About 200 Westerners, including Americans, fly out of Kabul

Khost, Afghanistan

US Base in Khost, near Afghanistan – Pakistan border (credit: Laura Goodgame/U.S. Air Force via MGN Image ID 478825)

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An estimated 200 foreigners, including Americans, have left Kabul on an international commercial flight, marking the first large-scale evacuation since U.S. and NATO forces left Afghanistan last week.

Their departure on Thursday represented a breakthrough in the bumpy coordination between the U.S. and Afghanistan’s new Taliban leaders. The Taliban have said they would let foreigners and Afghans with valid travel documents leave, but a dayslong standoff over charter planes at another airport had cast some doubt on those assurances.

The Qatar Airways flight is heading to Doha. A senior U.S. official said that Americans, U.S. green card holders and other nationalities, including Germans, Hungarians and Canadians, are on the flight.

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