Chaotic Scenes at Kabul Airport as Afghans and Foreign Nationals Flee Taliban

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  • The chaotic scenes astatine Hamid Karzai International Airport captured by quality crews and cellphones convey a panic and hopeless unreserved to flight the country.
  • "If you don't person a visa oregon passport, which the bulk of Afghans don't, you're not going," an expert stuck successful the state told CNBC.
  • A Taliban spokesperson said the fighters intended to negociate a "peaceful surrender" of the city.

Thousands of Afghans person amassed connected the tarmac astatine Kabul's planetary airdrome successful the hours aft the Taliban captured the capital.

The chaotic scenes Monday astatine Hamid Karzai International Airport captured by quality crews and cellphones convey a panic and hopeless unreserved to flight the country, which is present overrun by Taliban militants successful the lead-up to the implicit departure of U.S. forces.

A video shared connected Twitter appears to shows ample crowds of people, including children, moving toward rider craft connected the tarmac. There does not look to beryllium information oregon instrumentality enforcement successful the area.

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"No 1 tin truly leave," Kamal Alam, a nonresident elder chap astatine the Atlantic Council and elder advisor to the Massoud Foundation, told CNBC successful a telephone interview. Alam was stuck successful Afghanistan, his formation retired of the state canceled. "If you don't person a visa oregon passport, which the bulk of Afghans don't, you're not going."

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani fled the state connected Sunday evening, reportedly to Tashkent, Uzbekistan, arsenic the Taliban entered the statesmanlike palace and declared the warfare "over." Ghani said helium fled to forestall "a flood of bloodshed."

"The Taliban person won with the judgement of their swords and guns, and are present liable for the honor, spot and self-preservation of their countrymen," Ghani said.

The accelerated departure of high-ranking Afghan officials — on with important amounts of currency — successful caller days is what initially prompted the unreserved to permission and a flood of choler astatine the Afghan government, Alam said. He was astatine Hamid Karzai International Airport a fewer days ago.

"All the VIPs were being allowed to alert retired first, each their currency was being transported archetypal ... whether connected commercialized airlines oregon backstage jets from [an] unnamed Gulf country," helium said, not specifying the state owed to the delicate quality of the issue.

"So radical were seeing this, determination was a batch of resentment and choler from the airdrome security, and that is truly wherever the rot started. That's erstwhile radical started saying this authorities and this president is not worthy defending, let's get retired of here."

Another video posted to societal media appears shows radical struggling to committee a plane.

The panic is unfolding arsenic an expanded unit of astir 6,000 U.S. troops instrumentality to the state to evacuate Western diplomats. The forces were tasked, according to the State Department, with the "very narrowly focused mission" of evacuating embassy unit successful Kabul. As of precocious Sunday, the U.S. Embassy was efficaciously moved into the airport.

"We tin corroborate that the harmless evacuation of each Embassy unit is present complete," State Department spokesperson Ned Price said successful a connection Monday. "All Embassy unit are located connected the premises of Hamid Karzai International Airport, whose perimeter is secured by the U.S. Military."

Before Sunday, Kabul was the past large metropolis to person been spared takeover by the militants.

A Taliban spokesperson said the fighters intended to negociate a "peaceful surrender" of the city.

Since President Joe Biden's April determination to withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan before Sept. 11, the Taliban person made stunning battlefield advances with present the entirety of the federation of 38 cardinal radical nether their control.

The accelerated disintegration of Afghan information forces and the country's authorities person shocked the satellite and led galore to question however a illness could hap truthful rapidly aft 2 decades of American nation-building and grooming efforts.

Afghans (L) assemblage  astatine  the airdrome  arsenic  US soldiers basal   defender  successful  Kabul connected  August 16, 2021.

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Afghans (L) assemblage astatine the airdrome arsenic US soldiers basal defender successful Kabul connected August 16, 2021.

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