Mass evacuations follow the insurgents’ capture of Kabul after a rapid sweep of the country
The Taliban seized power in Afghanistan, with fighters entering the presidential palace, and gunshots broke out at Kabul’s airport as thousands tried to flee the country. The collapse of the Afghan government creates an uncertain future for civilians and challenges for the U.S. Photo: Stringer/ReutersTHE WALL STREET JOURNAL INTERACTIVE EDITION
U.S. troops shot and killed two men they say were armed at Hamid Karzai International Airport and at least three Afghans were killed as they clung to the side of a departing jet Monday, U.S. officials said, a sign of the chaos at the Kabul airport in the wake of the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan.
In two incidents, armed men approached U.S. troops providing security at the airport Monday and were shot and killed, officials said. The troops weren’t injured, officials said. Few details about the incidents were available, and the armed men weren’t identified. Military officials said they couldn’t confirm that the armed individuals were members of the Taliban.
U.S. officials have said the troops in the airport reserve the right to defend themselves, and if Taliban or other individuals interfere with operations there, they will use lethal force if necessary.
Also Monday, at least three Afghans who were holding on to the side of a U.S. Air Force C-17 transport jet as it moved across a runway in Kabul were killed when they fell off the side of the fuselage and were run over, U.S. officials said.
President Biden will return to the White House on Monday to deliver remarks on Afghanistan, the White House said. Mr. Biden had been scheduled to remain at Camp David, where he spent the weekend, until Wednesday.