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Afghanistan Crisis: Former President Hamid Karzai Meets Senior Taliban Leader, Jalalabad Protest Turns Violent; even more

Taliban commander and senior leader of the Haqqani Network terrorist group Anas Haqqani met with former President Hamid Karzai on Wednesday for talks, amid the Taliban’s efforts to form a government after dramatically taking over Afghanistan.

Karzai was accompanied by the old government’s chief peace envoy Abdullah Abdullah at the meeting, the Taliban official said, who declined to be identified, according to Reuters news agency.

The Haqqani network is a key part of the Taliban, which captured the capital Kabul on Sunday. The network, located on the border with Pakistan, was accused of some of the deadliest terrorist attacks in Afghanistan in recent years.

Evacuation continues from Kabul airport

Despite promises of security by the Taliban, more than 2,200 diplomats and other civilians have been evacuated from Afghanistan by military flights, a Western security official told Reuters on Wednesday.

“We’re moving at a very high speed, there doesn’t seem to be a glitch in the logistics right now,” the official told Reuters. However, it is not yet clear when civilian flights will resume.

Taliban fighters patrol the neighborhood of Wazir Akbar Khan in the city of Kabul, Afghanistan, Wednesday, August 18, 2021. (AP)

The official said the exits included diplomatic staff, foreign security personnel and Afghans working for embassies, but did not say how many Afghans were among those leaving more than 2,200 people.

Two killed in anti-Taliban protest in Jalalabad

Al Jazeera reported that at least two people were killed and a dozen wounded in a shootout against the Taliban’s removal of the Afghan flag in the eastern city of Jalalabad.

A day before Afghanistan’s Independence Day, people gathered in the city to hoist the national flag to commemorate the end of British rule in 1919. the territories they occupied.

Video footage later showed the Taliban firing in the air and attacking people with batons to disperse the crowd. Babrak Amirzada, a reporter for a local news agency, said he and a TV cameraman from another agency were beaten up by the Taliban because they were trying to cover up the unrest.

‘Action doesn’t count words’: UK PM Johnson tells Taliban

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the Taliban would be judged on their actions, not their words, as they tried to convince the world that they would not retaliate after taking over Afghanistan.

Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks during a debate on the situation in Afghanistan inside parliament in London, as lawmakers sit in an emergency three days after the Afghan capital Kabul fell to the Taliban. (House of Commons via AP)

Addressing parliament, which was recalled from his summer vacation to discuss the situation in Afghanistan, Johnson ruled out resuming military action in the country and instead called on the United Nations to lead the humanitarian effort. called upon.

“We judge this regime on the basis of the choices it makes, and its actions rather than its words, its attitude to terrorism, crime and drugs, as well as humanitarian access and girls’ rights to education. Will judge on the basis, Reuters quoted Johnson as saying.

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