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Explosions at Kabul airport may impede Japan’s evacuation operation

  • August 27, 2021
  • , Asahi, Sankei
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Asahi reported that the explosions that took place outside Hamid Karzai Airport in Kabul on Thursday are likely to have a serious impact on Japan’s ongoing plan to evacuate its embassy’s local staff members and their family members, quoting an unnamed GOJ source as saying: “In the worst-case scenario, the SDF may have to be recalled. This is an extremely troubling situation.” According to Asahi and Sankei, the GOJ had assumed that the airlift would have to be carried out on Thursday and Friday given the Aug. 31 deadline for the U.S. military drawdown. The SDF’s ASDF C-2 and C-130 aircraft flew into Kabul on Wednesday and Thursday, respectively, but had to return to Islamabad “empty-handed” since the evacuees were not at the airport. While the GOJ has reportedly asked the Taliban to allow these local Afghan staff members to pass through the checkpoints leading to the airport, it remains uncertain whether it will do so. The GOJ has reportedly arranged buses to shuttle the evacuees from central Kabul and secured landing slots at the airport for several flights. Some 10 MOFA and MOD officials are currently at the airport to assist the operation in coordination with the U.S. military.

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