European countries scramble to rescue staff as Taliban takes Afghanistan

EU countries are scrambling to rescue their citizens and staff working in Afghanistan after Taliban militants took power in the country, forcing the president to flee Sunday.

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas announced late Sunday his country would be sending Bundeswehr military aircraft overnight to help evacuate people, first to a neighboring country and then to Germany.

Maas said embassy staff are currently in a secure location at Kabul airport and that Berlin will do “everything in our power” to help German citizens and former local Afghan support staff leave in the coming days. But he also added: “The conditions under which this can happen are however difficult to

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