About 200 foreigners, including an unknown number of Canadians, have left Kabul on an international commercial flight.

The Qatar Airways flight is heading to Doha. A senior U-S official says Americans, U-S green card holders and other nationalities, including Canadians, Germans and Hungarians boarded the flight.

This marks the first large-scale evacuation since U-S and NATO forces left Afghanistan late August.

The Taliban have said they would let foreigners and Afghans with valid travel documents leave, but that promise was cast in doubt after a days-long standoff over charter planes at another airport.

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