Kabul Airport Flights resume as people scramble to leave Afghanistan

August 17, 2021

Flights resume from Kabul airport as people scramble to leave Afghanistan

The Taliban has taken over Afghanistan in a short period of time. Once the United States remove soldiers, it was projected to take the Taliban over a month to regain Kabul. However, they were able to take over Kabul in less than two weeks.

Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan, was the city that the government needed to control to maintain normalcy. The Taliban soldiers work swiftly, and their authoritarian rule has now begun.

When the Taliban attempted to seize Kabul, people wasted no time trying to leave the country. There was a panic on the tarmac at the capital’s airport as planes rushed to evacuate citizens and international visitors.

A video surfaced of a U.S. plane leaving Kabul airport, and Afghans were clinging to the sides of the aircraft as it took off. It showed the fear that the Taliban has already instilled in the nation. Multiple people died trying to hold onto the plane as it left the airport.

Kabul Flights Resume

As the Taliban took control, evacuation flights were shut down. Mass chaos ensued as people rushed to the airport to try to get on a flight. This just caused backlog because there were not enough flights to take care of citizens.

Many nations worldwide told people to stay sheltered in their homes in Afghanistan to avoid the airport. This allowed countries to resume flights to remove people in danger.

The crowds have thinned out at the airport as planes from France, the United States, and the United Kingdom took passengers out of Afghanistan. Yet, the ability to leave the nation is limited for most Afghan citizens.

Over 600 troops from the United States and the United Kingdom were sent to ensure the evacuation of people from the embassies. Afghan soldiers who helped fight alongside the United States and the United Kingdom are also being given priority. This group is desperately at risk because they directly fought the Taliban since the war began after 9/11.

U.K. Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab spoke about Britain’s plan to remove troops. He said, “The situation is stabilizing, but obviously, we are monitoring it very carefully. “I do think that the airport is more stable today than it was yesterday, and we need to make sure that we consolidate that in the days ahead.”

People Stranded

There are still many Americans stranded in the nation. The United States military has secured the airport, so the Taliban still does not control this portion of the capital. They will likely allow the evacuations to occur because foreign countries are not challenging their rule.

It’s unknown how many Afghan soldiers and United States citizens are remaining in the Taliban-controlled country. Multiple lawmakers, including Tom Cotton and Ken Buck, have offered support to help remove stranded Americans.

Washington has received hundreds of calls regarding stranded Americans who are sheltering in place. The State Department has set up its own hotline to help give people adequate support.

The advisory declares, “Do not call the U.S. Embassy in Kabul for details or updates about the flight. Do not travel to the airport until you have been informed by email that departure options exist.”

The airport looks better, but many issues are remaining with evacuations from Afghanistan.

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