Saturday, October 16, 2021

Canadian special forces to help people working outside Kabul airport: officials

Ottawa: Canadian officials revealed on Monday that military special forces were operating outside the closed confines of Kabul’s chaotic airport to bring people out of Afghanistan.

Officials would not provide further details, citing the sensitivity of the security situation, but said they were finding success in providing security to more Afghans.

A Canadian C-17 Globemaster pulled out 436 people from Kabul airport on Sunday night, including Canadian citizens and family members, as well as Afghan nationals accepted for resettlement by Canada and its allies, he said. Up from 121 airlift a day ago.

“We have been able to bring a significant number of people into HKIA, which has been a significant improvement over the past few days,” said an official, using the acronym for Hamid Karzai International Airport.

“We have decided to disclose that Canadian Special Operations Forces are and will continue to operate outside HKIA’s borders.”

The official said special forces personnel are “working tirelessly” to get several Canadian citizens and eligible Afghans into waiting aircraft through security gates.

The revelations came during a briefing for journalists on Monday, which was given by three senior federal officials on the condition that they would not be named as per agreements for such background briefings.

Desperate Afghans, who previously worked as interpreters for Western military forces and news agencies, have been, among others, in hiding after being killed last week at the hands of Afghanistan’s Taliban and exposing them to violent retaliation. And for the safety of his family.

“Our military on the ground has all the necessary authority they think is necessary to save as many people as possible as quickly as possible,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said during a federal election campaign appearance in Halifax on Monday.

The crisis in Afghanistan came to the fore during the first week of the federal campaign. Trudeau said he would also take part in a virtual G7 meeting on Tuesday to discuss ways to deal with the crisis.

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“When our G-7 leaders meet soon, we will certainly talk about what else we can and should do,” Trudeau said.

This includes looking at what more can be done to help vulnerable Afghans, including women and children, as well as human rights activists, politicians, journalists and others who have been in the Taliban’s crosshairs for their democracy-building efforts over the past two decades. .

Trudeau said that while the government’s focus is on helping Canadian citizens and Afghans and their families in direct contact with Canada – a group that includes interpreters and other activists – he is interested in looking at ways to cast a wider net. .

“We are also very interested in activists and human rights leaders, journalists and those who have fought for and reformed the people in Afghanistan over the past several years. We know those people need to be brought to safety. And we We, along with our partners, will do everything we can for all categories,” Trudeau said.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is calling a meeting of the G7 leaders and saying that urgent talks are necessary.

Canadian officials had no immediate information on the number of women and children evacuated, including the latest flight. Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino said on Twitter that “many” of the 436 people on board the plane on Sunday night were children and that Canada has helped protect 1,500 Afghan refugees so far.

Canadian officials said the Afghans would eventually be resettled in Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia.

by Mike Blanchfield

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This News Originally From – The Epoch Times

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