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Kabul airport suffered damages worth millions of dollars during US withdrawal

American forces damaged airport terminal, radar system, aircraft, vehicles, says acting head of Kabul airport

Sayed Khodaiberdi Sadat and Bilal Guler   | 15.09.2021
Kabul airport suffered damages worth millions of dollars during US withdrawal

KABUL, Afghanistan 

Afghanistan’s Hamid Karzai International Airport in capital Kabul suffered damages worth millions of dollars during the withdrawal of US forces on Aug. 31, said a Taliban administration official.

Mawlavi Abdul Hadi Hamadan, acting head of Kabul airport, told Anadolu Agency that the damage to the airport terminal alone is worth $1 million.

“Radar system, as well as some aircraft and vehicles at the airport were also damaged. If a full damage assessment is done, it will be in millions of dollars,” he said.

Before leaving, the US forces caused extensive damage to the technical area of the airport and in the terminal, and they did not spare even small commodities such as chairs, seats, TV sets, and computers in the airport halls, according to Hamadan.

Technical problems at the airport's domestic terminal have been resolved and domestic flights resumed, he added.

Hamadan emphasized that planes from different countries started arriving at Kabul airport, adding that recently planes from Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Pakistan, and Bahrain brought humanitarian aid to the Afghan people.

“Efforts are continuing to start international flights and solve the problems of Afghan people and foreigners in the country,” he added.

Once the international flights resume, the new Taliban administration would establish good diplomatic, political, and economic relations with the world.

The Taliban took over the war-torn country mid-August, and last week announced a 33-member interim Cabinet.

*Writing by Jeyhun Aliyev from Ankara


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