Kabul airport reopens with help from Qatar

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Kabul airport reopens with help from Qatar

A Qatari technical team got Kabul aiport reopened to receive humanitarian aid and the first domestic flights within Afghanistan started Saturday, according to reports.

Citing Qatar’s ambassador to Afghanistan, Al Jazeera reported that the airport’s runway was repaired and two domestic flights flew to the cities of Mazar-i-Sharif and Kandahar.

Pakistan Airlines plane seen at Kabul Airport
A Pakistan Airlines plane seen at Kabul Airport.
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Journalist Sumaira Khan tweeted a video of the purported first flight leaving for Mazar.

Kabul airport was shut down since Aug. 31, when the massive U.S.-led airlift ended, and the last troops withdrew after 20 years of war.

Qatar’s Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani said on Thursday that the Gulf state was working with Turkey and talking to the Taliban to provide potential technical support to get the airport back in operation, Reuters reported.

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