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U.S. says Taliban blocking flights out of Kabul

A Taliban soldier guards the airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Sunday. Associated Press/Photo by Wali Sabawoon

U.S. says Taliban blocking flights out of Kabul

After leaving Americans behind, the Biden administration must depend on the Taliban’s cooperation for the safe return of U.S. citizens and allies from Afghanistan. U.S. Secretary of State Tony Blinken confirmed on Wednesday that the Taliban was not allowing charter flights to depart. It claims some passengers don’t have the proper documents.

What can the United States do about it? At a joint news conference with the German foreign minister on Wednesday, Blinken said that if the Taliban wants legitimacy or international support, it will have to earn it. And in the eyes of the West, it’s not off to a good start. “While there are limits to what we can do without a presence on the ground, without an airport, without normal security procedures in place, we are working to do everything in our power,” Blinken said.

Dig deeper: Read WORLD’s ongoing coverage of the Taliban’s takeover in Afghanistan.

Kent Covington

Kent is a reporter and news anchor for WORLD Radio. He spent nearly two decades in Christian and news/talk radio before joining WORLD in 2012. He resides in Atlanta, Ga.



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I’m with SAWGUNNER. There is bitter humor to be found in almost any tragic situation, and for those of us who aren’t easily offended (triggered) it’s just another way of conveying our disgust and anger at some of the world’s (man’s) missteps.

not silent, whether we are laughing or grave in response to these things, the haters are going to hate. They don’t really need any excuse to scorn us. BTW, I hope you have given up on debating the haters. IMO, the best response to those people is to simply say, “God, who created you, loves you and only wants what’s best for you,” and leave it at that.

not silentOldMike

For Old Mike, I get the appeal of bitter humor; and I DEFINITELY get the anger. I suppose I was a bit "triggered," but probably not the way you think. Frankly, I grew a pretty thick skin debating atheists because their strategy was to make the most offensive comments imaginable in order to trigger Christians into responding with anger and justifying their view that Christians were abusive, judgmental, etc.

You are by no means the first person who has tried to discourage me from debating atheists, but the reason I debated them was that they were the mission field where God sent me. Jonah wasn't thrilled about being sent to Nineveh, but God sent him anyway. I know it was God because he always gave me answers to even the craziest questions and comments. Also, during that time period, an atheist actually approached me in an airport and literally tried to share the message of atheism while we were sitting on the plane! In all cases, responding with love instead of anger and disgust sometimes opened a door for the gospel or for the other person to reconsider their views.

Re THIS forum: It's true that haters gonna hate, but we don't need to give them more reason to hate us by making comments that "confirm" their worldview and their misconceptions about us! Just today I saw a cartoon that was published in 2001 and directly compared Christians to the Taliban!

Please understand that I am not trying to point fingers or silence anyone. I'm just providing a different viewpoint based on my unique experiences in my unique mission field.

not silent

I get the temptation to use humor to deal with this fiasco, but I think we should be cautious about how we use it. Specifically, when I debated atheists online, they often compared Christians in the US to Islamic Fundamentalists. Later, people said and implied that if Christians were in charge the US would be like "The Handmaid's Tale." As crazy as it sounds, people believe this: I have met people personally who feared that Evangelical Christians might murder them.

I think those of us who grew up in environments where Christianity and the Bible were often discussed take for granted that others know what Jesus taught; but a lot of people today truly don't know anything about it other than what they hear online or see in the media. And there's not a lot that presents a genuine or positive version of Christianity. I love humor, but I think we should be very careful that our humor doesn't feed into misinformation others are saying about us and harm the gospel.


I was shocked when the Talibs announced they will not in fact be sharing power with other factions. They have also not appointed any person of color. The government similarly is deaf to calls for a govt official from the LGBTQXYZ community. Instead it seems the Talibs are a bunch of angry old white guy religious fundamentalists clinging bitterly to their guns and religion. What the nation needs most is a full C-130 air drop of those cute COEXIST bumper stickers one sees plastered to the rear of cars in the undergraduate parking lots in Ann Arbor, Chapel Hill and Austin.