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Operation Devi Shakti
Part of 2021 evacuation of Afghanistan and the 2021 Taliban offensive and the War in Afghanistan (2001–2021)
Evacuation at Hamid Karzai International Airport; Image 9 of 16.jpg
Afghanistan Evacuation at Hamid Karzai International Airport
Operational scope Humanitarian relief

34°33′57″N 069°12′47″E / 34.56583°N 69.21306°E / 34.56583; 69.21306Coordinates: 34°33′57″N 069°12′47″E / 34.56583°N 69.21306°E / 34.56583; 69.21306
Planned by Ministry of External Affairs and Indian Armed Forces
Objective Evacuation of Indian nationals, embassy staff and eligible Afghans
Date 16 August 2021 (2021-08-16) – 21 August 2021 (2021-08-21)[1]
Executed by  India
Outcome 800 evacuated
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Operation Devi Shakti (Template:Translation) was an operation of the Indian Armed Forces to evacuate Indian citizens and foreign nationals from Afghanistan after the collapse of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and the fall of Kabul, the capital city, to the Taliban.[2]


Taliban militants during the 2021 offensive

The Taliban and allied militant groups began a widespread offensive on 1 May 2021, concurrent with the withdrawal of most U.S. troops from Afghanistan.[3]

Kabul airlift

India has evacuated over 800 people amid a deteriorating security situation in Kabul.[4]

  • On 16 August, 40 Indians were airlifted from Kabul to Delhi.[4]
  • 168 people, including 107 Indians and 23 Afghan Sikhs and Hindus, were flown from Kabul to Hindan Air Force Station near Delhi in a C-17 Globemaster III heavy-lift military transport aircraft of the Indian Air Force.[5]
  • 87 Indians and two Nepalese nationals were brought back in a special Air India flight from Dushanbe, a day after they were evacuated to the Tajikistan capital in an Indian Air Force C-130J transport aircraft.[5]
  • On 21 August, 78 people, including 25 Indians and a number of Afghan Sikhs and Hindus from Dushanbe, a day after they were evacuated from Kabul to the Tajik city.[1][4][6]

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