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Afghanistan crisis LIVE updates: An IAF aircraft today left from Kabul to India carrying the Indian ambassador and other personnel as part of the emergency evacuation

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BS Web Team  | New Delhi 


crisis LIVE updates: United States President said on Monday the mission of the in was never supposed to be nation building as he defended his decision to pull out US troops from the country.

Afghanistan’s insurgents entered on Sunday after virtually surrounding the city from all sides. Word of their arrival spread like wildfire, and the city panicked. There were traffic snarls everywhere, and people rushed home to stock up on essentials, withdrawing money from banks. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani fled the country in the afternoon, as most western nations evacuated their embassies, or relocated them closer to the airport.

It was not yet clear where Ghani was headed or how power would be transferred following the militant Islamist group’s lighting sweep across that led back to the capital two decades after it was overthrown by US-led forces.

Meanwhile, India is gearing up to evacuate hundreds of its officials and citizens from . It is learnt that a fleet of C-17 Globemaster military transport aircraft of the Indian Air Force is kept on standby to undertake evacuation missions.

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First Published: Mon, August 16 2021. 16:39 IST