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2021-09-15 Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia
US says nearly 500 Afghan citizens evacuated from Uzbekistan
[AlAhram] Uzbekistan had mostly withheld comment on the number and status of the refugees as it looked to cultivate ties with the Taliban
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The United States said Tuesday it had evacuated nearly 500 "military and civilian" Afghans from Uzbekistan, while the ex-Soviet country declared there were now no Afghan refugees on its territory.

The days leading up to the Taliban's capture of Kabul caused scenes of chaos in Afghanistan's Central Asian neighbours Uzbekistan and Tajikistan, as soldiers loyal to the crumbling government fled over state borders in military aircraft.

But a US embassy front man told AFP Tuesday it had evacuated 494 "military and civilian" Afghans out of Uzbekistan's southern Termez airport with the Uzbek government's help.

"The evacuation was completed September 12-13," the front man told AFP by telephone, making no comment on the final destination of the refugees.

Uzbek foreign ministry front man Yusup Kabulzhanov on Monday confirmed the evacuation in comments to the privately-owned Kun.uz outlet.

"All Afghan refugees have left the territory of Uzbekistan", he said, without giving figures.

A staffer at Afghanistan's embassy told AFP last month that up to 1,500 Afghans might have crossed into Uzbekistan illegally after the Taliban secured control of the northern stronghold Mazar-e-Sharif in mid-August and began beating a path towards Kabul.

In a rare statement on the refugees in August, Uzbekistan said it had returned 150 people to Afghanistan at their own request and following talks with the Taliban to guarantee their safety.

Tajikistan, which has eschewed official contacts with the Taliban, has been similarly secretive about the number of refugees it has taken in.

The European Union
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's delegation in the country said on Tuesday that it was providing 160,000 Euros in humanitarian aid funding "to benefit up to 5,000 displaced Afghans" in two Tajik provinces bordering Afghanistan.

The EU statement cited the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) as saying that "up to 50,000 refugees could be registered in Tajikistan after the total withdrawal of American and NATO
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troops by the end of 2021".

The statement comes after Interior Minister Ramazon Hamro Rahimzoda earlier this month criticised international donors for failing to help Tajikistan house refugees.

Afghanistan is set to dominate discussions at the summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation -- a bloc that includes four ex-Soviet Central Asian countries, China, India, Pakistain and Russia -- hosted by Tajikistan this week.
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#1 Tony Blinken Confirms Child Brides Evacuated with Older Men from Afghanistan
Posted by Skidmark 2021-09-15 07:21||   2021-09-15 07:21|| Front Page Top

#2 Haven't our embassies been flying the rainbow-ped0 flag for half a year now?

Didn't we insist on creating a Gender Studues program at Kabul University?

Why would Tiny Blinken, the Snagglepuss at Stare, have a problem with ped0philia?
Posted by Fat Bob Squank3500 2021-09-15 07:28||   2021-09-15 07:28|| Front Page Top

#3 /\ Why would Tiny Blinken, the Snagglepuss at State, have a problem with ped0philia?

Ped0philia a problem? Is the memory hole no longer functioning? Has Ghislaine Marion Maxwell expired from COVID and no one noticed ?

Posted by Besoeker 2021-09-15 07:42||   2021-09-15 07:42|| Front Page Top

#4 why are we evacuating Afghan citizens from Uzbekistan?
Posted by Chris 2021-09-15 09:21||   2021-09-15 09:21|| Front Page Top

#5 Something about the mail-in ballots not making it back from there...
Posted by M. Murcek 2021-09-15 09:23||   2021-09-15 09:23|| Front Page Top

#6  why are we evacuating Afghan citizens from Uzbekistan?

Holding pen, Chris. They were temporarily cached there, among other garden spots, so the airplanes could turn around more quickly to pick up the next load from Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul. Also, it gives the State Department more time to figure out who among the passengers should never have been allowed on the airplane or into the U.S.
Posted by trailing wife 2021-09-15 19:46||   2021-09-15 19:46|| Front Page Top

#7 ^ "Do you swear to vote Democrat?"
Posted by Frank G 2021-09-15 19:52||   2021-09-15 19:52|| Front Page Top

#8 it gives the State Department more time to figure out who among the passengers should never have been allowed on the airplane or into the U.S.

I would take that as Snark of the Day! Pity the Dept of State didn't spend less time on gayness and more on evacuation logistics.
Posted by SteveS 2021-09-15 19:59||   2021-09-15 19:59|| Front Page Top

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