Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau and Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan both say Canadian troops will be out of Afghanistan within days. That gives the United States time to wrap up its presence in the country for the first time in 20 years. No one is saying exactly when Canada will end its rescue mission in Kabul, but Foreign Minister Marc Garneau says it’s a race against time as the Taliban tightens its grip. Garneau says Canada will maintain contact in the coming weeks and months with Afghans who are left behind, but didn’t provide details.
The situation in Afghanistan is said to be deteriorating hourly, with US Intelligence warning Americans to stay clear of Kabul airport due to an unspecified threat. Now, France’s prime minister has announced his country will no longer be able to conduct evacuation missions after Friday night, citing the upcoming American withdrawal on August 31st. Since the rescue operation began last week, more than two-thousand Afghans and a hundred French people have been evacuated from Afghanistan.
Tonight I got a call from someone working on the Afghanistan evac who has been involved in many difficult security and diplomatic operations. He was in tears. He told me those working on the evac are devastated by how many will be left behind “it didn’t have to be like this”
— Mercedes Stephenson (@MercedesGlobal) August 26, 2021
Among the last Canadian relief flights, RCAF C-17s RACER 27 and RACER 28 prepare to pass each other transporting evacuees from Kabul to Kuwait pic.twitter.com/1F8dM0QEps
— 𝘽𝙧𝙮𝙖𝙣 𝙋𝙖𝙨𝙨𝙞𝙛𝙞𝙪𝙢𝙚 (@BryanPassifiume) August 25, 2021
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