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Another message read: "Comrade, with whom I had the most and most unforgettable memories, his loss is a great sorrow for me and unspeakable.” Afghanistan's assistant manager Ali Askar Lali said: "May his soul rest in peace and his memory be remembered." Several stowaways fleeing the Taliban fell from the plane when it took off in Kabul, as shown in horrific footage. πŸ”΅ Read our Afghanistan live blog for the latest updates In a bid to flee what they fear will be a return to the Taliban's brutal rule based on an extreme interpretation of Islam, people raced to the airport in a frantic bid to board flights on Monday. In chaotic scenes echoing the fall of Saigon at the end of the Vietnam war, petrified men, women and children were filmed trying to get on aircraft after the feared Taliban stormed the capital. With civilian flights suspended, many turned US Air Force aircraft to try get out of the country while they were operating. Hundreds attempted to climb aboard the C-17 which fled with hundreds of refugees 7 Hundreds attempted to climb aboard the C-17 which fled with hundreds of refugeesCredit: East2West Video taken from on board the plane as it taxied down the runway for takeoff 7 Video taken from on board the plane as it taxied down the runway for takeoffCredit: East2West Pictures show someone falling from the C-17 as it takes off from Kabul 7 Pictures show someone falling from the C-17 as it takes off from KabulCredit: East2West Harrowing video shows stowaways falling several hundred feet to their deaths after being thrown from a C-17 transport aircraft taking off from Kabul airport. Other images taken from the ground show stowaways clinging to the plane as it took off. At one stage, US Apache helicopter gunships were brought in to clear a path for the transport planes, swooping low to disperse people massed on the runway and firing warning shots. One witness said he had seen the bodies of five people being taken to a vehicle at the airport. American troops guarding the airport were forced to fire shots into the air but it's unclear if those who died were hit by bullets or crushed in the stampede. Dozens were later reportedly treated for gunshot wounds at a hospital in Kabul. CRUSHED TO DEATH It appears one individual - reported to be Zaki - became trapped in a panel that is part of the landing gear mechanism and which closes when the wheels are retracted. The discovery was made when the crew struggled to close the landing gear and then made an emergency landing in Qatar. Horror footage showed human remains being buffeted by the wind as they hung from the aircraft's fuselage near the landing gear. And in another video, a group of men can be seen riding on top of the wheel bay as the plane taxis along the runway. Across Afghanistan, the International Committee of the Red Cross said thousands had been wounded in recent fighting as the Taliban took control of Afghanistan on Sunday. Taliban fighters have seized control of Afghanistan 7 Taliban fighters have seized control of AfghanistanCredit: AP Horrific pictures show the violence outside Kabul airport 7 Horrific pictures show the violence outside Kabul airportCredit: Los Angeles Times / Polaris Timeline of Taliban victory THE Taliban surged to victory quicker than anyone expected... April 14 - President Joe Biden announces US troops will withdraw from Afghanistan starting on May 1 and ending on September 11.May 4 - Taliban fighters launch a major offensive on Afghan forces in southern Helmand and at least six other provinces.June 7 - Government officials say fighting is raging in 26 of the country's 34 provinces.June 22 - Taliban fighters launch a series of attacks in the north of the country, far from their traditional strongholds in the south.July 2 - American troops quietly pull out of their main military base in Afghanistan - Bagram Air Base, ending US involvement in the war.July 21 - Taliban insurgents control about a half of the country's districts, according to the senior US general, underlining the scale and speed of their advance.July 25 - US vows to continue to support Afghan troops "in the coming weeks" with intensified airstrikes to help them counter Taliban attacks.July 26 - The United Nations says nearly 2,400 Afghan civilians were killed or wounded in May and June in escalating violence, the highest number for those months since records started in 2009.August 6 - Zaranj in the south of the country becomes the first provincial capital to fall to the Taliban in years and many more the ensuing days, including the prized city of Kunduz in the north.August 13 - Four more provincial capitals fall in a day, including Kandahar, the country's second city and spiritual home of the Taliban. In the west, another key city, Herat, is overrun.August 14 - The Taliban take the major northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif and, with little resistance, Pul-e-Alam, capital of Logar province just 40 miles south of Kabul.August 15 - The Taliban take the key eastern city of Jalalabad without a fight, effectively surrounding Kabul.August 16 - The world watches on as the West desperately tries to evacuate its citizens as the Taliban seize power in Afghanistan. US President Joe Biden has been widely condemned for what is being seen as the US's biggest foreign policy failure since the Vietnam War. American forces hastily retreated from the country which they had spent 20 years propping up after the invasion following the September 11 attacks in 2001. However, their withdrawal saw the Afghan armed forces collapse and totally fold in a matter of weeks to the advancing Taliban. It is feared the Taliban are going to bring back the brutality which gave them infamy when they ruled Afghanistan in the 90s - including brutal torture and executions. Taliban bosses have insisted they will be more moderate and have promised an amnesty to anyone who supported the West. However, disturbing reports have already emerged of "kill lists" being drawn up with names of Western allies. And there are claims that girls as young as 12 are being targeted for forced marriages - with pictures already showing photos of women on shop fronts are being painted over. Desperate refugees continue to crowd round Kabul airport as they beg the remaining British and American soldiers to let them go with them - including throwing babies over barbed wire. MPs yesterday from both the Tories and Labour criticised the government's handling of Afghanistan, accusing them of abandoning their allies. Foreign secretary Dominic Raab is facing calls to resign after it emerged he allegedly "declined" to answer a call about Afghanistan while on holiday in Crete. Play Video Air traffic controller's astonishing reaction to learning 800 Afghanis were crammed into US cargo plane

Another message read: "Comrade, with whom I had the most and most unforgettable memories, his loss is a great sorrow for me and unspeakable.”  Afghanistan's assistant manager Ali Askar Lali said: "May his soul rest in peace and his memory be remembered."  Several stowaways fleeing the Taliban  fell from the plane when it took off in Kabul, as shown in horrific footage.   πŸ”΅ Read our Afghanistan live blog for the latest updates  In a bid to flee what they fear will be a return to the Taliban's brutal rule based on an extreme interpretation of Islam, people raced to the airport in a frantic bid to board flights on Monday.  In chaotic scenes echoing the fall of Saigon at the end of the Vietnam war, petrified men, women and children were filmed trying to get on aircraft after the feared Taliban stormed the capital.  With civilian flights suspended, many turned US Air Force aircraft to try get out of the country while they were operating.  Hundreds attempted to climb aboard the C-17 which fled with hundreds of refugees 7 Hundreds attempted to climb aboard the C-17 which fled with hundreds of refugeesCredit: East2West Video taken from on board the plane as it taxied down the runway for takeoff 7 Video taken from on board the plane as it taxied down the runway for takeoffCredit: East2West Pictures show someone falling from the C-17 as it takes off from Kabul 7 Pictures show someone falling from the C-17 as it takes off from KabulCredit: East2West Harrowing video shows stowaways falling several hundred feet to their deaths after being thrown from a C-17 transport aircraft taking off from Kabul airport.  Other images taken from the ground show stowaways clinging to the plane as it took off.  At one stage, US Apache helicopter gunships were brought in to clear a path for the transport planes, swooping low to disperse people massed on the runway and firing warning shots.  One witness said he had seen the bodies of five people being taken to a vehicle at the airport.  American troops guarding the airport were forced to fire shots into the air but it's unclear if those who died were hit by bullets or crushed in the stampede.  Dozens were later reportedly treated for gunshot wounds at a hospital in Kabul.  CRUSHED TO DEATH It appears one individual - reported to be Zaki - became trapped in a panel that is part of the landing gear mechanism and which closes when the wheels are retracted.  The discovery was made when the crew struggled to close the landing gear and then made an emergency landing in Qatar.  Horror footage showed human remains being buffeted by the wind as they hung from the aircraft's fuselage near the landing gear.  And in another video, a group of men can be seen riding on top of the wheel bay as the plane taxis along the runway.  Across Afghanistan, the International Committee of the Red Cross said thousands had been wounded in recent fighting as the Taliban took control of Afghanistan on Sunday.  Taliban fighters have seized control of Afghanistan 7 Taliban fighters have seized control of AfghanistanCredit: AP Horrific pictures show the violence outside Kabul airport 7 Horrific pictures show the violence outside Kabul airportCredit: Los Angeles Times / Polaris Timeline of Taliban victory THE Taliban surged to victory quicker than anyone expected... April 14 - President Joe Biden announces US troops will withdraw from Afghanistan starting on May 1 and ending on September 11.May 4 - Taliban fighters launch a major offensive on Afghan forces in southern Helmand and at least six other provinces.June 7 - Government officials say fighting is raging in 26 of the country's 34 provinces.June 22 - Taliban fighters launch a series of attacks in the north of the country, far from their traditional strongholds in the south.July 2 - American troops quietly pull out of their main military base in Afghanistan - Bagram Air Base, ending US involvement in the war.July 21 - Taliban insurgents control about a half of the country's districts, according to the senior US general, underlining the scale and speed of their advance.July 25 - US vows to continue to support Afghan troops "in the coming weeks" with intensified airstrikes to help them counter Taliban attacks.July 26 - The United Nations says nearly 2,400 Afghan civilians were killed or wounded in May and June in escalating violence, the highest number for those months since records started in 2009.August 6 - Zaranj in the south of the country becomes the first provincial capital to fall to the Taliban in years and many more the ensuing days, including the prized city of Kunduz in the north.August 13 - Four more provincial capitals fall in a day, including Kandahar, the country's second city and spiritual home of the Taliban. In the west, another key city, Herat, is overrun.August 14 - The Taliban take the major northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif and, with little resistance, Pul-e-Alam, capital of Logar province just 40 miles south of Kabul.August 15 - The Taliban take the key eastern city of Jalalabad without a fight, effectively surrounding Kabul.August 16 - The world watches on as the West desperately tries to evacuate its citizens as the Taliban seize power in Afghanistan. US President Joe Biden has been widely condemned for what is being seen as the US's biggest foreign policy failure since the Vietnam War.  American forces hastily retreated from the country which they had spent 20 years propping up after the invasion following the September 11 attacks in 2001.  However, their withdrawal saw the Afghan armed forces collapse and totally fold in a matter of weeks to the advancing Taliban.  It is feared the Taliban are going to bring back the brutality which gave them infamy when they ruled Afghanistan in the 90s - including brutal torture and executions.  Taliban bosses have insisted they will be more moderate and have promised an amnesty to anyone who supported the West.  However, disturbing reports have already emerged of "kill lists" being drawn up with names of Western allies.  And there are claims that girls as young as 12 are being targeted for forced marriages - with pictures already showing photos of women on shop fronts are being painted over.  Desperate refugees continue to crowd round Kabul airport as they beg the remaining British and American soldiers to let them go with them - including throwing babies over barbed wire.  MPs yesterday from both the Tories and Labour criticised the government's handling of Afghanistan, accusing them of abandoning their allies.  Foreign secretary Dominic Raab is facing calls to resign after it emerged he allegedly "declined" to answer a call about Afghanistan while on holiday in Crete.  Play Video Air traffic controller's astonishing reaction to learning 800 Afghanis were crammed into US cargo plane

 DESPERATE mothers have been throwing babies over razor wire at a compound at Kabul airport as they begged British paratroopers to take them to safety. 

The horrifying scenes come as the merciless Taliban have been beating women and gunning down unarmed protesters. 

A soldier grips a child as parents try to get their child out of the country
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A soldier grips a child as parents try to get their child out of the countryCredit: Sky News
An Afghan child sleeps on the cargo floor of an evacuation plane and is kept warm by the uniform of the C-17 loadmaster
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An Afghan child sleeps on the cargo floor of an evacuation plane and is kept warm by the uniform of the C-17 loadmaster
A Taliban fighter grins as his comrades show their true face with brutality unleashed against demonstrators
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A Taliban fighter grins as his comrades show their true face with brutality unleashed against demonstratorsCredit: AP

The entrance to the Baron hotel, near Kabul airport, has become the focal point for Afghans seeking refuge in the UK.

It is guarded by Parachute Regiment troops.

One officer told the Independent: "The mothers were desperate, they were getting beaten by the Taliban. 

"They shouted, ‘save my baby’ and threw the babies at us.

"Some of the babies fell on the barbed wire. It was awful what happened.

"By the end of the night there wasn’t one man among us who was not crying."A heart-breaking video has emerged appearing to show desperate Afghans try to hoist a baby over barbed wire at the airport where American troops are stationed.

Meanwhile, the Taliban showed its true colours today as its thugs killed protesters, whipped crowds and tarred suspected looters.

At least three people were killed and six were seriously injured when militants opened fire in the city of Jalalabad in eastern Afghanistan.

πŸ”΅ Read our Afghanistan live blog for the latest updates

Protesters had poured onto the streets to demand the fanatics ditch their white flag and keep the country’s tricolour.

A journalist who raised the Afghan national flag in defiance was shot dead in cold blood by the jihadists, along with two other demonstrators.

In Kabul, the militants beat back crowds desperate to reach the capital’s airport, where thousands of people are being evacuated in US and UK airlifts.

Some of the babies fell on the barbed wire. It was awful what happened.

British Officer

Harrowing footage there showed children squashed against the airport perimeter begging to be let in while adults tried to pass babies over the fence.

Other footage from the capital showed an alleged car thief with his face covered in tar, tied to the back of a truck and his hands behind his back as people watched on helplessly.

The British ambassador Sir Laurie Bristow said around 700 people flew out in the emergency British airlift on Tuesday.

Terrified parents pass around a baby at the compound outside Kabul Airport
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Terrified parents pass around a baby at the compound outside Kabul Airport
A desperate woman begs to evacuated as the Taliban beat civilians
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A desperate woman begs to evacuated as the Taliban beat civilians
Taliban fighters patrolled the streets in Kabul today
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Taliban fighters patrolled the streets in Kabul todayCredit: AP
A young victim in Jalalabad tried to fend off a beating from a fanatic
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A young victim in Jalalabad tried to fend off a beating from a fanaticCredit: Twitter
A boy was distraught after militants beat back families at Kabul airport
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A boy was distraught after militants beat back families at Kabul airportCredit: Los Angeles Times / Polaris

He added: “We are trying to scale up the speed and pace over the next couple of days. We will put everything we can on this, trying to get out everyone who we need to get to safety as soon as we can.”

Every available RAF cargo plane has been diverted to support the airlift mission — but planes are taking off half empty because British troops and diplomats do not have the capacity to process desperate visa applicants.

The UK has evacuated around 1,200 from Kabul so far — including 300 Brits and 900 Afghans resettled via the ARAP asylum scheme.

The Taliban’s spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid insisted the group had issued a blanket amnesty and would seek no revenge against their enemies.

He also said women could work if it was in accordance with Islam.

A resident in Kabul told The Sun: “We want to believe that the Taliban have changed. But we fear this is just the beginning.”

Flag protests also broke out in eastern Kunar and Khost provinces as the country prepares to mark the anniversary of its independence from the British today.

Exiled president Ashraf Ghani was accused of stealing £123million as he fled the country.

His man in Tajikistan — Ambasador Mohammad Zahir Aghbar — accused him of betrayal and vowed to report him to Interpol.

'RISK OF EXECUTION'

Mr Ghani, who fled to the UAE, said he risked being castrated and hanged by the Taliban if he stayed — like Communist President Najibullah in 1994.

Meanwhile, MPs have warned that brave Afghans fleeing the Taliban risk being “executed” if Britain waits years to give them refuge. They savaged Boris Johnson for only taking 5,000 this year.

He has offered sanctuary to 20,000 over five years.

But MPs from all sides urged the PM to make the resettlement scheme as generous as possible.

Labour MP Chris Bryant raged: “What are the 15,000 to do? Hang around and wait until they’ve been executed?”

Tory MP Alicia Kearns suggested a scheme that allowed Brits to open their homes to people fleeing the Taliban.

She said: “I call for the Government to consider creating an initiative that allows British nationals to open their homes, their spare bedrooms, their second homes, to these Afghans, similar to the private sponsorship route that already exists, because the British people want to step up and help.”

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer said the target for 20,000 Afghans over the coming years “falls way short” given Britain’s 20-year presence on the ground.

He added: “The scheme must be far more ambitious, generous, and swift to help the Afghan citizens that it has abandoned and left at serious risk of persecution, and indeed death.”

Mother of the House Harriet Harman added ministers need to make “a realistic and generous assessment of the scale of the need and to work with all local authorities that want to play their part in giving a warm welcome to those who are fleeing”.

Tory Johnny Mercer described it as “a good start.” But he warned: “The reality is — this is basic maths — that we will not get out of Afghanistan all those whom we promised to get out.”

British citizens who fled this week say they feel “immensely lucky” to have escaped as Afghan families still strive to find a way out after the Taliban takeover.

Kitty Chevallier, 24, of Basingstoke, Hants, left Kabul via a UK evacuation flight on Monday.

She had been working in the capital since September 2020 with Afghanaid, a UK-registered charity that champions women’s rights and provides clean water and sanitation.

She said: “As we drove there at 4am, the runways were crowded with hundreds of Afghan families hoping to get out somehow. I’m very aware how immensely lucky I was to get helped out of the country.”

She added: “The real tragedy is being in touch with Afghan colleagues and friends, for whom the chances of leaving the country are far, far smaller, and who have so much more to lose.”

Barbaric punishment was dished out over a stolen car allegation
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Barbaric punishment was dished out over a stolen car allegation
Men tried to help an injured female after violence erupted at an airport
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Men tried to help an injured female after violence erupted at an airportCredit: Eyevine
Taliban spokesman Mujahid previously promised that their 'enemies' wouldn't be harmed
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Taliban spokesman Mujahid previously promised that their 'enemies' wouldn't be harmedCredit: Getty

'Joke' Biden blasted

By Jerome Starkey

BRITAIN’S top warrior slammed President “Joke” Biden for abandoning Afghanistan to its fate.

The US decision to cut and run shattered the Afghan army’s morale and led to its collapse, General Sir Nick Carter, right, fumed.

He said frontline troops felt deserted after years of fighting bravely — and he rebuked the US President for claiming Afghan troops were cowards.

The Chief of Defence Staff said: “Morale just collapsed.

“The exit of US forces and particularly US air power came as a significant shock and I don’t think any of us realised the extent to which that undermined their morale.” The Taliban swept to power in a ten-day advance.

As the country plunged into chaos President Biden accused brave Afghan soldiers for lacking the will to fight.

But in a stark rebuke, Gen Carter responded: “One has to be careful about saying they simply didn’t fight.

“One has to look back on how well they fought between 2014 and April of this year.”

Afghans begin fighting back with Taliban flags torn down by angry crowds

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