Fears Rise About Safety of Afghan Airport as U.S. Warns Americans to Stay Away

It was on Saturday that Zabihullah Mujahid tweeted that the Taliban had formed a three-member committee to deal with “media problems in Kabul.” He didn’t go into further detail.

Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the Taliban’s co-founder, has arrived in Kabul for talks aimed at forming a new government, a Taliban official said on Saturday. Earlier this week, Mr. Baradar, who presided over the signing of a troop withdrawal agreement with the US in Qatar for February 2020, arrived in Kandahar, the spiritual birthplace of the Taliban, to a rousing welcome from the locals.

Former President Hamid Karzai and other politicians were expected to meet with Mr. Baradar.

The arrival of Mr. Baradar was confirmed by Taliban deputy Ahmadullah Waseq, who said, “The negotiations are going on right now.” The Taliban, according to him, are currently mostly talking amongst themselves in preparation for talks.

Even though Taliban leaders haven’t said much about what kind of government they envision, it’s clear that they want to impose their own strict interpretation of Shariah law.

Witnesses at the airport reported seeing scenes of chaos and panic that lasted throughout the day and night. Ex-translator Mike says he helped Taliban fighters carry two Afghan women who had fainted in the morning sun.

They were yelling, “We’re going to die!” at the Taliban.” Mike made the statement. There was a water hose brought over for us.

After camping outside an airport compound for three days, one young Kabul family said they were becoming increasingly afraid. People had been unable to get to the gate to submit their names because of the crush. Even though British officials had approved their evacuation, they had ended up sleeping outside in the open with their young children because they had no idea if they would be allowed into the compound.