The Taliban warns against extending the August 31 deadline. Although countries are expected to ask the United States to extend the August 31st deadline for withdrawing troops from Kabul, the Taliban stated that they will not form a new government until American soldiers remain in Afghanistan.
The following are major development trends of the Afghan crisis.
As countries scramble to evacuate their citizens and local partners from Kabul, an exchange of fire outside Hamid Karzai International Airport on Monday killed an Afghan soldier and injured three others.
A week after the Taliban marched on Kabul, the situation in Afghanistan remained tense, forcing President Ashraf Ghani to flee the country.
A spokesperson for the rebel group said that Taliban militants had surrounded Panjshir Province, where nearly 9,000 resistance fighters led by Ahmed Massoud gathered to fight the Taliban.
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According to reports:
The Taliban stated that they will not form a new government in Afghanistan until the last American soldier leaves Afghanistan.
Back in New Delhi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and German Chancellor Angela Merkel had conversations on a range of issues, including recent developments in Afghanistan.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs Jaishankar stated that Prime Minister Modi has instructed MEA to brief leaders of all political parties on the situation in Afghanistan.
An Indian Air Force plane evacuated more than 70 Indians, including a group of Afghan Sikhs and Hindus, from Kabul to Dushanbe. Another 146 Indian nationals returned to Delhi a few days after flying from Afghanistan to Qatar on a NATO plane.
The White House stated in a statement:
That more than 35,300 people have been evacuated from Kabul since the end of July. The Pentagon stated that it has used 19 civilian aircraft of United Airlines, American Airlines and Delta Air Lines to transport American citizens and Afghan partners to temporary locations outside of Afghanistan.
US President Joe Biden defended his decision to withdraw troops in a speech on Sunday.
He said that US intelligence agencies are monitoring threats from terrorist organizations. Including ISIS and the Afghan branch called ISIS-K in Afghanistan.
Taliban spokesperson Zabiullah Mujahid stated:
Taliban spokesperson Zabiullah Mujahid said that the organization has established bases near Badjanshan, Takhar and Andarab near Panjshir.
The video of Amrullah Saleh, the first vice president of the Ghani government, playing volleyball with resistance fighters in the Panjshir Valley went viral on social media. Talib assembled the army near the entrance to Panjshir.
Saleh wrote on Twitter that he claimed that in the absence of Ghani, he was the legal caretaker president of Afghanistan.
In order to legitimize its power, the Taliban appointed Haji Mohamed Idris as the Acting President of the Bank of Afghanistan. Idris was originally from Jozjan and was the head of the Taliban Economic Committee.