At the airport in Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan, the commander of the US forces on Friday ordered the resumption of departure flights after a short break. Representatives from the Department of Defense announced that some evacuation planes would land at the American Rammstein base in Germany. They added that talks were underway with other countries in Europe about other stops.
– There was a short institutional break because yesterday we sent a lot of people and there was a ban on registering people from third countries. A U.S. military spokesman said the commander had ordered a resumption of flights. It was later explained that the plane was grounded due to overcrowding at the Al Udeid Air Force Base in Qatar, the headquarters of the US Central Command. The site already provides shelter for 8,000 Afghan refugees.
Representatives of the US authorities, anonymously, announced that flights departing from Afghanistan would land in Western and Southern European countries and Bahrain. German Foreign Minister Heiko Mass said Berlin had agreed to Washington’s request and would provide temporary shelter for evacuees at Rammstein airport.
When the deadline for U.S. troops to leave Afghanistan expires on August 31, U.S. officials want to deport Afghanistan from Kabul, but President Joe Biden announced this week that the withdrawal time could be extended if necessary.
Pentagon: Part of flights departing from Kabul will land in Germany
During a news conference at the Pentagon on Friday, General Hong Taylor announced that the first flights from Kabul to Rammstein, Bavaria, would land on Friday. Germany should be one of the many exchange points on the way out.
Earlier, the United States agreed to a similar agreement with Bahrain. Pentagon spokesman, adm. John Kirby is in talks with other European countries about allowing Washington planes to land, but has not disclosed which countries they are.
In turn, the State Department announced at its press conference that 11 countries in Europe and the Middle East had agreed to a ceasefire. It goes with other o Italy, Great Britain, Denmark, Kazakhstan, Turkey and Uzbekistan. General Taylor said 17 C-17s had taken off from Kabul in the past 24 hours, carrying nearly 6,000 aircraft. People, of which 5 thousand. They are Afghans.
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