The Year In Review 2021 – August – The Fall of Kabul & Hurricane Ida

The Year In Review 2021 – August – The Fall of Kabul & Hurricane Ida

August 2021

Krystsina Tsimanouskaya

Belarusian sprinter voiced fears for her safety as she refused an order to fly home early from the Olympics for criticising her coaches. Krystsina Tsimanouskaya says she was forced to pack before being taken to the airport in Tokyo against her will. The 24-year-old sought police protection at the terminal so she would not have to board the flight.

She was then given political asylum in Poland. 

Belarusian sprinter Krystsina Tsimanouskaya

The i says Belarusian Olympic sprinter Krystsina Tsimanouskaya has arrived in Warsaw, where she intends to stay under the diplomatic protection of Poland, after an attempt to force her to return to her home country.
A 7.2-magnitude earthquake strikes Haiti
A 7.2-magnitude earthquake strikes Haiti

Haiti earthquake

A major earthquake hit an already reeling Haiti in August. A 7.2-magnitude earthquake toppled buildings and destroyed homes. At least 2,100 people were killed and more than 12,000 injured. 

The fall of Kabul

The 2021 military offensive against the Afghan government began in May and by August Kabul had been captured by the Taliban. The capture happened just hours after the Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani fled the country. Most of the country had fallen to the Taliban by the time Kabul was captured - and it happened as the US troops pulled out of the country marking an end to America’s 20 year war in Afghanistan.

At least 95 Afghans killed in Kabul airport bombings, toll may be higher: Official

Kabul airport attack

2021 Kabul airport attack: At least 182 people are killed, including 13 U.S. service member . The United States launches an airstrike killing the Islamic State member who is believed to have planned the Kabul airport bombings.

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2020 Tokyo Paralympics

The 2020 Summer Paralympics were held in Tokyo, Japan. China topped the medals table, Great Britain came in second and the USA in third.

2020 Tokyo Paralympics 

Sarah Storey closes on outright British Paralympic record after time trial gold

Hurricane Ida

Hurricane Ida strikes New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. It was the second-most damaging and intense hurricane to make landfall in Louisiana – behind 2005’s Hurricane Katrina. 

115 people were killed as the deadly hurricane tore through Venezuela, Colombia, Jamaica, Cayman Islands, Cuba, Gulf Coast of the United States (especially Louisiana), East Coast of the United States (especially the Northeastern United States) and Atlantic Canada. 

The total cost of the damage is estimated at $65.25 billion (USD).


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Today’s news summary – Paper Talk

Wednesday’s front pages focus heavily on President Joe Biden’s decision to not extend the 31 August withdrawal date of US troops in Afghanistan – despite PM Boris Johnson and other world leaders pleas during a G7 meeting on the Afghanistan crisis.

The papers say it is now the last chance to escape the Taliban, with some describing the situation as a “failure” and slamming President Biden for seemingly backing Trump’s “America first” policy. 

Elsewhere, the papers carry front-page tributes to Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts – who has died at the age of 80.  

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