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Human Remains Found In Wheel Arch Of US Plane That Left Kabul

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Human Remains Found In Wheel Arch Of US Plane That Left Kabul

Human remains have been found in the wheel arch of a US military plane that left Kabul yesterday, it has been confirmed.

According to ABC News, a US official stated that after landing at al Udeid air base in Qatar on Monday (16 August), the remains were found inside the wheel well of the C-17 military plane.

It was part of the wave of evacuation flights following the resurgence of the Taliban in Afghanistan.

Footage of the aircraft was widely shared on social media, showing hundreds of people clinging onto its side as it left Kabul's airport.

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Hundreds of people clung onto the plane as it left Kabul. Credit: Twitter
Hundreds of people clung onto the plane as it left Kabul. Credit: Twitter

Shortly after the footage emerged, it was reported that people had tragically died after falling from the aircraft shortly after take-off.

A Kabul news agency stated: "Locals near Kabul airport claim that three young men who were holding themselves tightly in the wheels of an aeroplane fell on top of people's houses.

"One of the locals confirmed this and said that the fall of these people made a loud and terrifying noise."

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Over the past few days, Taliban forces have descended on the country's capital city, with President Ashraf Ghani fled the country.

Ghani released a message to Afghanis explaining why he left the country before militants could seize control of the Presidential Palace.

President Ashraf Ghani. Credit: PA
President Ashraf Ghani. Credit: PA

The world leader explained that he faced a 'hard decision' between an 'armed Taliban' and 'leaving the dear country that I dedicated my life to protecting the past 20 years'.

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He said: "If left unchecked, countless patriots would be martyred and the city of Kabul would be devastated, resulting in a major humanitarian catastrophe in the six-million-strong city.

"The Taliban had made it clear that they were ready to carry out a bloody attack on all of Kabul and the people of Kabul to oust me. In order to prevent a flood of bloodshed, I decided to leave."

With the return of the Taliba to power, major concerns have been raised as to what this means for the rights of women and young girls in Afghanistan.

During the group's previous reign between 1996 and 2001, women were not permitted to go to school and were largely prevented from appearing in public without full-body coverings and male escorts.

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To fight against any curtailment of their rights, four women bravely took to the streets of Kabul this week, demanding that their voices be heard.

The footage was shared by another Al Jazeera reporter, with the caption: "We want our rights, here are women, we want social security, the ban on work, the right to education and the right to political participation.

"No force can ignore and stifle women. All our achievements over the years should not be compromised and our basic rights!"

Featured Image Credit: Twitter

Topics: us military, Kabul, US News, taliban

Dominic Smithers
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