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The Taliban (under UN sanctions for terrorist activities) stormed to power in Afghanistan on August 15, 2021, as US-led forces withdrew from the country after 20 years of occupation.
A member of Taliban forces stands guard next to a plane that has arrived from Kandahar at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan September 5, 2021. REUTERS/Stringer/File Photo - Sputnik International

Live Updates: Taliban Says US Blacklisting New Gov't Members Violates Doha Agreement

On 6 September, the Taliban* declared an interim government of Afghanistan.
An unnamed US official told Reuters on 9 September that the Taliban had greenlighted the departure of 200 American civilians and third-country nationals who remained in Afghanistan after the end of the US evacuation. These citizens are expected to leave Afghanistan on charter flights from Kabul airport on 9 September.
The terrorist group was reportedly pressed to allow the departures by the US Special Representative Zalmay Khalilzad.
News organisation Axios reported earlier that the former US special envoy for Guantanamo Closure, Lee Wolosky, will lead the Biden administration's legal efforts on resettling Afghan evacuees in the United States. Wolosky will serve as special counsel to Biden, taking a leave of absence from law practice Jenner & Block LLP. His appointment comes as Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said that the United States has so far admitted more than 40,000 Afghan evacuees.
*The Taliban is a terrorist organisation banned in Russia and other nations.
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21:09 GMT 09.09.2021
Afghan Envoy to UN Says They Have Eyewitness Accounts of Taliban Atrocities Including Targeted Executions, Blockage of Humanitarian Aid
21:01 GMT 09.09.2021
Washington 'Outraged' By Reports of Taliban Reprisals Against UN Staff, Calls on Movement to Comply With International Law

"We are outraged at reports that members of the Taliban have engaged in reprisals against UN staff throughout the country. This is simply unacceptable. All UN staff members must be able to conduct their work without undue burden and without discrimination as to who they are. We call the Taliban to permit humanitarian organizations to continue their vital work in Afghanistan."

Jeffrey DeLaurentis
Acting Alternate Representative for Special Political Affairs at the US Mission to the United Nations
19:55 GMT 09.09.2021
UNSC Discussing 6 Month Extension of Afghanistan Peacekeeping Mission, Diplomatic Source Tells Sputnik
19:54 GMT 09.09.2021
Security Council Discusses Possible Extension of UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan
UN Security Council chamber (File photo). - Sputnik International, 1920, 09.09.2021
Security Council Discusses Possible Extension of UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan
18:25 GMT 09.09.2021
Taliban Yet to Reach Out to UN About Their Ambassador to Organization - UN Spokesman
UNITED NATIONS (Sputnik) - The Taliban movement has not yet contacted the United Nations regarding their ambassador to the world’s body, UN spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said in a press briefing on Thursday.

"Not that I am aware of it", Dujarric said when asked whether the new interim government contacted the United Nations on the matter. "There has been no contact… here at UN Headquarters".

The United Nations website and Afghanistan's Permanent Mission to the organisation still list Ghulam Isaczai, appointed by former President Ashraf Ghani as the country's Permanent Representative.
17:30 GMT 09.09.2021
Afghanistan Faces Prospect of Universal Poverty By Middle of 2022, UNDP Warns

"Afghanistan pretty much faces universal poverty by the middle of next year", UN Development Program (UNDP) Asia-Pacific Director Kanni Wignaraja said during a press conference. "Together with political instability, you've now got a freeze on foreign reserves, you've got a collapsed public finance system, you've got a crush on local banking... and you've got COVID-19. So if you look at this, it's both a humanitarian and development disaster".

17:28 GMT 09.09.2021
Civil Activists Organise Silent Protests in Kabul Despite Taliban's Ban, Source Says
KABUL (Sputnik) - Civil activists organized silent protests with banners in the main square of the Afghan capital despite the ban on all unauthorized protests imposed by the Taliban, a source told Sputnik.

On Wednesday, the new Taliban government announced a ban on all protests, slogans, and demonstrations in the country that do not have official approval from the authorities.

According to the source, the activists, instead of shouting slogans, held banners and remained silent.
15:31 GMT 09.09.2021
BRICS Calls For Preventing Afghanistan From Being Used as Terrorist Safe Haven

"We underscore the priority of fighting terrorism, including preventing attempts by terrorist organisations to use Afghan territory as a terrorist sanctuary and to carry out attacks against other countries, as well as drug trade within Afghanistan. We emphasise the need to address the humanitarian situation and to uphold human rights, including those of women, children and minorities", a declaration, adopted following the BRICS summit on Thursday, read.

13:46 GMT 09.09.2021
Taliban Renames Kabul Int'l Airport, Removes Karzai's Name, Source Says
13:42 GMT 09.09.2021
First Commercial Flight From Kabul Reportedly Departs For Doha, Qatar
13:26 GMT 09.09.2021
Moscow Says Lavrov Will Take Part in CSTO Foreign Ministers Council Meeting on Afghanistan on 15 September
12:43 GMT 09.09.2021
Putin Says US Withdrawal From Afghanistan Led to New Crisis, Effects on Global and Regional Security Remain Unclear
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The US forces withdrawal from Afghanistan led to a new crisis, and its effects on the regional and global security are yet to be established, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on 9 September.
"Long-standing regional conflicts do not cease, moreover, they flare up with renewed vigor. The US and its allies' withdrawal form Afghanistan led to the emergence of a new crisis and it is not yet clear how all this will affect regional and global security," Putin said at the BRICS summit.
The Russian president expressed the belief that the new round of crisis is related to "irresponsible attempts to impose foreign values."
"Russia, as well as its BRICS partners, consistently advocates the establishment of a long-awaited peace and stability on the Afghan soil. Residents of this country have been fighting for decades, they have the right to independently determine what their country should be like," Putin added.
12:24 GMT 09.09.2021
Civilian Aircraft With Foreigners Aboard Departs From Afghanistan, Source Says
KABUL (Sputnik) - A civilian aircraft with foreigners aboard departed from Afghanistan on 9 September, a source from the Taliban (terrorist organisation, banned in Russia) told Sputnik.

The source did not specify citizens of which countries left Afghanistan.

The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) has reported that the Taliban will allow approximately 200 foreigners, including Americans, to depart from Kabul and leave for Qatar.
12:17 GMT 09.09.2021
Kabul Airport Ready to Service Civilian Flights - Source
KABUL (Sputnik) - The Kabul airport is ready to service civilian aircraft, first flights are scheduled already for Saturday, a source in the Taliban movement (banned as a terrorist organisation in Russia) told Sputnik.

According to the source, some "official foreign flights" are scheduled for Saturday.

Earlier on Thursday, Qatari Foreign Ministry's Special Envoy for Counterterrorism Mutlaq bin Majed Al-Qahtani said that the Kabul airport is ready to receive international arrivals, as experts have fixed all the equipment.
12:17 GMT 09.09.2021
Over Half of Afghan War Veterans in US Back Biden's Decision to Withdraw, Poll Shows
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Fifty-eight percent of US veterans of the two decade war in Afghanistan support President Joe Biden's decision to withdraw forces from the Central Asian country, according to a fresh Morning Consult poll published on 9 September.

"Nearly 3 in 5 veterans of the war in Afghanistan (58 percent) said they support Biden's move to withdraw all troops before the 20th anniversary of the 2001 attacks on Saturday, including 42 percent who do so strongly. The latter figure is 15 percentage points higher than the share of all voters who said the same," the pollster said.

When asked to assess the American engagement in Afghanistan, veterans were more likely to consider the twenty-year conflict a success than the average voter — 48% of veterans called it "successful," which is 21 percentage points higher than the share of all voters who assessed it the same way.

"Among Afghanistan veterans, 49 percent approve of Biden's handling of Afghanistan policy, compared to 54 percent who approve of how [former] Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama dealt with the country. But the greatest share (63 percent) backed former President Donald Trump's handling of Afghanistan, which ended with a deal with the Taliban that set the stage for this year's withdrawal," the pollster added.

The survey was conducted from August 17 to September 2 among 243 registered voters who served in the country's longest war.
11:32 GMT 09.09.2021
All Kabul Airport Equipment Fixed, International Flights Resuming, Qatari Diplomat Says
10:33 GMT 09.09.2021
EU Spokesman Says New Afghan Government Not Something Taliban Promised
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Afghanistan's temporary government does not look inclusive and representative, this is not something the Taliban movement (banned as a terrorist organisation in Russia) promised, European Commission spokesman Peter Stano said on 9 September.

"Looking at the names which were announced. This doesn’t really look like an inclusive and representative government. This government is not something that the Taliban was promising. The first step they made is already not much in the expectations. We are looking forward to have in place a government in Afghanistan which will be reflecting the principle of inclusivity and being a representative body of the Afghan society," Stano said at a briefing.
10:10 GMT 09.09.2021
Military Aircraft Arrives in Kabul From Kyrgyzstan to Evacuate 200 US Citizens, Other Foreigners, Reports Suggest
09:40 GMT 09.09.2021
Afghan National Ban Reportedly Freezes Accounts of Ex-Ministers, Parliament Members and Officers
09:06 GMT 09.09.2021
Kabul Airport to Be Ready for International Arrivals, Departures Within 3 Days, Reports Suggest
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The Kabul airport will be ready for arrivals and departures to international destinations within the next three days, the Khaama Press news agency reported on 9 September.

The Taliban (banned in Russia) representatives, as well as Qatari and Turkish technical experts, have assessed the airport’s readiness, according to Khaama Press.
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