The Fall of Kabul
2 days ago at least 3 people died, 10 were injured in a helicopter crash in the suburbs of Kabul, in Deh Sabz district — the ’Pajvak’ news agency reported. According to the residents, it could have been an American helicopter. On Sunday, the Taliban entered Kabul and took over the city. The Afghan President Ashraf Ghani resigned and left the country.
The Taliban announced on Tuesday that they will suspend all the flights from the international airport in the capital of Afghanistan — the ’Sky News Arabia’ TV reported. The ’Al Jazeera’ TV reported that the Taliban forces approached the Kabul airport. Some Taliban fighters went inside the building. The Taliban fired several times in the air in order to disperse the people, gathered inside the airport. According to a spokesman for a local service — «The Kabul airport will be re-opened to civilians on Saturday». All the commercial flights from the airport were canceled. The transit aircraft were suggested to change their course.
3 US bases are ready to host up to 22,000 Afghan refugees in the coming weeks — the US presidential spokesman John Kirby stated. The USA believe that they will be able to transport from 5,000 to 9,000 people a day from Kabul.
At 11:18 AM, an Il-112V military transport aircraft crashed during a training flight near the Kubinka airfield. The crew, according to the preliminary data, died. Investigators are conducting an investigation of the circumstances. According to the official information, there were 3 crewmembers on board. The commander was Nikolai Kuimov, an Honored Test Pilot and a Hero of Russia. Last week, the plane flew from Voronezh to Zhukovsky, near Moscow, to prepare for the participation in the military-technical forum ’’ARMY 2021’’.
Terrorist groups launched a rocket attack in the Al-Rabia area in north of the Latakia province, which led to a fire in the Jebal al-Zahiya area. Employees of the Forestry Administration, and the Syrian servicemen, are fighting the fire, which erupted when the shells, fired by the terrorists, exploded in the area. The Syrian news agency SANA reported that there were 2 centers of the forest fires.
While speaking on Tuesday in front of teachers and students of the Baltic Federal University, named after Immanuel Kant, the Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov stated that Moscow is ready to resume the contacts with Brussels. He explained that, in particular, the parties are engaged in a dialogue on a settlement in the Middle East, and on Libya. According to him — “The EU takes the following position regarding the Balkans: ’this is our territory, no need to touch it, we don’t want to see Russia here» — end of quote. Sergey Lavrov added that some EU politicians don’t understand that such political line is a dead end. ’’A very aggressive Russophobic minority leads the charge in there»- the TASS news agency quoted his words.
Constantine Reztsov, specially for the ANNA NEWS