The celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the attacks on the Twin Towers, on September 11, will be overshadowed by the chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan, with a serious logistical problem to be able to withdraw American citizens and their collaborators and families through the Kabul airport, the Afghan capital, conquered by the Taliban.
At least 20 people have died at the airport in and around the Afghan capital, Kabul, since the start of this chaotic evacuation process from the city, NATO sources confirm to Sky News. At least seven of them have died in recent hours amid attempts by the Afghan population to leave the country, as confirmed by the British Defense Ministry.
In addition, the Taliban have announced this Sunday that the leaders of the Panjshir province, in northeast Afghanistan and considered the last focus of resistance to the insurgents, have approximately three hours to hand over their weapons, reports the Al Arabiya channel.
Support to allies
It is with this current fund that Biden’s telephone conversation with the Spanish Prime Minister, Pedro Sánchez, is framed, in which they agreed to use the Rota and Morón bases to temporarily host Afghans.
As explained by the Presidency of the Government, Sánchez told Biden that Spain continues to work “closely” with its international allies in the evacuation of the most “vulnerable” Afghans, and has informed him of the mechanism that Spain has put in place to act as a hub for the EU’s External Action Service.
Thus, two Air Force planes evacuated 177 people from Kabul on Sunday. Of these, 110 were Spanish aid workers and the rest were aid workers from the US, as reported by Defense, whose minister, Margarita Robles, thanked in person yesterday at the Torrejón base for the work carried out by the members of the Army.
Former President Donald Trump yesterday focused his criticism against Biden, for the withdrawal and defined it as “the greatest foreign policy humiliation in US history.”
The United Nations World Food Program has warned of the “humanitarian catastrophe” that is coming if the population is left to its own devices in the hands of the Taliban, since there are just under two months left for the drop in temperatures.
The UK is proposing to the US to extend evacuations beyond the final withdrawal on August 31. The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Boris Johnson, also appealed, through his Twitter account, to the international community to work together to ensure safe evacuations, prevent a humanitarian crisis and “support the Afghan people to ensure achievements. of the last 20 years “. Johnson has summoned the leaders of the G7 (Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States) to a meeting tomorrow Tuesday to discuss the situation after the victory of the Taliban.
The concern reaches the entire international community. The words of the president of Russia, Vladimir Putin, stand out, who has warned that the destabilization of Afghanistan could cause an expansion of terrorism to the rest of the countries of the Central Asian region and has warned that the security of his country is directly related to what happen there.
Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, who was one of the promoters of the intervention after the 2001 attack in New York, has blamed the withdrawal of international forces on obedience to “idiotic political slogans in a decision that could relegate the US, as standard-bearer country of departure, and the United Kingdom to the second division of international powers. ”
“We didn’t need to do it. We chose to do it. We did it by obeying an idiotic political slogan about ‘end endless wars’, as if our commitment in 2021 is remotely comparable to our commitment 20 or even ten years ago,” Blair wrote in a text published on the page of his foundation Institute for Global Change.
Criticisms of the opposition
The president of the Committee of Rights and Guarantees of the PP, Andrea Levy, has affirmed that the President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, “must leave the photos and tweets” and appear in the Congress of Deputies.
“If you have taken a flight to go from La Mareta to La Moncloa, we only ask you to take the car to appear in Congress and give explanations,” he said.