embassy in Kabul to a location close to the city’s international airport as The Hague moves quickly to evacuate its remaining Afghan translators and local staff, a spokesman for the foreign ministry said on Sunday.

    Also on Sunday, the Dutch defence ministry said it had sent a military plane to Kabul as part of efforts to evacuate remaining personnel.

    The Dutch government says it will keep its Kabul embassy functions open as long as possible in light of the Taliban’s rapid advances.

  • [email protected]

    LABOUR SAYS GOVERNMENT MUST LIVE UP TO OBLIGATIONS TO AFGHAN PEOPLE

    Labour has called on the Government to “live up to our obligations” to the Afghan people as Taliban fighters stood poised to take control of Kabul.

    Shadow home secretary Nick Thomas-Symonds has written to Priti Patel saying that safe and legal asylum routes need to be put in place.

    In his letter to the Home Secretary he said: “The situation in Afghanistan is truly awful.

    “We must now live up to our obligations, especially to those Afghan people who worked so bravely with British representatives in Afghanistan.

    “Our resettlement scheme must, urgently, be expanded to ensure people to whom we owe a huge debt are not abandoned.”

  • [email protected]

    'WAS IT WORTH?

    One soldier has taken to Twitter to ask whether the sacrifice of him and his friends was worth it as the Taliban sweep back into power after 20 years of fighting.

  • [email protected]

    TYPE OF REGIME TO FOLLOW WILL BE CLEAR ‘SOON; SAYS TALIBAN POLITICAL OFFICE

    A spokesman for the Taliban’s political office, which is based in Doha, Qatar, has told Al Jazeera that the war in Afghanistan ‘is over’.

    He added that the type and form of regime that will follow will be clear “soon”.

    The spokesman said that safety will be provided for citizens and diplomatic missions. The group is ready to talk to “Afghan figures” and will guarantee them necessary protection too.

    “We don’t interfere with others’ affairs and we wont allow interference in our affairs”, he added.

    “We have reached what we were seeking, the freedom of our country and the independence of our people.”

  • [email protected]

    MOMENT DIPLOMATS ESCAPE US EMBASSY IN HELICOPTER RESCUE AS TALIBAN FIGHTERS STORM KABUL

    TALIBAN insurgents entered Afghanistan’s capital Kabul today sparking a desperate evacuation of American diplomats by helicopter.

    In scenes echoing the sudden fall of Saigon at the end of the Vietnam war, a US Air Force chopper was seen taking off from the US Embassy this morning.

    Read more here.

  • [email protected]

    BORIS JOHNSON INTERVENES OVER VISAS FOR AFGHAN STUDENTS – REPORTS

    Boris Johnson has promised the government will try to help 35 Afghan students get visas to travel to the UK.

    It comes after they were blocked by the Foreign Office from taking up British scholarships this year, The Guardian reported late on Sunday.

    Johnson intervened to say efforts would be made to accelerate their visas amid fears among the students that their scholarships could make them targets of the Taliban, the report added.

    Taliban insurgents entered Kabul on Sunday and President Ashraf Ghani left Afghanistan, saying he wanted to avoid bloodshed.

  • [email protected]

    MAPPED: THE TALIBAN ADVANCE

  • [email protected]

    TALIBAN SPOKESMAN SAYS GROUP WANTS RELATIONS WITH INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY LIVE ON TV BROADCAST

    A spokesman for the Taliban’s political office told Al-Jazeera on Sunday that the group does not want to live in isolation and wants relations with the international community.

    He said the group has several channels of communication with foreign countries and wants to develop these channels.

    “We ask all countries and entities to sit with us to settle any issues,” spokesman Mohammad Naeem told the Qatari channel.

    He also said that the group respects women’s and minorities’ rights and freedom of expression in light of Sharia.

  • [email protected]

    EX-U.S. COMMANDER IN AFGHANISTAN HAS CONDEMNED JOE BIDEN FOR "SETBACK"

    General David Petraeus, ex- Commander of US and International Forces in Afghanistan, said the withdrawal was “catastrophic” and urged Mr Biden to “own” it.

    He added: “This is an enormous national security setback and it is on the verge of getting much worse unless we decide to take really significant action.”

     

  • [email protected]

    TALIBAN SPOKESMAN SAYS GROUP WANTS RELATIONS WITH INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY LIVE ON TV BROADCAST

    A spokesman for the Taliban’s political office told Al-Jazeera on Sunday that the group does not want to live in isolation and wants relations with the international community.

    He said the group has several channels of communication with foreign countries and wants to develop these channels.

    “We ask all countries and entities to sit with us to settle any issues,” spokesman Mohammad Naeem told the Qatari channel.

    He also said that the group respects women’s and minorities’ rights and freedom of expression in light of Sharia.

    Source: Read Full Article