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Chaos Continue In Kabul Airport As Afghans Define The Taliban To Celebrate Independence Day (Videos, Photos)

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Chaos Continue In Kabul Airport As Afghans Define The Taliban To Celebrate Independence Day (Videos, Photos)

This photo taken on May 8, 2018, shows people arriving at the domestic terminal of the Hamid Karzai International Airport of Kabul. (Photo by Dominique FAGET / AFP) (Photo credit should read DOMINIQUE FAGET/AFP via Getty Images)

Chaos continue in Hamid Karzai International Airport in the Afghan capital, Kabul, as thousands of US troops attempt to evacuate local collaborators.

On August 18, Afghan sources said that evacuation planes are leaving nearly empty because many locals who are illegible for evacuation were not able to reach the airport due to the Taliban heavy presence in Kabul. The group’s fighters established many checkpoints in the city over the last few days.

The situation didn’t improve on August 19. Shoots continue to be heard in the airport. Both US troops and Taliban fighters, who are present just outside the airport, have been shooting in the air to disturb the thousands of people attempting to storm into the airport to secure a seat on an evacuation plan.

Furthermore, F-15 warplanes of the US Air Force were spotted patrolling the sky over Hamid Karzai International Airport for the first time.

Many in the US are currently criticizing the chaotic evacuation plan and calling to hold Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie Jr., commander of the Central Command, and Austin S. Miller, final commander of NATO’s Resolute Support Mission and United States Forces in Afghanistan, accountable for this failure.

The three generals opted to evacuate Bagram Air Base early on in the withdrawal, leaving Hamid Karzai International Airport as the only evacuation point.

Meanwhile, the situation in Kabul remains unstable. On August 19, the Taliban clashed with dozens of civilians who marched in the street of the capital to celebrate the country’s independence day.

The locals raised the flag of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan which provoked Taliban fighters. As for now, no fatalities have been reported.

Since the beginning of Operation Allies Refuge, the codename for the US evacuation process, at least six Afghan civilians have been killed. The evacuation, which is being facilitated by 5,000 US troops, will likely take longer than what was expected.

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