Taliban seize American weapons including aircraft, missiles

Afghanistans military has laid down its weapons, and the Taliban have wasted little time in collecting them, raising concerns about how easily troves of US-made arms, military aircraft and armoured vehicles have fallen into enemy hands and the new capabilities they bring, The Wall Street Journal reported.

Scores of videos have emerged of Taliban fighters rejoicing near abandoned American helicopters, carrying US-supplied M24 sniper rifles and M18 assault weapons, stacking other small arms and materiel in unending piles and driving Humvees and other US-made military trucks.

The Taliban have seized airplanes, tanks and artillery from Afghan outposts and from evacuating US personnel, revealing one of the heavier costs of a troop withdrawal amid a collapse of Afghanistan’s government and army.

Taliban Issues First Fatwa, Bans Co-Education In Universities

Taliban officials in Afghanistan’s Herat province have ordered the government and private universities that girls will no longer be allowed to sit in the same classes with boys, Khaama News reported.

In a three-hour meeting between university lecturers, owners of private institutions, and the Taliban officials, the latter said that there is no alternative and justification for continuing co-education and must be ended.

Taliban Allegedly Kidnap Over 150 People, Including Indians Awaiting Evacuation From Kabul

Multiple Afghan media outlets report kidnapping by Taliban of persons awaiting evacuation from Kabul. Among them are reported to be Indian citizens. No official confirmation of this, more details awaited. 

Situation across Afghanistan remains extremely fluid: UN

The situation across Afghanistan remained extremely fluid and bolstered support for the humanitarian response inside Afghanistan was urgently needed, said UN officials.

Shabia Mantoo, spokesperson for the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), said at a press briefing that while widespread fighting had decreased since the takeover of the country by the Taliban on August 15, the full impact of the evolving situation was not yet clear, reports Xinhua news agency.

The vast majority of Afghans were not able to leave the country through regular channels, Mantoo said, adding that some 200 UNHCR colleagues, both national and international, remained in Afghanistan.

“UNHCR was working with 18 local non-government partners with some 900 staff throughout the country. At present, they were able to access all provinces and working in two-thirds of all districts,” she said.

UK Will Work With Taliban If Necessary’, Says PM Johnson

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that his country will work with the Taliban “if necessary”, as the group has regained control of Afghanistan.

“What I want to assure people is that our political and diplomatic efforts to find a solution for Afghanistan, working with the Taliban, of course, if necessary, will go on,” Johnson told reporters here on Friday.

He said the situation at the Kabul airport, where thousands of Afghans gathered in hopes of boarding an evacuation flight, was getting “slightly better” and he saw “stabilisation”.

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