Taliban Announces ‘Amnesty,' Urges Women to Join Government

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The Taliban declared an “amnesty” crossed Afghanistan and urged women to articulation its authorities Tuesday, trying to calm nerves crossed a tense superior metropolis that lone the time earlier saw chaos astatine its airdrome arsenic radical tried to fly their rule.

The comments by Enamullah Samangani, a subordinate of the Taliban's taste commission, correspond the archetypal comments connected governance from a national level crossed the state aft their blitz crossed the country.

While determination were nary large reports of abuses oregon warring successful Kabul, galore residents person stayed location and stay fearful aft the insurgents’ takeover saw prisons emptied and armories looted. Older generations retrieve their ultraconservative Islamic views, which included stonings, amputations and nationalist executions during their regularisation earlier the U.S-led penetration that followed the Sept. 11, 2001 panic attacks.

“The Islamic Emirate doesn't privation women to beryllium victims” Samangani said, utilizing the militants' word for Afghanistan. “They should beryllium successful authorities operation according to Shariah law.”

He added: “The operation of authorities is not afloat clear, but based connected experience, determination should beryllium a afloat Islamic enactment and each sides should join.”

Samangani remained vague connected different details, however, implying radical already knew the rules of Islamic instrumentality the Taliban expected them to follow.

"Our radical are Muslims and we are not present to unit them to Islam,” helium said.

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Under the Taliban, which ruled successful accordance with a harsh mentation of Islamic law, women were mostly confined to their homes. The insurgents person sought to task greater moderation successful caller years, but galore Afghans stay skeptical.

Meanwhile Tuesday, Stefano Pontecorvo, NATO's elder civilian typical to Afghanistan, posted video online showing the runway bare with American troops connected the tarmac. What appeared to beryllium a subject cargo level could beryllium seen successful the region from down a chain-link obstruction successful the footage.

The runway "is open,” helium wrote connected Twitter. “I spot airplanes landing and taking off.”

Overnight, flight-tracking information showed a U.S. Marine Corps KC-130J Hercules level astatine the airdrome and aboriginal taking disconnected for Qatar, location to Al-Udeid Air Base and the U.S. subject Central Command's guardant headquarters.

The German Foreign Ministry meantime said a archetypal German subject transport level has landed successful Kabul, but it could lone instrumentality 7 radical connected committee earlier it had to depart again.

“Because of the chaotic conditions astatine the airdrome and regular exchanges of occurrence astatine the entree constituent past night, it was not imaginable for further German citizens and different radical who request to beryllium evacuated to travel to the airdrome without extortion from the German army," the ministry said.

A peculiar subject formation with immoderate 120 Indian officials separately landed successful the occidental authorities of Gujarat aft taking disconnected from Kabul’s main airdrome connected Tuesday, the Press Trust of India and authorities TV reported. Another formation made it disconnected the crushed Monday arsenic well.

Sweden’ s Foreign Minister Ann Linde wrote connected Twitter connected Tuesday that the unit from the Swedish Embassy successful Kabul had returned to Sweden.

On Monday, thousands of Afghans rushed into Kabul’s main airport, immoderate truthful hopeless to flight the Taliban that they held onto a subject pitchy arsenic it took disconnected and plunged to their deaths. At slightest 7 radical died successful the chaos, U.S. officials said

Across Afghanistan, the International Committee of the Red Cross said thousands had been wounded successful the fighting. Security forces and politicians handed implicit their provinces and bases without a fight, apt believing the two-decade Western experimentation to remake Afghanistan would not past the resurgent Taliban. The past American troops had planned to retreat astatine the extremity of the month.

“The satellite is pursuing events successful Afghanistan with a dense bosom and heavy disquiet astir what lies ahead,” United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said.

A resolute U.S. President Joe Biden connected Monday said helium stood “squarely behind” his determination to retreat American forces and acknowledged the “gut-wrenching” images unfolding successful Kabul. Biden said helium faced a prime betwixt honoring a antecedently negotiated withdrawal statement oregon sending thousands much troops backmost to statesman a 3rd decennary of war.

“After 20 years, I’ve learned the hard mode that determination was ne'er a bully clip to retreat U.S. forces,” Biden said successful a televised code from the White House.

Talks appeared to beryllium continuing betwixt the Taliban and respective Afghan authorities officials, including erstwhile President Hamid Karzai and Abdullah Abdullah, who erstwhile headed the country’s negotiating council. President Ashraf Ghani earlier fled the state amid the Taliban beforehand and his whereabouts stay unknown.

An authoritative with nonstop cognition of the talks, who spoke connected information of anonymity arsenic helium wasn't authorized to little journalists, said elder Taliban person Amir Khan Muttaqi had arrived successful Kabul from Qatar. Muttaqi is simply a erstwhile higher acquisition curate during the Taliban's past rule. Muttaqi had begun making interaction with Afghan governmental leaders adjacent earlier Ghani fled.


Akhgar reported from Istanbul, Gannon from Guelph, Canada, and Gambrell from Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Associated Press writers Kirsten Grieshaber successful Berlin and Jan Olson successful Copenhagen, Denmark, contributed to this report.

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