Establishing roadblocks, the Taliban blocked Afghan access to the Kabul airport. An exception is holders of an American passport or visa, reports Al Jazeera today.
The militants of the radical Taliban movement, according to the journalists of the TV company, set up a checkpoint five kilometers from the gates of the airport on the north side, where Afghans wishing to leave the country gathered:
“They won’t let anyone in unless you can prove you have an American visa, American passport, or an invitation from the United States or any of the NATO countries.”
The same situation is observed at the eastern entrance to the airport. The situation is escalating, and the panic is growing. A day earlier, Zabihullah Mujahid, a Taliban spokesman, announced the end of the evacuation on 31 August.
Despite the continued control of the airport by the US military, Taliban detachments hold all approaches and entrances to it. The G7 countries are putting pressure on Biden, as they consider it necessary to control the Kabul airport until the evacuation is fully completed.
However, according to DW, the President of the United States, despite the assurances of partners in the G7, intend to end the process until August 31: “The sooner we finish this, the better.” On Tuesday, August 24, the American president said that he did not intend to extend the period for the evacuation of foreigners and Afghans who received such a right from Kabul. He emphasizes that every hour spent on the territory of the country increases the risks.
The US Department of Defense plans to withdraw all American troops, including from the airport in the capital of Afghanistan, by the end of August. The goal is to complete the evacuation operation by that date, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said on Monday. Earlier, the Taliban Islamists said they would not agree to possible US plans to extend the presence. The Taliban also banned the export of currency and antiques from the country.