A group of Taliban terrorists on Thursday allowed planes to take off from Kabul’s airport for the first time since US troops withdrew from the country at the end of last month.
The Qatar Airways plane departed Kabul International Airport on Thursday night local time.
I didn’t immediately know the details of the flight, whether it was a commercial flight or a charter flight.
Mutlaqal-Qahtani, Qatar’s special envoy to Afghanistan, was funded by Qatar. Al Jazeera..
“Today is a historic day in Afghanistan’s history, as Kabul Airport is fully functional. We have faced major challenges … but now we can say that the airport is suitable for navigation. “Masu,” he added to the airport tarmac.
Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid, standing nearby, said he helped Qatari authorities bring the airport back online.
The U.S. Department of State has refused to comment on the plane, other than sharing a general statement by email that authorities are trying to attract U.S. citizens and others who have expressed their commitment from the Taliban.
The Qatar Embassy in Washington and Qatar Airways did not respond to requests for comment.
According to news reports, the flight was to Doha, Qatar.
An unidentified U.S. official told The Associated Press that about 200 foreigners, including Americans, Hungarians, Germans and Canadians, were on board the plane.
Officials said they helped the two Taliban officials facilitate the flight.
It was Irfan Popalzai, 12 years old, who boarded the plane. The same was true for his mother and five siblings. He told the outlet that his family lives in Maryland.
“I’m in Afghanistan, but you know I’m from America, and I’m very excited (to leave),” he said.
US parliamentarians recently said Americans were being held hostage at another airport in northern Afghanistan.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken later confirmed that some Americans were being prevented from leaving the country. The Taliban, which had blocked US citizens, claimed they lacked proper documentation.
The number of Americans stuck in Afghanistan is not yet clear. The Biden administration said it was left between 100 and 200 when the US military completed its withdrawal, but others have fixed that number at around 500.