Panic Grips Kabul as Evacuation Grinds to a Halt

21 08 2021

Daily Mail [UK] –
Ministers warned there may be just four more days to evacuate Brits and their allies: Thousands of Afghans face being left behind while US embassy tells its citizens to stay away from airport unless called because of the threats outside the gates

“Nato yesterday begged Mr Biden not to leave Kabul and urged the US troops to stay at the airport to get as many people out as possible.”

U.S. Embassy tells Americans NOT to go to Kabul airport due to security threats: Warning comes as Pentagon again contradicts Biden’s claim there’s ‘no indication’ the Taliban is stopping citizens

      • The U.S. Embassy told Americans on Saturday not to go to Kabul airport because of ‘security threats outside its gates but Pentagon spokesman John Kirby declined multiple times to say what the threats are 
      • At least 12 people have been killed in and around the single runway airfield since Sunday, NATO and Taliban officials said
      • The warning was issued less than 24 hours after Biden’s confusing address to the American people where he promised to bring them home
      • This week, the U.S. evacuated 17,000 people, including 2,500 Americans, from Kabul, Major Gen. William ‘Hank’ Taylor said during Saturday afternoon’s press conference
      • About 3,800 people were evacuated on Friday after six U.S. Air Force transport planes with about 1,600 people were able to leave Kabul on Friday plus about 32 charter planes, Taylor said during Saturday’s briefing 
      • It’s still unclear how many Americans remain in Kabul.  A State Department spokesperson estimates that there are 5,000 to 10,000 Americans still in the country
      • When asked if the window to evacuate is closing, Kirby said, ‘We know we’re fighting against time and space. That’s the race we’re in’
      • Abdul Ghani Baradar – one of the Taliban’s top leaders who negotiated the exit of US troops with former President Donald Trump in Qatar – arrived in Kabul on Saturday
      • He will lead discussions with other Taliban leaders who will construct the framework for how they govern the country over the next week few weeks  

      US Embassy in Afghanistan tells citizens to stay away from Kabul airport

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