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Taliban urged to allow fleeing Afghans safe passage

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Kabul (AFP) – Taliban fighters manned checkpoints around Kabul’s airport on Thursday as concerns built they were blocking Afghans from reaching evacuation flights, with the United States demanding safe passage. Tens of thousands of people have tried to flee Afghanistan since the hardline Islamist militants swept into the capital on Sunday, completing a stunning rout of government forces and ending two decades of war. Taliban leaders have in recent days repeatedly vowed not to seek revenge against their opponents, while seeking to project an image of tolerance. They have also sort to portray gr…

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