US takes control of Kabul airport to evacuate staff from country

US takes control of Kabul airport to evacuate staff from country
One picture showed Afghans crowding behind barbed wire near the airfield. Source: Getty Images
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Daily US Times: US soldiers are taking control of Kabul’s international airport, while desperateAfghans try to flee the capital city after the Taliban seized Afghanistan.

The US troops have secured the airport and is taking over air traffic control to evacuate American and allied staff.

Other countries are also evacuating staff, including the United Kingdom, which has sent troops for the operation.

But commercial flights have mostly been suspended, stranding hundreds foreign nationals and Afghans.

The Taliban claimed victory after the Afghan government collapsed on Sunday. President Ashraf Ghani and his Vice-President has fled the country.

Taliban’s return to rule in Afghanistan brings an end to almost 20 years of a US-led coalition’s presence in the country.

Kabul was the last major city in Afghanistan to hold out against a Taliban offensive that began months ago but accelerated in recent days as they gained control of territories, which shocked many observers.

The Islamist group started to seize control after US and other allied troops started to pull out.

US President Joe Biden defended the withdrawal of American forces from Afghanistan, saying he couldn’t justify an “endless American presence in the middle of another country’s civil conflict”.

Many people headed to the airport after Taliban took control of Kabul.

On Monday, one video taken by an Afghan journalist showed crowds running to the airport terminal with children and luggage in tow.

Ben Wallace, UK Defence Secretary, said that Kabul airport was divided into a commercial side – which has largely standstill – and a military side, which has now been secured and is working for the various countries evacuating staff.

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