Threatened by Rapid Advance of Taliban, Australia to Urgently Evacuate Afghans

As Taliban has seized more than a dozen provincial capitals in Afghanistan including Kandahar, the second biggest city of the country and Kabul can fall within their hands anytime, Australia is working with U.S to evacuate the last Afghans who helped Australian army and diplomats. Australia shut its Kabul embassy in May and withdrew the last of its troops in June after President of the United states pulled out of the Afghanistan conflict after 20 years.

FILE – In this March 2, 2015, file photo, Australian soldiers watch an exhibition cricket match between Afghan local employees and Australian soldiers at NATO headquarters, at Kabul, Afghanistan. Australia will work urgently with the United States to evacuate the last Afghans who helped Australian troops and diplomats as Taliban insurgents make rapid territorial gains across Afghanistan, the prime minister says Friday, Aug. 13, 2021. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul, File). Copyright 2021 The Association press. All rights reserved

Since April Australia has resettled 400 Afghans and their families who work for the Australian troops as they would be in more danger.

“We have made a lot of ground on this issue in the last few months. We’ll continue to do that. We’re liaising very closely with particularly the U.S and others who are engaged in that area.” Scott John Morrison (The 30th Australian Prime Minister) said.

“We’ll continue to implement that program with a great sense of urgency in partnership with those who are engaged in similar activities in that region,” he added.

He also described the Taliban gains as “Not Surprising”. “But it is concerning and very upsetting” Since 2001 more than 39000 Australian soldiers have served in Afghanistan and 41 have been killed there.

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