Situation at Kabul International Airport as Evacuation From Afghanistan Continues
11:09 GMT 24.08.2021 (Updated: 13:22 GMT 06.08.2022)
Thousands of Afghans are seeking to flee the country for fear of reprisals by the Taliban*. Many countries have also begun evacuating their diplomatic missions and citizens from Afghanistan since the takeover of Kabul.
Sputnik is live from Kabul, Afghanistan, as evacuation flights continue for foreign nationals and Afghans trying to flee the country after the Taliban takeover.
Kabul International Airport has been mired in chaos as people are desperately trying to get inside the facility through Taliban and Western checkpoints and board on one of the evacuation flights.
Meanwhile, US President Joe Biden has been heavily criticised for withdrawing American troops while not evacuating US citizens and Afghan allies after the Taliban captured Kabul on 15 August. Although the Biden administration set 31 August as the deadline to evacuate all American citizens, some US officials admit that the country is still struggling to meet the target date.
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*The Taliban is a terrorist organisation banned in Russia and many other countries.