Afghanistan Highlights: US President Joe Biden on Tuesday addressed the nation and thanked the US military for their work in evacuating people since the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan. “No nation has ever done anything like it in all of history,” he highlighted. Biden also said that he accepts responsibility for the decision to withdraw from Afghanistan as staying there was no longer an option. At any time, this exit would have been a very “difficult and dangerous mission,” Biden said adding that no evacuation mission at the end of a war can be done without challenges.
The Ministry of External Affairs Tuesday said that the Indian envoy in Qatar Deepak Mittal met Taliban leader Sher Mohammed Abbas Stanekzai in Doha. Ambassador Mittal raised India’s concern that Afghanistan’s soil should not be used for anti-Indian activities and terrorism in any manner, it said.
Earlier today, Taliban forces clashed with militia fighters in the Panjshir valley north of the Afghan capital Kabul on Monday night, losing eight killed, news agency Reuters reported citing a representative of the main anti-Taliban opposition group. Since the fall of Kabul on August 15, the Panjshir has been the only province to hold out against the Taliban, although there has also been fighting in neighbouring Baghlan province between Taliban and local militia forces.
The Taliban triumphantly marched into Kabul’s international airport on Tuesday, hours after the final US troop withdrawal that ended America’s longest war. Standing on the tarmac, Taliban leaders pledged to secure the country, quickly reopen the airport and grant amnesty to former opponents.