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Afghan carnage as Taliban storm two cities after Biden withdrew troops- ‘Panic everywhere’

Joe Biden wants all American forces out by September, with most expected to leave this month. However, in the past few weeks, the Taliban have seized 50 local districts across Afghanistan.

Their forces have also entered the cities of Kunduz and Maimana, both provincial capitals.

Speaking to the New York Times Amruddin Wali, who sits on Kunduz’s provincial council, said fighting is ongoing.

He commented: “Right now, I hear the sound of bullets.

“The Taliban have appeared in the alleys and back alleys of Kunduz, and there is panic all over the city.”

Taliban fighters captured entrance points to Kunduz before dispersing into the city.

They briefly took the city in 2015 and 2016, before being forced back with the help of US airstrikes.

Fighting has been intensifying across Afghanistan, raising fears of a Taliban return when US troops leave.

At least 20 elite Afghan special forces were killed in one attack.

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ISIS also have a presence in Afghanistan, with its fighters clashing with both the Taliban and the Afghan army in bloody battles.

Following president Biden’s announcement America’s NATO allies, including the UK, announced they would withdraw their troops as well.

Ben Wallace, the British defence secretary, said it is “a regret for most of the NATO allies” that Mr Biden didn’t make the US withdrawal conditional on the Taliban committing to peace.

Speaking in Parliament he added: “We will explore all options that we can to make sure that not only Britain’s interests and her citizens are protected, but also allies.

“We are also protected by international law to do what we need to do to defend ourselves.

“The one thing I would say to the Taliban, is they remember what happened last time they played host to Al-Qaeda.”

More than 400 British soldiers have been killed by hostile action in Afghanistan since their deployment began in 2001.

Defence Select Committee chair Tobias Ellwood MP has called for a “full inquiry”.

Speaking to the Daily Telegraph he said: “This cannot be the exit strategy that we ever envisaged. We must understand what went wrong.”

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Venom 2 Let There Be Carnage trailer gives first glimpse of new symbiote – WATCH

Cletus’ red symbiote, named Carnage, is far more powerful than the already devastatingly strong Venom. 

His powers are quite different, however, as Carnage has the ability to shape his limbs and tendrils into weapons and sharp objects. 

This will obviously pose quite a threat to Eddie, Venom and any innocent bystanders he may come across. 

Unlike other Marvel villains, Carnage and Cletus are psychotic killers who look to cause harm wherever they can. 

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India Covid carnage: Delhi crematorium has 42 ambulances waiting outside – Bodies stacked

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India: Doctor breaks down as she discusses coronavirus situation

In the midst of a surge fuelled by the so-called Indian variant, the country’s total cases passed 18 million today after another world record daily infection, with gravediggers working around the clock burying victims, and rows of funeral pyres were built in parks and parking lots. And one medical expert admitted had been caught off guard by the “ferocity” of the second wave of engulfing his country.

Mrs Crawford, the broadcaster’s Special Correspondent, tweeted: “Just seen 42 ambulances outside one crematorium in #delhi.

“Bodies stacked up waiting inside for cremation. Many still in the ambulances waiting to be delivered. Carnage #coronavirus #india”

India, led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, reported 379,257 new COVID-19 cases and 3,645 new deaths today, according to health ministry data. The statistic represented was the country’s highest number of deaths reported in a single day since the start of the pandemic.

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A medic in India in front of burning funeral pyres (Image: GETTY)

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Alex Crawford’s tweet (Image: Twitter)

The world’s second-most populous nation is in deep crisis with its hospitals and morgues overwhelmed and healthcare professionals struggling to cope with the pandemic.

Mumbai gravedigger Sayyed Munir Kamruddin said he and his colleagues were working non-stop to bury COVID-19 victims.

The 52-year-old said: “I’m not scared of Covid, I’ve worked with courage. It’s all about courage, not about fear.

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Covid cases in India are surging, fuelled by the new variant (Image: GETTY)

“This is our only job. Getting the body, removing it from the ambulance, and then burying it.”

Each day, thousands of Indians are searching for hospital beds and life saving oxygen for sick relatives, using social media apps and personal contacts. When hospital beds become available, especially in intensive care units, they are snapped up almost instantly.

Dr Krishnaswamy VijayRaghavan told the Indian Express: “The ferocity of the second wave did take everyone by surprise.

“While we were all aware of second waves in other countries, we had vaccines at hand, and no indications from modeling exercises suggested the scale of the surge.”

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A workman builds concrete stands for funeral pyres in India (Image: GETTY)

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Hospital beds in India are scarce (Image: GETTY)

India’s military has begun transporting key medical supplies, such as oxygen canisters, across the country and will open its healthcare facilities to civilians. Hotels and railway coaches have been converted into critical care facilities to make up for the shortage of hospital beds.

India is trying desperately to vaccinate its 1.4 billion population, and on Wednesday the country opened registrations for everyone above the age of 18 to be given jabs from Saturday.

But although it is the world’s biggest producer of vaccines, India does not have the stocks for the estimated 800 million people now eligible for jabs.

Many people who tried to sign up for the vaccinations said they failed, complaining on social media that they could not get a slot or they simply could not get online to register as the website repeatedly crashed.

Covid cases worldwide as of yesterday

Covid cases worldwide as of yesterday (Image: Express)

However, a Government statement flatly denied this, saying:”Statistics indicate that far from crashing or performing slowly, the system is performing without any glitches.”

The government said more than eight million people had registered for the vaccinations, but it was not immediately clear how many had got slots.

Just nine percent of Indians have received one dose since the vaccination campaign began in January with health workers and then the elderly.

While India’s second wave of infections has overwhelmed the country’s health system, its official death rate remains that of Brazil and the United States.

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India is battling to vaccinate its 1.4 billion people (Image: GETTY)

However, medical experts believe India’s true COVID-19 numbers may be 5 to 10 times greater than the official tally.

US Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren tweeted: “India’s COVID outbreak is a humanitarian crisis.

“I’m leading a letter to @moderna_tx, @pfizer, and @jnjnews to find out what steps they’re taking to expand global access to their vaccines to save lives and prevent variants from spreading around the world.”

India was last week placed in the Red Zone of countries from which travel to the UK is banned.