- Title: Afghans welcome foreign troops withdrawal, worrying about the uncertain future
- Date: 29th August 2021
- Summary: KABUL, AFGHANISTAN (AUGUST 29 , 2021) (REUTERS) VEHICLES AND PEOPLE CROSSING THE STREET MORE OF VEHICLES DRIVING ON STREET VARIOUS OF PEOPLE WALKING ON SIDEWALK (SOUNDBITE) (Dari) KABUL RESIDENT, AGHA MOHAMMAD MAJIDI, SAYING: "All Afghans are confused, and we are worried about our future. We studied for ten or fifteen years and saw foreign countries, so we expect our country to develop like other countries. Therefore, we do not want to go back or be weaker than other countries." VARIOUS OF VEHICLES PASSING BY STREET (SOUNDBITE) (Dari) KABUL RESIDENT, RAFIULLAH, SAYING: "Foreigners interfered in Afghanistan's affairs. In Afghanistan, any country intervenes, whether it is the United States, infidels, or Muslims. We are happy that foreigners left Afghanistan, and they should not be in our country. We must try to make our country stand on its own feet and use our talented people." VEHICLES DRIVING AT DOWNTOWN / A MOSQUE VARIOUS OF TALIBAN FLAGS WAVING IN DOWNTOWN PEOPLE WALKING ON SIDEWALK
- Embargoed: 12th September 2021 14:41
- Keywords: Afghanistan Kabul Taliban
- Location: KABUL, AFGHANISTAN
- City: KABUL, AFGHANISTAN
- Country: Afghanistan
- Topics: Asia / Pacific,Conflicts/War/Peace,Insurgencies
- Reuters ID: LVA001ESBZPS7
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- Story Text: Kabul residents on Sunday (August 29) welcomed the withdrawal of U.S. and other foreign troops from the country, although saying they worried about their uncertain future.
U.S. forces are in the final phase of leaving Kabul, ending two decades of involvement in Afghanistan, and just over 1,000 civilians at the airport remain to be flown out before troops withdraw, a Western security official said on Sunday.
The collapse of the Afghan government leaves an administrative vacuum that has led to fears of an economic crisis and widespread hunger.
Prices for commodities like flour, oil and rice are rapidly rising and the currency is plunging, with money changers across the border in Pakistan already refusing to accept the afghani.
On Saturday, officials ordered banks to re-open and imposed a limit on withdrawals of $200 or 20,000 afghani. Long queues forming outside bank branches of people trying to get money out.
Production: Hameed Farzad
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