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The Wall Street Journal: Taliban set to allow some 200 Americans and other Western passport holders to fly from Kabul to Qatar

KABUL — Afghanistan’s Taliban authorities are allowing some 200 Americans, U.S. permanent residents and holders of other Western passports to leave the country on a flight to Qatar scheduled for Thursday, the first such departure by air since U.S. forces withdrew last month, Qatari and American officials said.

Context: U.S. has capacity to evacuate remaining Americans from Afghanistan, officials say

A Qatar Airways Boeing 777 landed in Kabul on Thursday afternoon, marking the resumption of international passenger operations at the Afghan capital’s Hamid Karzai International Airport. Guarded by a squad of Qatari special forces, it was expected to depart later in the day.

The flight will be followed by daily air links to foreign countries, a senior Qatari official said.

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