/Kabul airport attack: Biden vows revenge for Afghanistan explosion that killed dozens as US forces brace for further attacks – live

Kabul airport attack: Biden vows revenge for Afghanistan explosion that killed dozens as US forces brace for further attacks – live


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Civilian death toll rises to 72 – Taliban official

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Foreign forces aiming to evacuate citizens, embassy employees by 30 August – Reuters


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The Australian government pulled its defence forces and other officials out of Kabul shortly before the suicide attacks that killed more than 60 Afghan civilians and 13 American military personnel.

The prime minister, Scott Morrison said the Australian defence force had “successfully evacuated some 4100 people from one of the most dangerous places on earth” since the operation began early last week.

The figure included more than 3200 Australians and Afghan nationals with Australian visas, while the remainder were people airlifted on behalf of Australia’s coalition partners.


Australian citizens and visa holders evacuees travel from Kabul to the Australian Defence Force’s main operating base in the Middle East onboard a Royal Australian Air Force C-17A Globemaster III aircraft.

Australian citizens and visa holders evacuees travel from Kabul to the Australian Defence Force’s main operating base in the Middle East onboard a Royal Australian Air Force C-17A Globemaster III aircraft. Photograph: SGT Glen McCarthy/Commonwealth of Australia, Department of Defence

But with the government confirming Australian airlift operations will not resume, it remains unclear how many Australians and Afghans with Australian visas left behind.

The end of Australia’s evacuation operations will be devastating for Afghans with connections to Australia who had earlier reported difficulties reaching or being accepted into the airport.

Guardian Australia understands 147 former Australian embassy guards and their families – about 1,000 people – are safe.

They had been waiting near the airport for five days, but reported being unable to gain admission despite having Australian travel documents – but are understood to have gone to a safe location prior to the attacks.

Throughout the week, guards who protected Australia’s former embassy in Kabul expressed fears they were running out of time to escape, with the Taliban threatening to close the road to the airport and regularly firing over crowds massing outside:


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On Friday morning, New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern announced New Zealand was ending further flights into Kabul, due to the ongoing threat of terrorist attacks. The announcement followed an attack at the airport on Thursday that killed least 60 Afghans and 13 US soldiers.

Australia has also ended its airlift. The US has said it would press on with evacuation efforts despite the attack.

Speaking at a press conference alongside the defence force, Ardern said the window for evacuating people “has now closed” with the attack.

Ardern did not know how many visa holders from Afghanistan were in the country, nor how many of those registered on SafeTravel managed to get out.

“But I can say, we know with absolute certainty, we did not get everyone out,” she said:


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The atrocity in Afghanistan dominates the front pages of newspapers in the UK and all over the world, with an image of two women left bloodied and bewildered by the attack chosen by many editors to illustrate the story.

The photograph taken by Wakil Khosar for Agence France-Presse is the main picture on the front of half a dozen UK papers, including the Guardian, which carries the headline “Carnage in Kabul: dozens killed in airport bombing”.

Here is a roundup of Friday morning’s front pages:


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Evacuations being sped up in response to attacks – Reuters

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