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Afghanistan crisis LIVE: Taliban on Sunday entered Kabul and took full control of Afghanistan, two decades after they were ousted by the US military. Taliban declared that the war in Afghanistan was over after insurgents took control of the presidential palace in Kabul and said it plans to soon declare a new “Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan." Today, US NSA Jake Sullivan blamed the Afghan military for rapid advancement of Taliban, and said that the speed with which militants took control was not anticipated. 

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No time for the blame game anymore: Afghan ambassador at UN

Afghanistan’s U.N. ambassador Ghulam Isaczai today said “there is no time for the blame game anymore." He urged the Security Council and secretary-general to use every means at their disposal to call for an immediate halt to violence and respect for human rights and to “prevent Afghanistan descending into a civil war and becoming a pariah state."

“We have seen gruesome images of Taliban’s mass executions of military personnel and target killing of civilians in Kandahar and other big cities," he said. “Kabul residents are reporting the Taliban have already started house-to-house searches in some neighborhoods, registering names and looking for people in their target list. There are already reports of target killings and looting in the city. Kabul residents are living in absolute fear right now."

He urged the Security Council and Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to call on the Taliban to stop the violence, targeted killings and revenge attacks and respect their own previous general amnesty offer, and to “unequivocally state that it does not recognize the restoration of the Islamic Emirate."

Turkey evacuates civilians, citizens from Afghanistan 

Turkey on Monday evacuated civilians and its citizens from Kabul on a Turkish Airlines flight to Istanbul, after the Taliban took control of the Afghan capital.

Dogan Ozluk, a visiting lecturer at the University of Kabul, said passengers had spent the night at the airport before being brought on the evacuation flight, while others said they had to wait up three hours on the plane as troops cleared the runway of civilians. 

"We were scared that the plane would not take off and that we would have to return to chaos," said Senol Celik, a Turkish diplomatic mission staff member. "We were scared of course, but we were sad for the people there," he told Reuters TV.

Ashraf Ghani fled with cars full of cash: Russian Embassy

The Russian embassy in Kabul alleged that Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has fled from Kabul with four cars and a helicopter full of cash, Russia’s state news agency RIA Novosti reported. “The collapse of the regime ... is most eloquently characterized by how Ghani escaped from Afghanistan: four cars were filled with money, they tried to shove another part of the money into a helicopter, but not everything fit. And some of the money was left lying on the tarmac," embassy spokesman Nikita Ishchenko was quoted as saying by RIA.

Ghani left Kabul on Sunday as the Taliban swept into the Afghan capital. Media reports suggested that the president went to the neighboring Tajikistan or Uzbekistan, but there was no official confirmation of his whereabouts.

Uzbekistan says it downed Afghan military plane

An Afghan military plane was downed by Uzbekistan's air defense system on Sunday over an attempt to illegally enter the country's air space, Uzbek authorities said Monday. The downing took place in southeastern Uzbekistan, in the Surkhandarya region on the border with Afghanistan. A plane crash was first reported by local media. Uzbekistan's Defense Ministry initially said it was studying videos and reports of the crash, then confirmed the plane crash took place without offering any details. Only later Monday did officials revealed that the plane was downed. (AP)

ITBP securing diplomatic staff of Indian embassy in Kabul

Armed contingent of ITBP actively securing diplomatic staff of Indian embassy in Afghanistan capital Kabul will be there till it is required, news agency PTI reported citing officials. 

Afghanistan must never again become a haven for terrorists: China 

China at UN: For last 20 years, terrorist organizations such as Islamic States and Al-Qaeda have gathered and developed in Afghanistan, posing a serious threat to international and regional peace and security. Afghanistan must never again become a haven for terrorists. 

US promises to resettle Afghans in America

At a special session of United Nations Security Council (UNSC) on Afghanistan on Monday, the United States promised to be generous in the resettling of Afghans in America and urged its neighbours to give refuge - temporary or permanent to Afghans attempting to flee the Taliban. "The US promises to be generous in resettling Afghans in our own country, and I'm heartened by pledges we've seen from other nations to do the same. We urge Afghanistan's neighbours and others to give refuge - temporary or permanent to Afghans attempting to flee," said US Ambassador to UN, Linda Thomas-Greenfield.

US sending 1,000 more troops to Kabul airport 

The U.S. military is sending another battalion of about 1,000 troops to help safeguard the Kabul airport as American forces killed two armed individuals there during a chaotic evacuation. That’s according to Pentagon spokesman John Kirby, who briefed reporters on Monday. The development is a sign of the ongoing turmoil and violence as thousands of Afghans rushed onto the tarmac of Kabul’s international airport following a swifter-than-expected Taliban takeover of the country. (AP)

US and international forces working to clear Kabul airport: Pentagon

US forces are working with Turkish and other international troops to clear Kabul airport to allow international evacuation flights to resume, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said on Monday. Kirby said Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin had authorized the deployment of another battalion to Kabul that would bring the number of troops guarding the evacuation to about 6,000.

Germany vows to airlift as many people as it can out of Afghanistan

Germany is working to get as many people as possible out of Afghanistan quickly, Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said on Monday, adding that NATO allies had misjudged the situation when they thought Afghan government forces could hold back the Taliban. "We want to get as many people out of the country as quickly as possible," Maas told reporters. He said people who had worked with German military forces in the country, human rights activists and Afghan-German dual nationals will make up the bulk of some 10,000 people Germany wants to lift out of Afghanistan. (Reuters)

US soldiers kill two armed men at Kabul airport: Pentagon

US soldiers killed two armed men at Kabul's airport after a top Pentagon general met with the Taliban in Doha to urge them not to attack as thousands sought to flee Afghanistan, a defense official said. "In the thousands of people who were there peacefully, two guys who had weapons brandished them menacingly. They were both killed," the official said, insisting on anonymity. The official said that the head of the US Central Command, General Kenneth McKenzie, told Taliban officials in a face-to-face meeting Sunday in Doha not to attack the airport. Thousands of American troops took control of security at Afghanistan's main international airport outside Kabul on Saturday to enable the evacuations of US officials. (AFP)

'Situation in Afghanistan of great concern to India'

India's Ambassador to UN: As a neighbour of Afghanistan, as a friend of its people, the current situation prevailing in the country is of great concern to us in India. Afghan men, women, and children are living under a constant state of fear...We have seen very unfortunate scenes at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul that is widespread panic among the people. Women and children are in distress. Incidents of firing have been reported from the city including the airport.

Saudi Arabia urges Taliban to protect lives under 'Islamic principles'

Saudi Arabia on Monday urged Taliban insurgents who seized Afghanistan's capital Kabul, completing a sweep across the country, to preserve lives, property and security as stipulated by "Islamic principles". 

"The kingdom stands with the choices that the Afghan people make without interference," the foreign ministry of Saudi Arabia, the birthplace of Islam, said in a statement issued by official media. 

"Based on the noble principles of Islam..., the kingdom of Saudi Arabia hopes that the Taliban movement and all Afghan parties will work to preserve security, stability, lives and property."

Biden to speak on Afghanistan

US President Joe Biden will return to the White House from Camp David on Monday to deliver remarks on Afghanistan, the White House said.

Perpetrators of abuse must be brought to justice: France at UNSC 

France at UNSC: We would call for an immediate ceasefire & respect for international laws. Women's rights must be respected. Perpetrators of abuse must be brought to justice. France stands shoulder to shoulder with Afghan people. 

IAF evacuation flight returned to India from Kabul

- One C-17 of the Indian Air Force (IAF) evacuation flight returned to India from Kabul this afternoon with personnel and equipment. More evacuation sorties planned, reported news agency ANI citing sources. 

US urges countries to give refuge to Afghans attempting to flee

US Ambassador to UN: US promises to be generous and resettling Afghans in our own country, and I am heartened by pledges we have seen from other nations to do the same. We urge Afghanistan's neighbors and others to give refuge - temporary or permanent to Afghans attempting to flee.

Aid stuck at border crossings taken over by Taliban

US Ambassador to UN: We are deeply concerned that aid is not flowing to people in crisis. As per World Food Programme, over 500 tonnes of aid are currently sitting at border crossings taken over by Taliban. These aid deliveries must resume immediately. 

Taliban not honouring their promises: Representative of Afghanistan to UN

- Taliban is not honouring their promises and commitments made in their statements at Doha and at other international forums. Residents are living in absolute fear, said Ghulam M Isaczai, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Afghanistan to UN. 

“Today, I am speaking on behalf of millions of people in Afghanistan. I am speaking of millions of Afghan girls and women who are about to lose their freedom to go to school and to participate in political-economic and social life". 

- US soldiers killed two armed men at Kabul airport: Pentagon

UN chief holds press conference amid Taliban rout

- United Nations chief Antonio Guterres called on the world to work together to "suppress the global terrorist threat in Afghanistan." "The international community must unite to make sure that Afghanistan is never again used as a platform or safe haven for terrorist organizations," Guterres told an emergency UN Security Council meeting on Afghanistan. 

“Afghans are proud people. They have known generations of war and hardship. They deserve our full support. The following days will be pivotal. The world is watching. We can not and must not abandon the people of Afghanistan". 

Taliban will not get access to Afghan reserves held in US: official

The Taliban will be denied access to any Afghan reserves held in US accounts, a US administration official told AFP on Monday. As US forces were evacuating Afghanistan's capital after the Taliban's swift takeover, the official said, "Any Central Bank assets the Afghan government have in the United States will not be made available to the Taliban."

India on Afghanistan situation 

The Ministry of External Affairs on Monday said commercial operations from Kabul airport have been suspended today. "This has forced a pause in our repatriation efforts. We are awaiting the resumption of flights to restart the process," he said. "We will facilitate repatriation to India of those who wish to leave Afghanistan. There are also a number of Afghans who have been our partners in the promotion of our mutual developmental, educational and people to people endeavours. We will stand by them," the MEA spokesperson said.

The MEA said that the security situation in Kabul has deteriorated significantly in the last few days. "We have been issuing periodic advisories for the safety and security of Indian nationals, including calling for their immediate return to India. We had circulated emergency contact numbers and had also been extending assistance to community members. We are aware that there are still some Indian nationals in Afghanistan who wish to return and we are in touch with them," MEA spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said.

Afghan military jet shot down by Uzbek air defences

An Afghan military jet was shot down by Uzbek air defence forces and crashed after crossing the border into Uzbekistan, the Uzbek defence ministry said on Monday. The jet crashed late on Sunday in Uzbekistan's southernmost Surxondaryo province adjacent to Afghanistan. "Uzbekistan's air defence forces prevented an attempt by an Afghan military aircraft to illegally cross Uzbekistan's border," defence ministry spokesman Bahrom Zulfikorov said. He did not say how many people were on board or whether they have survived the crash.

Hamas congratulates Taliban on Afghan takeover

The Islamic militant group Hamas has congratulated the Taliban for their swift takeover of Afghanistan and the end to the United States’ 20-year presence in the country. In a statement on Monday, Hamas welcomed “the defeat of the American occupation on all Afghan land" and praised what it said was the Taliban’s “courageous leadership on this victory, which was the culmination of its long struggle over the past 20 years." Hamas, a Palestinian group that opposes Israel’s existence, has governed the Gaza Strip since taking over the area in 2007, a year after it won a Palestinian election. Hamas is considered a terrorist group by Israel, the U.S. and the European Union.

Biden to speak 'soon' on Afghanistan: NSA Jake Sullivan

President Joe Biden will deliver comments "soon" about Afghanistan, a key aide said Monday as the US leader faces sharp criticism for the Taliban sweep into Kabul and the government's fall. "They (Americans) can expect to hear from the president soon. He's right now actively engaged with his national security team. He is working the situation hard," White House National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan told ABC.

Afghan pullout is 'biggest NATO debacle': Merkel party chief

The withdrawal of Western troops from Afghanistan is the "biggest NATO debacle" since the founding of the alliance, the head of German Chancellor Angela Merkel's party said Monday. With the Taliban sweeping to power after NATO troops withdrew, CDU party chief Armin Laschet said: "It is evident that this engagement of the international community was not successful. It is the biggest debacle that NATO has suffered since its founding, and we're standing before an epochal change." (AFP)

Afghan military plane crashes in Uzbekistan

An Afghan military plane has crashed inside Uzbekistan, the Central Asian country's defense ministry said Monday. "The military plane illegally crossed the border of Uzbekistan. An investigation is under way," ministry spokesman Bakhrom Zulfikarov told AFP, confirming Uzbek media reports of a crash taking place late Sunday in Uzbekistan's southern province of Surkhondaryo, which borders Afghanistan.

President Biden 'stands by' withdrawal: US NSA 

U.S. National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan says the failure of the Afghan military is to blame for the Taliban’s swift takeover of Afghanistan. Sullivan said Monday that President Joe Biden didn’t want the U.S. to enter a “third decade of conflict" in Afghanistan and believed it was time for the Afghan army to defend the country two decades after billions of dollars of investment and training by the U.S. But Sullivan said, “we could not give them the will and ultimately they decided that they would not fight for Kabul." He added that the “worst-case scenario" for the U.S. would be to send thousands of troops to fight in a civil war when the Afghan army “wasn’t prepared to fight itself." Sullivan says Biden faced “bad choices" on the subject. The president ultimately opted to bring U.S. troops home and leave the Afghans to fight for themselves. He says “it’s heartbreaking" to see what’s happening in Kabul but that Biden “stands by" his decision. Sullivan spoke Monday on ABC’s “Good Morning America" and NBC’s “Today."

Biden to marshal international community on rights in Afghanistan: US NSA 

U.S. National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan on Monday said that President Joe Biden is prepared to marshal the international community on human rights in Afghanistan, where the Taliban is seizing power. "He is prepared to marshal the international community on this issue. He cares passionately about these human rights questions, and we will stay focused on them in the period ahead," Sullivan said in an interview with Today. "But that was not a reason for the United States to enter a third decade of war in the middle of an internal conflict in another country." (Reuters)

Afghans have broken 'shackles of slavery': Imran Khan

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday said Afghanistan has broken the "shackles of slavery". This comes just a day after Taliban insurgents entered Kabul and took over the control of presidential palace, forcing embattled President Ashraf Ghani to flee the country. Addressing a ceremony to launch the first phase of the Single National Curriculum (SNC) from Grade 1 to 5, Khan spoke how the parallel education system led to the existence of "English medium" schools, resulting in the adoption of "someone else's culture" in Pakistan. “When you adopt someone’s culture you believe it to be superior and you end up becoming a slave to it," he said, adding that it creates a system of mental salves that is worse than the actual slavery. In the same breath, he indirectly likened the ongoing upheaval in Afghanistan with the people of the country breaking the “shackles of slavery". (PTI)

UK plans to evacuate hundreds from Afghanistan each day

Britain will evacuate hundreds of British nationals and eligible Afghan nationals every day, and flights out of Afghanistan will continue for as long as it is safe, Prime Minister Boris Johnson's spokesman said on Monday. "I'd say at least hundreds every day will be leaving (on) the flights, but obviously this is a fluid situation," the spokesman said. Asked how long Britain planned to keep such flights going, he said: "We want to obviously continue to do this as long as we are able to do so and as long as it is safe to do so." (Reuters)

Airlines warned to stay away from Afghanistan

- Afghanistan's aviation authority on Monday said that national airspace had been released to the military and advised transit planes to keep away. For now, as the militants embed themselves elsewhere, U.S. forces have taken over air traffic control at Kabul airport. United Airlines, British Airways and Virgin Atlantic had already stopped using Afghanistan airspace on Sunday as U.S.-led forces departed and Western nations scrambled to evacuate citizens. 

On Monday, Qatar Airways, Singapore Airlines, Taiwan's China Airlines, Air France KLM and Lufthansa followed suit. In Air France's case, six routes are affected: Bangkok, Delhi, Singapore, Mumbai, Madras and Ho Chi Minh.

In a notice to airmen on its website, the Afghanistan Civil Aviation Authority (ACAA) said any transit through Kabul airspace - which covers all Afghanistan - would be uncontrolled. "Kabul airspace has been released to the military. Advise transit aircraft to reroute," the notice said, without specifying precisely which military given the collapse of local security forces in the face of the Taliban offensive. "Any transit through Kabul airspace will be uncontrolled. Surrounding FIRs (air traffic control regions) have been advised."

Russia says Afghan president fled with cars and helicopter full of cash

- Russia's embassy in Kabul said on Monday that Afghan President Ashraf Ghani had fled the country with four cars and a helicopter full of cash and had to leave some money behind as it would not all fit in, the RIA news agency reported. "Four cars were full of money, they tried to stuff another part of the money into a helicopter, but not all of it fit. And some of the money was left lying on the tarmac," Nikita Ishchenko, a spokesman for the Russian embassy in Kabul, was quoted as saying by RIA. Ischenko, the Russian embassy spokesman, confirmed his comments to Reuters. He cited "witnesses" as the source of his information. Reuters could not independently confirm the veracity of his account immediately. (Reuters)

US 'defeat' in Afghanistan a chance for lasting peace: Iran President

- Iran's new President Ebrahim Raisi today said that the "defeat" of the United States in Afghanistan must usher in a durable peace in the neighbouring war-wracked country. "The military defeat and the US withdrawal from Afghanistan should offer an opportunity to restore life, security and lasting peace in that country," Raisi said, according to a statement published by the presidency, after Taliban seized control of the Afghan capital Kabul. 

EU foreign ministers to hold talks on Afghanistan Tuesday

- EU foreign ministers will hold crisis talks via videolink Tuesday on the situation in Afghanistan as European nations scramble to evacuate personnel from the country, diplomats told AFP. Member states and Brussels are frantically trying to pull their foreign and Afghan staff out of Kabul amid fears of reprisals after the Taliban's takeover of power.

UK to fly out 1,500 people from Afghanistan over next two days

- The UK government is planning to fly out 1,500 more people from Afghanistan over the next two days, British Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said on Monday. The first flight carrying British nationals has landed in the UK. Wallace expressed hope that the government will be able to evacuate around 1,000 people a day, including Afghan nationals who have helped British citizens. He told the BBC that work is under way to “remove any bureaucratic barriers" to make sure people who pass screenings are able to be flown to the UK. He said the British government sent more than 600 troops over the weekend to Kabul to help secure the airport and “to effectively process, manage and escort people onto our flights to get them out of Afghanistan."

Russia to evacuate some, not all, staff in Kabul

- Russia will evacuate some of its embassy staff in Kabul “in order not to create too big a presence," the Kremlin envoy on Afghanistan said Monday. Zamir Kabulov told the Ekho Moskvy radio station that some of roughly 100 Russian embassy staff “will be placed on leave or evacuated in some other fashion just in order not to create too big a presence." Kabulov said that the Russian ambassador to Afghanistan Dmitry Zhirnov will meet a Taliban representative on Tuesday to discuss security for the diplomatic mission, adding that the outside perimeter of the embassy is already being guarded by the Taliban. Kabulov also said that the Taliban’s swift takeover of the Afghan capital was “somewhat unexpected." He said Russia was “too optimistic in our assessment of the quality of the armed forces trained by the Americans and NATO." (AP)

Malala: Deeply worried about women, minorities in Afghanistan

- Pakistani education activist Malala Yousafzai today said she was in complete shock as Taliban took control of Afghanistan. In a tweet, she said: “We watch in complete shock as Taliban takes control of Afghanistan. I am deeply worried about women, minorities and human rights advocates. Global, regional and local powers must call for an immediate ceasefire, provide urgent humanitarian aid and protect refugees and civilians." 

Air India's Chicago-Delhi flight, diverted to avoid Afghan airspace, lands in Sharjah

- Air India's AI-126 Chicago-Delhi flight that was diverted to Sharjah for refuelling due to the closure of Afghan airspace landed in Sharjah on Monday. "The AI-126 Chicago-Delhi flight that was diverted to Sharjah for refuelling due to closure of Afghan airspace has landed now," said Air India. AI-174 San Francisco-Delhi will also land at Sharjah approximately in an hour.

Amidst the ongoing turmoil in Afghanistan, Air India's flight scheduled to Kabul will not be able to operate as Afghanistan has closed its airspace, the national carrier informed on Monday. "Due to the closure of Afghanistan airspace, flights cannot go there," Air India said. The airline had a scheduled flight for Kabul from Delhi at 8.30 am in the morning on Monday but was rescheduled to 12.30 pm.

Flight operations from around the world are affected at Kabul's Hamid Karzai International airport due to the ongoing turmoil in Afghanistan. Air India operates one flight per day to Kabul and the airline has advance booking for that. The Ministry of External Affairs, Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) and Air India are in touch and continuously monitoring the situation in Afghanistan.

Taliban takeover is world's failure: UK

- The Taliban's takeover of Afghanistan is a "failure of the international community", Britain's Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said on Monday, assessing that the West's intervention was a job only half-done. "All of us know that Afghanistan is not finished. It's an unfinished problem for the world and the world needs to help it," he told BBC television. The former British Army officer last week said Donald Trump had secured a "rotten deal" with the Islamist militants that allowed their return. He maintained the 20-year intervention by US-led forces in Afghanistan "wasn't a waste, it wasn't for nothing" but accused Western powers of being short-sighted in policy matters. "If it's a failure, it's a failure of the international community to not realise that you don't fix things overnight," he said. "I'm afraid when you deal with a country like Afghanistan, that is 1,000 years of history effectively and civil war, you manage its problems and you might have to manage it for 100 years. "It's not something that you just rock in, rock out and expect something to be fixed."

Taliban in Kabul start collecting weapons from civilians

- Taliban fighters in Kabul have started collecting weapons from civilians on Monday because people no longer need them for personal protection, a Taliban official said. "We understand people kept weapons for personal safety. They can now feel safe. We are not here to harm innocent civilians," the official told Reuters. City resident Salad Moleskin, director of the MOBY group media company, said on Twitter that Taliban soldiers had come to his company compound to enquire about the weapons kept by his security team.

Afghanistan will play T20 World Cup: Media manager Hikmat Hassan

- Amid crisis in the country, the Afghanistan Cricket Board has said its cricket team will participate in T20 World Cup to be held in Dubai. "Yes, we will play in the T20 World Cup. The preparations are on and the available players will be back to training in Kabul in the next few days. We are looking for a venue for the tri-series involving Australia and West Indies and that will be the best preparation for the showpiece event. We are speaking to some countries like Sri Lanka and also I think Malaysia. Let's see how that pans out," the Afghanistan cricket team's media manager Hikmat Hassan told ANI. 

China ready to develop ‘friendly relations’ with Taliban

- China has said it is willing to develop "friendly relations" with the Taliban, which after the Islamist hardliners seized control of Afghanistan. "China respects the right of the Afghan people to independently determine their own destiny and is willing to continue to develop... friendly and cooperative relations with Afghanistan," foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told reporters.

-The Russian ambassador in Afghanistan will hold a meeting with a senior coordinator of the Taliban (terrorist group, banned in Russia) on Tuesday to discuss embassy security, Russian Special Presidential Representative for Afghanistan Zamir Kabulov said on Monday.

-Air India cancelled its Delhi-Kabul-Delhi flight that was scheduled to operate on Monday to avoid Afghanistan airspace after it was declared "uncontrolled" by authorities at the Kabul airport

-At least five people were killed in Kabul airport as hundreds of people tried to forcibly enter planes leaving the Afghan capital, witnesses told Reuters.

One witness said he had seen the bodies of five people being taken to a vehicle. Another witness said it was not clear whether the victims were killed by gunshots or in a stampede.

-France said it will evacuate its first nationals and Afghan colleagues from the fallen Afghan capital Kabul to a base in the United Arab Emirates.

"We are planning to carry out the first rotation between now and the end of this Monday," defence minister Florence Parly said, adding there were several dozen French citizens to be evacuated.

-Vistara's flights from Delhi to London have stopped using Afghanistan airspace as the country faces an uncertain future after Kabul fell into the hands of the Taliban on Sunday.

-Civilian side of Hamid Karzai Airport in Kabul closed, the airspace over the airport was released to the military - NOTAM (notice to airmen). Can't see Air India flight operating in these circumstances at the scheduled time, reports HT correspondent. 

-Air India on Monday diverted its Chicago-Delhi flight toward Sharjah in the UAE to avoid Afghanistan airspace after it was declared "uncontrolled" by authorities at Kabul airport, senior officials said. The Chicago-Delhi flight will land in Sharjah for refuelling purposes, they said. The flight will then leave for Delhi again while avoiding the Afghan airspace.

-Due to the closure of Afghan airspace flights can't operate, Air India confirms to ANI.

-US troops fired shots into the air at Kabul airport on Monday as thousands of Afghans crowded onto the tarmac in the hope of catching a flight out of the country after the Taliban takeover of the country.

-The United States has said that it would deploy as many as 6,000 of its troops at Kabul airport to ensure safe departure of its citizens and those from its friends and allies from Afghanistan.

-The national carrier Air India flight has been rescheduled for Kabul from morning flight to afternoon while two aircraft with flight crews are on standby for evacuation. "Air India flight has been rescheduled for Kabul from 8:30 am to 12:30 due to prevailing situation in Kabul," an Air India official told ANI.

-Dozens of nations from around the world are calling on all involved in events in Afghanistan to respect and facilitate the departure of foreign nationals and Afghans who wish to leave the country.

-More than 60 nations released a joint statement Sunday night citing what they call “the deteriorating security situation" in Afghanistan. 

-Emirates has suspended flights to Afghanistan's capital Kabul until further the notice, the airline said on its website .

-Major airlines are rerouting flights to avoid Afghanistan airspace.

-European nations and the EU scrambled to evacuate their citizens and local staff from Kabul on Sunday, as NATO said it would keep the airport open.

-In Afghan provinces, burqa shops are reopening and the thick, blue garments that cover a woman’s body from head to toe — the repressive symbol of the Taliban’s previous rule — are becoming an expensive, must-have item.


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