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The Taliban will allow 200 Americans to leave Afghanistan

The flight is expected to leave the Kabul International Airport on Thursday and will carry Americans and other civilians

According to a US official, the Taliban say they will allow 200 Americans and other civilians to leave Afghanistan on charter flights.

The official, who spoke to the Reuters news agency on the condition of anonymity, said that the Taliban were pressed to allow the departures from Kabul by Zalmay Khalilzad, the US Special Representative .

The flight is expected to be departing on Thursday from Kabul airport but the official could not say whether the Americans and other nationals onboard include those who have been stranded in Mazar-i-Sharif for days because their private planes have not been allowed to leave Afghanistan.

This comes after, while the UK had finished its withdrawal from the nation of Afghanistan the day before, the head of the Royal Air Force said to The Daily Telegraph that the UK could be involved in strikes against the Islamic State Khorasan; also known as ISIS-K.

Since Western forces had left Afghanistan at the end of August, the United States and the United Kingdom have been attempting to find a way for those stuck in the country to leave.

The British government created a scheme to allow former employees the right to relocate to Britain and many were rescued via this policy on evacuation flights.

But a lot of people have either had not yet received a reply to their application, have had their application rejected or they had been accepted but could not make it to the airport.

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On Wednesday, a former Afghan interpreter revealed that at least 400 Afghan special forces trained by the UK are in hiding in Afghanistan and are desperate to escape to Britain.

Rafi Hottak, aged 35, who used to work with British special forces in Afghanistan and now lives in Birmingham, said that he is compiling a list of names of elite commandos who are wanting to be helped.

He plans to present the list to the British government in a bid to pressure government ministers to act.

“They’ve served the British government for 20 years, they deserve a life without fear of being killed,” he said.

This comes after the United States military has completed its withdrawal from the nation of Afghanistan after the last of American C-17 planes has departed from the Kabul airport.

On Tuesday, the Taliban has announced a caretaker government, which didn’t feature any women and had included several of their old-guard members.

Among those who were appointed included Sirajuddin Haqqani, who is on the FBI’s most-wanted list and is recognised as having a $5m reward against his name.

The new Taliban government is led by prime minister Mullah Hasan Akhund, as well as his deputy, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar.

Eve Cooper
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