U.S. Forces Resort To Aerial Firing As Chaos Unfolds At Kabul Airport

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U.S. Forces Resort To Aerial Firing As Chaos Unfolds At Kabul Airport

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U.S. forces at the Kabul Airport resorted to aerial firing on Monday, the AFP reported, as thousands of Afghans crowded the tarmac in a desperate attempt to catch a flight out of the country leading to chaotic scenes just a day after the Taliban assumed control of the country’s capital.

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All commercial flights have been suspended from the Kabul airport with only military aircraft being allowed to operate, a according to a notice issued by U.S. officials.

With the Taliban controlling all land crossings out of Afghanistan, the Kabul airport remains the only way out of the country.

Thousands of Afghan people entered the airport premises on Sunday evening, desperately hoping to catch a flight out of the country and videos from Monday morning showed hundreds trying to enter a plane by climbing the ladder on the side of a jet bridge.

According to the Middle East Eye, several Afghans at the airport have been either killed or wounded, but it’s unclear if these deaths are the result of stampede-like conditions or aerial firing by U.S. forces.

U.S. state department spokesperson Ned Price confirmed that all U.S. Embassy staff have been evacuated to the Kabul airport, whose perimeter is secured by U.S. forces.

This is a developing story.

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