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Chaotic Scenes At Kabul Airport As Thousands Flee Taliban

Written by on 17 Aug 2021

Thousands of Afghans have amassed on the tarmac at Kabul’s international airport in the hours after the Taliban captured the capital. The chaotic scenes Monday at Hamid Karzai International Airport captured by news crews and cellphones convey a terror and desperate rush to escape the country.

The country is now overrun by Taliban militants in the lead-up to the complete departure of U.S. forces. A video shared on Twitter appears to shows large crowds of people, including children, moving toward passenger aircraft on the tarmac.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani fled the country on Sunday evening, reportedly to Tashkent, Uzbekistan, as the Taliban entered the presidential palace and declared the war “over.” Ghani said he fled to prevent “a flood of bloodshed.” Find out more below.

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