US officials on the condition of anonymity have told Reuters that the Taliban have agreed to allow up to 200 US citizens and citizens of other countries to fly from Hamid Karzai International Airport HKIA based in Kabul.

The foreign civilians are said to be flown out in a chartered plane from the Afghan capital on Thursday, September 9.

After the completion of the evacuation by the US and their full withdrawal on August 31, the Taliban banned international flights from Afghanistan and said that those with the documents can fly out after their cabinet is announced.

Source has told Reuters that the permission from the Taliban was taken by the mediation of Zalmay Khalilzad but has not said whether the 200 people are those prevented to fly out from Mazar-e-sharif.

Earlier, reports were that the Taliban have not allowed up to one thousand foreign people and Afghans to fly from Mazar-e-sharif airport in northern Balkh province.

The Taliban officials had argued that the passengers were not allowed for not having legal travel documents.

US secretary of state Antonio Blinken has also denied US citizens being prevented to fly out and added that the Taliban have stopped those who did not have legal travel documents.


  • Najibullah Lalzoy is a journalist and editor at Khaama Press. He has a BA degree in journalism.