Chaos at Kabul Airport as Thousands of Afghans Try to Flee Taliban

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Chaos persisted outside Kabul airport on Friday as thousands tried to flee Afghanistan, following the Taliban’s takeover of the capital.

At Kabul’s international airport, military evacuation flights continued, but access to the airport remained difficult.

On Friday, Taliban fighters fired into the air to try to control the crowds gathered at the airport’s blast walls.

The Taliban swept into Afghanistan’s capital Sunday after the government collapsed and the embattled president joined an exodus of his fellow citizens and foreigners, signaling the end of a costly two-decade U.S. campaign to remake the country.

After a chaotic start in which people rushed the runway and some clung to a plane taking off, the U.S. military is ramping up evacuations and now has enough aircraft to get 5,000 to 9,000 people out a day, Army Maj. Gen. Hank Taylor said Thursday.

Separately, U.S. President Joe Biden says he’s committed to keeping U.S. troops in Afghanistan until every American is evacuated, even if that means maintaining a military presence there beyond his Aug. 31 deadline for withdrawal.

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