News ID: 315657
Published: 0310 GMT August 22, 2021

Afghanistan after Taliban takeover

Afghanistan after Taliban takeover
Iranian officer gives boxes of juice to an Afghan refugee at the Iran-Afghanistan border in the southeastern Iranian province of Sistan and Baluchestan on August 19, 2021.

Following the Taliban militant group’s takeover of Afghanistan on August 15, the Asian country has plunged into chaos, turmoil and insecurity.

At least 20 die in Kabul airport chaos


A NATO official said on Sunday at least 20 people have died in recent days in and around the Kabul airport during the evacuation effort.



"The crisis outside the Kabul airport is unfortunate. Our focus is to evacuate all foreigners as soon as we can," the official, who sought anonymity, told Reuters.

The influx of people fleeing Afghanistan has caused problems for the countrys neighbors and worried other countries, especially the European ones.


Greece extends border wall


Greece said on Saturday that it has completed a 25-mile (40km) wall on its border with Turkey and installed a surveillance system to prevent possible asylum seekers from trying to reach Europe after the Talibans takeover of Afghanistan, the Guardian reported.



Greeces CitizensProtections Minister Michalis Chrisochoidis said the country had taken action to stop a repeat of scenes six years ago. A fence of almost eight miles had already been in place.


Turkey reinforcing border with Iran


Turkey is also reinforcing its border with Iran to stop a potential influx of Afghan refugees.



Some refugees who fled weeks and months ago have already started to show up at the rugged border area, according to Euronews.

Now, three-meter-high concrete slabs are being installed to stop them.


Putin: We don't want militants in Russia


Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Sunday that the conflict in Afghanistan directly affects the security situation in Russia, Russian news agencies reported.



Putin criticized an idea of some Western countries to send refugees from Afghanistan to neighboring Central Asian countries while their visas to the United States and Europe are being processed.

He said Russia does not want Afghanistan militants arriving under cover of refugees, RIA news agency quoted him as saying.


Afghan resistance prefers negotiations


Former Afghan government forces forming a resistance movement in a fortified valley are preparing for "long-term conflict", but are also seeking to negotiate with the Taliban, their spokesman told AFP in an interview.


AHMAD SAHEL ARMAN/AFP  Ahmad Massoud (C) arrives to address a gathering at the tomb of his late father in Panjshir Province, Afghanistan, on July 5, 2021.


Since the Taliban took control of the country, thousands of people have made their way to Panjshir to both join the fight and find a safe haven to continue their lives, Ali Maisam Nazary said.

There, Ahmad Massoud, the son of legendary Mujahideen commander Ahmad Shah Massoud who was assassinated by Al-Qaeda two days before the September 11, 2001 attacks, has assembled a fighting force of around 9,000 people, Nazary added.



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