Pentagon: 'Several Fatalities' as US Plane Flew From Kabul With Afghans Clinging to Side
15:43 GMT 18.08.2021 (Updated: 15:44 GMT 18.08.2021)
© AFP 2023 / WAKIL KOHSARAfghan people climb atop a plane as they wait at the airport in Kabul on August 16, 2021, after a stunningly swift end to Afghanistan's 20-year war, as thousands of people mobbed the city's airport trying to flee the group's feared hardline brand of Islamist rule
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The US Defence Department is aware of several fatalities after a US military transport aircraft departed Kabul international airport with Afghan civilians clinging to its side, spokesperson John Kirby said on Wednesday.
"Clearly, we know just by visual evidence and by the Air Force’s statement that there were at least several fatalities involved in that, but I don’t want to get ahead of the Air Force’s review in terms of hard numbers of what the total toll was," Kirby told reporters in an off-camera briefing.