Offbeat abandoned to their fate, Kabul airport dogs are preparing to resume
Taliban seizes control of Kabul as Afghan president flees
Afghanistan's embattled president has left the country, joining thousands of his fellow citizens and foreigners in a stampede fleeing the advancing Taliban and signalling the end of a 20-year Western experiment aimed at remaking the country.The Taliban swept into Afghanistan's capital today after the government collapsed and the embattled president joined an exodus of his fellow citizens and foreigners, signalling the end of a costly two-decade US campaign to remake the country.
Their fate had moved the defenders of animals: dozens of dogs from Kabul airport, who had been abandoned during chaotic evacuations organized after the return to power of the Taliban in Afghanistan, are preparing to resume service. Most quadrupeds, some of which are specialized in the search for explosives, have Found, according to their new masters, in the American army controlled airport section that left Afghanistan on August 30 after 20 years of presence in the country.
Relief and emotion as special charter flight leaves Afghanistan
For hours, passengers waited in the departure hall of the newly restored Kabul Airport, their flight -- the first to leave the Afghan capital since the US withdrawal was completed -- repeatedly delayed. Another passenger, an Afghan-American dual citizen who did not give his name for security reasons, said his family of six had tried several times to leave since the Taliban seized power. © WAKIL KOHSAR A Qatar Airways aircraft is reflected on the windowpanes of a shuttle bus carrying passengers to board the flight at the airport in Kabul on September 9, 2021 "We were not able to go through the checkpoints of the Taliban," he told AFP, adding that he
"When I saw (American soldiers leave), I came to save the dogs," says AFP Hewad Azizi, an employee of a company responsible for securing the airport. When he arrives on the spot, he finds 30, half of whom in the area controlled by the American forces. The others are in areas managed by the old Afghan security forces. All are now fed, neat and trained by Hewad Azizi and his colleagues at the premises of the training center of their company - two maritime containers who face the vast hangars used for many years by the US military. The fate of these dogs had been put forward at the end of August by the defense organization of the Peta animal cause that had accused the American administration of having abandoned several tens behind it. Peta had launched a solemn call to President Joe Biden in order to repatriate animals, evoking the fate of about sixty explosive sniffer dogs "sitting in cages on the airport tarmac" and another sixty specialty dogs "Locked in a kennel in a shed from the airport, suffering in the heat, without access satisfying to water or food".
Taliban begin entering Afghan capital Kabul from all sides after seizing city of Jalalabad
Afghan officials say the Taliban have entered Kabul, with diplomats evacuating the US embassy by helicopter, and forces at Bagram airbase, home to a prison housing thousands of Taliban and Islamic State inmates, surrendering to the insurgents.The senior official told Reuters the Taliban were coming in "from all sides" but gave no further details. There were no reports of fighting.
- Daily training - These charges had been immediately rejected by the Pentagon, who had assured that the photographs disseminated on social networks showed dogs placed in an Afghan animal refuge and not animals placed under the responsibility of the US military. "Unlike inaccurate information, the US military did not leave dogs in cages at Hamid Karzai International Airport, including no so-called military dogs," said John Kirby, the Pentagon spokesman . or not, the priority for Hewad Azizi and colleagues is now preparing the canine team with the next reopening of the airport.
How Kabul became an evacuation bottleneck and a prime terror target: The Last 96
How did Kabul fall to the Taliban so quickly, and why was it the only practical way out of Afghanistan?America’s war in Afghanistan ended in calamity. Around 120,000 people were evacuated from Kabul in just a matter of days, but the herculean, if chaotic effort made the airport a prime target for a terrorist attack that killed nearly 200, including 13 U.S. service members.
"We did training with them to see" what they knew how to do exactly, explains Mr. Azizi adding to realize that they were "explosive snifflers". His favorite? Rex, a dark brown malinois, that he takes every day walk, a few meters from three old aircraft of the Afghan Air Force. On this small expanse of earth littered with sockets and sachets of empty American food rations, it hides a box with the smell of explosives. A handful of seconds later, Rex returns with the box and receives, as a reward, a bullet with which to play. After two weeks of forced holidays, the canine team could soon resume service. For several days, the activity has slowly resumes its course on the airport tarmac. After two charter flights last week, a commercial flight from Islamabad asked Monday. A first since the country's control by the Taliban on August 15th. MAH / MEP / JF / LCH
Kabul airport women brave fears to return to work .
Less than a month after the Taliban rolled into the Afghan capital, Rabia Jamal made a tough decision -- she would brave the hardliners and return to work at the airport. With the Islamists saying women should stay at home for their own security the risks were all too clear, but the 35-year-old mother of three felt she had little choice. "I need money to support my family," said Rabia, wearing a navy-blue suit and make-up. "I felt tension atWith the Islamists saying women should stay at home for their own security the risks were all too clear, but the 35-year-old mother of three felt she had little choice.