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Japan’s SDF airlifts Afghans from Kabul

Written by on August 30, 2021

NHK has learned that Japanese Self-Defense Forces have helped evacuate more than 10 Afghans from the country.

The Japanese government sent SDF C-130 transport aircraft to Kabul to airlift Japanese nationals and Afghans who wanted to leave.

A Japanese woman was flown to the Pakistan capital Islamabad on Friday.

Sources told NHK that on Thursday the SDF flew more than 10 Afghans to Islamabad.

The government says foreign ministry officials and SDF personnel on the mission had left Afghanistan on Friday.

They are staying temporarily in Islamabad with the SDF aircraft on standby for further operations.

It is unclear when evacuations can proceed. The government has been aiming to evacuate up to 500 people, mostly Japanese nationals and Afghans who have worked for the Japanese embassy and international organizations along with their families.

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