Afghanistan: Taliban begins outlining how it will govern - as evacuation drive steps up

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The Taliban has begun to set out how it plans to run Afghanistan after its takeover, saying former government experts will be brought in and fighters will continue to demonstrate restraint.

A Taliban official outlined on Saturday morning how separate teams will deal with internal security and the financial crisis that is set to impact the country.

It comes as the UK races to help its own citizens and Afghans who have worked with the British flee the country after US President Joe Biden indicated rescue missions must be completed within 10 days.

The Taliban official said Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the Taliban's political leader, will delegate responsibility to commanders and meet former leaders, local militia commanders, policy makers and religious scholars in the coming days.

"Our fighters will continue to demonstrate restraint," the official added.

He said no foreigners were being kidnapped, but the group was "questioning some of them before they exit the country".

US secretary of state Antony Blinken said that so far 13 countries had agreed to temporarily host at-risk Afghans evacuated from Afghanistan and another 12 had agreed to serve as transit points for evacuees - including Americans and others leaving Afghanistan - as they continue to ship thousands of people out of the country.

Tens of thousands of people in Afghanistan are waiting anxiously to see whether the US will deliver on Mr Biden's promise to evacuate all Americans and all Afghans who helped the war effort, with American helicopters picking up people from locations all around Kabul, beyond the chaotic airport and Taliban checkpoints.

Bahrain said it would allow rescue flights to use its facilities, after the US faced issues on Friday because its facilities at Qatari Al-Udeid Air Base rapidly filled up.

The United Arab Emirates also said it would host up to 5,000 Afghans before "their departure to other countries".

While increasing numbers of people are being able to depart via the Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, the scenes outside where thousands are waiting have been described by Sky correspondent Stuart Ramsay as among the most desperate yet.

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