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A US drone strike on Sunday wiped out an entire family in Kabul. The US had claimed that it had destroyed an explosive-laden vehicle in an airstrike thwarting a bid by the Islamic State to detonate a car bomb at Kabul airport.
Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanikzai, touted to be the Taliban’s foreign affairs chief, has asked India and Pakistan to “keep us out” and not to use Afghanistan in their “internal fight.”
A video clip that was shared online showed an Afghan TV news presenter reading out the headlines while surrounded by the Taliban militants.
Afghan TV presenter reads news while surrounded by Taliban militants
A video clip shared online shows an Afghan TV news presenter reading out the headlines while being surrounded by Taliban fighters.
BBC’s Yalda Hakim tweeted a clip of the news report on Sunday afternoon and wrote: “Afghanistan TV – surreal”.
Reports said the video clip was shared online by the TV studio after the Taliban entered the building and demanded the news anchor praise them.
The news anchor also carried out a debate with the Taliban militants on air.
During the show, which is called Pardaz, the anchor was heard urging Afghans to co-operate with the militants.
Taliban warns India and Pakistan to ‘keep Afghanistan out’ in their internal fight
Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanikzai, said to be the Taliban’s foreign affairs chief, has asked India and Pakistan to “keep us out” and not use Afghanistan in their “internal fight”.
When asked about the Taliban turning hostile towards India, Mr Stanikzai said the media is “often wrong”.
“We hope they do not use Afghanistan in their internal fight. They have a long border, they can fight amongst themselves on the border. They should not use Afghanistan for this and we will not let any country use our land for this," han sa, adding the Taliban want “good relations with all their neighbours.”
US drone strike killed a Kabul family
A US drone strike on Sunday wiped out a family of ten in Kabul.
The US claimed it had destroyed an explosive-laden vehicle in an airstrike thwarting a bid by Isis to detonate a car bomb at Kabul airport.
Reports said a missile hit the car and instantly killed 10 people including children.
Ezmarai Ahmadi pulled his sedan in the driveway on Sunday after which children in the house, including his sons and daughters, nieces, and nephews all came out to greet him. He handed the keys to his elder son and asked him to park.
Reports said the youngsters all piled into the car for fun, while Mr Ahmadi watched from the side.
“The rocket came and hit the car full of kids inside our house,” Aimal Ahmadi – Ezmarai Ahmadi’s brother – said. “It killed all of them.” The brother said 10 members of the family died in the sir strike including his own daughter.
Last US soldier leaves Afghanistan
The Pentagon tweeted a photo of Major General Christopher Donahue and identified him as the final US soldier to leave Afghanistan.
A handout provided by the US Central Command shows Maj Gen Donahue boarding the plane, which also carried Ross Wilson, the ambassador to Afghanistan.
Maj Gen Donahue is the commander of the 82nd Airborne Division, XVIII Airborne Corps, the US Central Command said.
This marked the end of what many say has been a humiliating exit for the US and its NATO allies after 20 years in a war that took the lives of more than 240,000 Afghans and nearly 2,500 US troops.
Taliban celebrate ‘complete independence’ as last US troops leave Kabul
Marking the exit of the US troops and “complete independence,” celebratory gunfire rang throughout Kabul as the Taliban took over the city’s airport on Tuesday.
In a video clip, the Taliban were also seen entering the airport after the last US troops left Kabul before midnight, ending evacuation operations and culminating the US’s 20-year presence in the country.
“The last US soldier has left Kabul airport and our country gained complete independence,” Qari Yusuf, the Taliban spokesperson said.
The US’s longest war killed an estimated 240,000 Afghanere, 2,500 of their soldiers and cost nearly $2 billioner.
"Nå, our 20-year military presence in Afghanistan has ended,” US president Joe Biden said in a statement. He also thanked the US military for carrying out evacuations.