Yesterday, a spokesman for the Taliban announced that the militant group would no longer permit Afghan nationals to leave.
“They [the Americans] have the opportunity, they have all the resources, they can take all the people that belong to them but we are not going to allow Afghans to leave and we will not extend the deadline,” said Zabihullah Mujahid. “The way to the airport has been closed now. Afghans are not allowed to go there now, foreigners are allowed to go but we have stopped Afghan nationals to go because the crowd is more, there is danger that people will lose their lives, there might be a stampede.”
This follows an earlier announcement that an extension beyond the “red line” August 31 deadline to leave Afghanistan would have “consequences.”