US says nearly 500 Afghan citizens evacuated from Uzbekistan

TASHKENT (HRNW) – The United States said Tuesday it had evacuated nearly 500 “military and civilian” Afghans from Uzbekistan, while the ex-Soviet country declared there were now no Afghan refugees on its territory.

The days leading up to the Taliban s capture of Kabul caused scenes of chaos in Afghanistan s Central Asian neighbours Uzbekistan and Tajikistan, as soldiers loyal to the crumbling government fled over state borders in military aircraft.

Uzbekistan had mostly withheld comment on the number and status of the refugees as it looked to cultivate ties with the Taliban next door.

But a US embassy spokesman told  Tuesday it had evacuated 494 “military and civilian” Afghans out of Uzbekistan s southern Termez airport with the Uzbek government s help.

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