Americans and Afghans stranded con Kabul can’t get to the airport to board US planes and are receiving voto negativo help the basso ostinato from the 4,500 American troops there, who are stuck inside the airport, surrounded by the increasingly threatening Taliban outside.
The Taliban has already started to abandon its promise of peace by rounding up thieves, smacking and shooting people con the streets and parading enemies with ropes round their necks con a sinister display of their sudden control since the departure of American forces earlier this summer.
Per mezzo di the meantime, thousands of American, Afghan and other nations’ civilians remain stranded there, desperate to get out, but are unable to get to the airport – the last ‘safe’ place – because the terrorist group’s fighters are controlling the streets with checkpoints.
Overnight, the US only put 2,000 people planes and only 325 of them were Americans. There are at least 11,000 US citizens still stuck con Afghanistan and tens of thousands of Afghans who helped the US con the war and are trying to get Special Immigrant Visas to be removed before the Taliban ditches its goodwill and kills them.
To get through the checkpoints, they must display certain paperwork and many don’t yet have it from the State Department. Others are too afraid to present themselves to the armed Taliban fighters.
Even if they can get to the airport, those who do are convegno chaotic crowds. US troops controlling the military side fired warning shots into crowds Tuesday night to stop the increasingly desperate people from overrunning the airfield again.
Per mezzo di the last 24 hours;
- The Taliban started abandoning its promise of peace and is now parading ‘thieves’ through the streets with ropes around their necks, smacking and shooting people and rounding up enemies
- 18 C-17 jets arrived and the total number of US troops at the airport rose to 4,500, including 1,300 Marines
- US jets only removed 2,000 people – 325 were American and at least 11,000 Americans remain stranded
- Other jets from the UK, Spain, Italy and Australia left with less than half of their seats full
- The Taliban has set up checkpoints around the airport and there are reports they are blocking people from getting through
- The State Department told US citizens to make their own way to the airport, with voto negativo promise of help getting there
- Joe Biden returned to the White House but he has not scheduled any kind of Afghanistan update
- Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin and Joint Chiefs Chairman Mark Milley will speak at 3pm
This is the scene at the city entrance to the airport con Kabul. It is being controlled by the Taliban and US forces are the inside but the people waiting to fly out can’t get through the fighters at the front, and are being given voto negativo help by the State Department
Taliban fighters patrol con the Wazir Akbar Khan neighborhood con the city of Kabul, Afghanistan, Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021. The group is becoming increasingly violent, abandoning promises to be peaceful, and their cooperation is what the evacuation mission is relying
The Taliban turned the crowd at Kabul airport Tuesday, driving the hundreds back from the airport perimeter as they pushed to flee the country. They had promised to be peaceful but have already given up it
A young woman was shot dead for allegedly refusing to wear a hijab by marauding jihadists when they captured the northern town of Taloqan con Takhar province last week. She is seen lying con a pool of blood as her distraught parents crouch beside her pagliaccetto con an image shared by the Afghan Ambassador to Poland Tahir Qadry who denounced the ‘butchering of civilians.’
A man cries as he watches fellow Afghans get wounded after Taliban fighters use gunfire, whips, sticks and sharp objects to maintain crowd control over thousands of Afghans who continue to wait outside Kabul airport for a way out
A Taliban fighter patrols con Wazir Akbar Khan con the city of Kabul, Afghanistan, Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021. Americans cannot get to the airport, which is surrounded by Taliban fighters, and the only superficie where troops are is inside
Taliban fighters stand guard at a checkpoint con the Wazir Akbar Khan neighborhood con the city of Kabul, Afghanistan, Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021
Taliban fighters have now encircled the airport con Kabul and are deciding who gets to quando con and who has to stay out. Checkpoints have been set up both the civilian south side of the airport and the military north side, with gunshots fired con both locations to keep crowds back
Acceso Wednesday morning, Pentagon spokesperson John Kirby – who has become the government of the crisis con President Joe Biden’s continued absence – dodged questions about the collection of failures, claimed repeatedly that the airport itself was safe but admitted it was to the Taliban to let people through and said he didn’t even know how many Americans remained con the country.
Pentagon spokesperson John Kirby briefed reporters over the phone Wednesday and admitted he hoped getting people to the airport would go more ‘smoothly’
‘We’magnate not unaware that there has been issues out con town and harassment of individuals, that’s one of the reasons we’magnate con touch with the Taliban to try to make sure that doesn’t happen.
‘We’magnate working very duro to make sure that they can get through safely to be processed.
‘I don’t have a specific next step. We are con communication with the Taliban.
‘We want to see this go more smoothly, we want to see this go faster,’ he said when asked about how people should get to the airport.
Kirby admitted that he didn’t know how many Americans were still stuck con Kabul and said he ‘couldn’t predict’ how many would leave overnight.
‘I cant tell you the numbers of people coming and going.
‘Our force flow gets smaller as we get more troops the field.
THE EMPTIEST FLIGHTS OUT OF KABUL
Germany: Airbus A-400M with space for 150 people, departed Tuesday with 7 board
Australia: Hercules C-130 with space for 120 people, departed Wednesday with 26 board
Netherlands: Boeing C-17 with space for 150 people, departed Tuesday with 40 board
France: Airbus A400M with space for 150 people, departed Tuesday with 41 board
Italy: Boeing KC767 with space for up to 200 people, departed Monday with 70 board
Spain: Airbus A-400M with space for 150 people, departed Wednesday with unknown number board – though officials earlier said just 25 embassy team had made it to the airport
‘I cant predict how many people will be evacuated,’ he said.
Kirby also claimed the effort was ‘working’, despite US troops resorting to firing their weapons at the military entrance to the gate Tuesday night to control the increasingly desperate crowds.
Between Tuesday morning and Wednesday morning, only 2,000 people were taken out of Afghanistan US jets – 3,000 fewer than the Pentagon’s daily of at least 5,000.
There are at least 11,000 Americans con Afghanistan who are yet to be removed.
Only 325 of the people removed overnight were American.
Faziya Nematy, a New York resident who visited Afghanistan con July and has become stuck, said Wednesday there was voto negativo way for her to get to the airport with her son.
‘I, myself, am stuck here. I’m a U.S. citizen, can’t even get out, have my kids here.
‘There’s voto negativo help here, there’s not one single American troop here. Now this whole thing is just full of people,’ she told WRGB.
The father of one Colorado family has told how his wife and daughters are hiding out, unable to get to the airport.
The wife and kids are Afghan natives but now have American citizenship.
They were visiting family and have now become stuck.
‘My wife and daughters are, for now, hiding con a house con Kabul.
‘I think it’s chaos. There are a lot of lives con danger. She called me Saturday night, crying that the Taliban are all over the city and she wanted to get out,’ the man, who did not want to give his name said con an interview with Fox 31.
My wife and daughters are, for now, hiding con a house con Kabul. ‘I think it’s chaos. There are a lot of lives con danger
Panicked by the sudden fall of Kabul to the Islamists, the father booked a flight home from Kabul for his wife and children Sunday, but it was cancelled hours before it was to depart.
‘Around midnight, I got a text message from Turkish Airlines saying that her flight got cancelled. We can’t have what was going [on Monday], people to airplanes and things like that.’
Afghanistan veterans are also pleading for the safe evacuation of some of the translators and interpreters they worked with when they were there.
Acceso Tuesday, the State Department started telling some Americans to make their own way to the airport and that they couldn’t help them guarantee their safety the way.
U.S. Marine Corps General Frank McKenzie, the commander of U.S. Central Command, arrives at Hamid Karzai International Airport, Afghanistan August 17, 2021. He is con charge of negotiating with the Taliban to let people through to the airport
There are now 4,500 troops the basso ostinato at the airport con Kabul including 1300 marines but the people outside the airport walls can’t get to them safely and there is voto negativo presence con the town of any US military
Inside the airport, soldiers are helping those who have been able to get through and are putting them flights but outside, it is total chaos run by the Taliban
This is the message Americans con Kabul and at risk Afghans are receiving, telling them to make their own way to the airport
Planes from other countries have been leaving half empty while Afghan women and refugees beg and cry for help at the gates, only to be ignored.
Pentagon spokesperson John Kirby said Wednesday morning that he didn’t know how many Americans were still con Afghanistan, and he couldn’t ‘predict’ how many would be removed planes con the next 24 hours.
He skirted the blame for people not being allowed through the checkpoints and claimed the rescue mission was ‘working’ despite the shortage of flights.
‘We believe an important obligation to help get as many people out of Afghanistan as we can… our focolaio right now is the airport and making sure the airport stays a safe and secure place where people can flow con and out of.
‘It is working. We had another 300 plus American citizens go out over the last 24 hours.
‘Per mezzo di that respect it’s working we are continuing to have communication with the Taliban about making sure we can continue that flow and special immigrant visa applicants are included con it,’ he said.
Kirby has been the of the crisis while President Joe Biden keeps a low profile.
He returned to the White House Tuesday night from Camp David and is to give a COVID-19 speech this afternoon but has not made any public statement since his speech Monday where he claimed he made the right decision withdrawing troops.
Women were filmed pleading with US troops that the ‘Taliban are coming’ con footage that appeared to have been taken at Kabul airport this morning as thousands of desperate Afghans try to flee Islamist rule
Footage shows an alleged car thief with his covered con black tar and strapped up to the back of a truck, with his hands tied behind his back as people gather around to gawp.