The Canadian authorities has pledged to evacuate and resettle 20,000 Afghans, together with ladies, support staff and diplomatic workers, citing considerations about Taliban reprisals because the militant group overruns cities throughout Afghanistan.
Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino introduced the transfer on Friday, telling reporters that Ottawa would do its greatest to deliver hundreds of susceptible Afghans to security in Canada, although gave no timetable for a way lengthy that would take.
“Because the Taliban continues to take over extra of Afghanistan, many extra Afghans’ lives are underneath rising menace,” he stated, later sharing a photograph of a aircraft carrying refugees that landed in Canada.
We are going to hold working as onerous as we are able to to get as many Afghans to security as doable.
One other aircraft arrived as we speak, bringing extra Afghans to security in ??.
It’s an excellent feeling to see them land right here, and breathe a sigh of aid as they begin their new lives.
We are going to hold working as onerous as we are able to to get as many Afghans to security as doable. pic.twitter.com/gHElPRLjxi
— Marco Mendicino (@marcomendicino) August 13, 2021
Protection Minister Harjit Sajjan additionally famous that Canadian particular forces would assist to relocate Afghans, saying the “challenges on the bottom are fairly immense,” however supplied few different particulars. His feedback adopted a sequence of reviews on Thursday night time that the federal government would ship a small contingent of particular operators to the Canadian Embassy to help with the evacuation of workers, although the officers cited didn’t present precise numbers for the deployment.
Canada is much from the one western state to take away personnel from the struggle torn nation, with the US, UK, Germany, Denmark, Norway and others additionally saying drawdowns of embassy staff and different civilians. The way forward for many Afghans who labored alongside these governments stays unclear, nevertheless, as some nations haven’t but prolonged provides to assist relocate them.
The fast evacuations come because the Taliban continues a devastating blitz throughout Afghanistan, seizing greater than a dozen provincial capitals within the final week or so, with the most important cities of Kandahar, Herat and Lashkar Gah among the many newest to fall. With the seize of Pol-e Alam on Friday, capital of Logar province, the militant group is now simply 30 miles (50km) from the nationwide capital of Kabul, elevating fears fighters might quickly advance on the town.
An intelligence evaluation offered to Reuters by an unnamed US official earlier this week prompt the Taliban might “isolate” Kabul inside 30 days, and overrun the town within the house of three months. Although the White Home was dismissive of that report, saying it will not depend on “nameless assessments” and that no final result was “inevitable,” the Taliban’s latest positive aspects might drive officers to recalculate.
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