The United States will control air traffic at Kabul airport, Afghanistan

The United States will control air traffic at Kabul International Airport, in the capital of Afghanistan. This action will allow the depa...

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  • The United States will control air traffic at Kabul International Airport, in the capital of Afghanistan.
  • This action will allow the departure of not only the Americans, but also the Afghans who helped them during the war.
  • “Over the next 48 hours, we will expand our security presence to almost 6,000 troops,” they explained.

The United States will control air traffic at Kabul International Airport, in the capital of Afghanistan, with the aim of facilitating the evacuation of Americans and their allies, they reported in an official statement.

This Sunday, the United States indicated that in the next few hours it will take control of air traffic at the international airport that serves the city of Kabul, which will allow the departure of not only the Americans, but also the Afghans who helped them during the war.

The United States will control air traffic at Kabul airport, Afghanistan

The United States will control air traffic at Kabul airport, Afghanistan
Photo: Twitter

The Pentagon and the State Department reported in a joint document that they will take actions to maintain the security of the airport and thus “allow the safe exit of US personnel and their allies from Afghanistan, in civilian and military aircraft.”

“Over the next 48 hours, we will have expanded our security presence to almost 6,000 troops, with a mission focused solely on facilitating these efforts, and we will take the reins of air traffic control,” they explained.

USA takes control

The United States will control air traffic at Kabul airport, Afghanistan
Photo: Twitter

“Tomorrow (referring to this Monday, August 16) and in the coming days, we will move thousands of US citizens who have resided in Afghanistan out of the country, as well as locally recruited staff from the US mission in Kabul and their families.” , it reads in the document.

They also said they would remove “other particularly vulnerable Afghan citizens” and accelerate “the evacuation of thousands of Afghans who qualify for a special US immigrant visa.”

The embassy moved to the airport

The United States will control air traffic at Kabul airport, Afghanistan
Photo: Twitter

This Sunday, the US embassy in Afghanistan was transferred to the Kabul airport as a security measure against the Taliban attack in the capital. 4,000 people work at the diplomatic headquarters, of which 1,400 are Americans. The government has already evacuated about 500 people, ABC News reported.

Days ago, the United States promised that it would evacuate up to 70,000 Afghan citizens from Afghanistan. They are interpreters and allies of the American troops in the war and their families. “2,000 of them have already arrived in the United States in the last two weeks,” the State Department said.

Working against the clock to evacuate people

Afghanistan's president flees his country amid the Taliban advance
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In addition, they work to evacuate to the United States those Afghan visa applicants who have already completed the application process. For those who have not completed it, they said that the embassy “will find additional places” in what they can wait while they conclude the process to be able to travel to US soil.

Getting a US visa could take years. The United States is negotiating with a third country that can temporarily host these Afghan citizens as refugees, such as Qatar or Kuwait.

Afghanistan’s president flees his country amid the Taliban advance

President of Afghanistan flees from Kabul
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The situation has turned really murky in recent hours, to the point where the president of Afghanistan fled his own country after the advance of the Taliban. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, president of Afghanistan, left the country on Sunday along with nationals and foreigners, who have fled in a stampede, according to The Associated Press.

People are fleeing the advance of the Taliban. This marks the end of a 20-year Western experiment aimed at remaking the country, according to the AP. The Taliban, who for hours on the outskirts of Kabul, announced shortly after that they would advance further into a panicked city.

The president of Afghanistan flees his own country

The president of Afghanistan flees his own country
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Throughout the day, as helicopters passed overhead to evacuate US embassy personnel, Afghans were terrified of the advance of the Taliban. Smoke billowed near the complex as staff destroyed important documents, the AP notes.

Several other Western missions are also pulling their people out of Afghanistan. Afghanistan’s president is on the run when people fear the Taliban will re-impose the kind of brutal government that virtually eliminated women’s rights.

President of Afghanistan flees from Kabul

Insurgents seize Afghanistan despite US support
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Thousands of other people rushed to leave the country as well, lining up in front of ATMs to withdraw their life savings. The poorest, who left their homes in the countryside thinking that the capital was safer, stayed by the thousands in parks and open spaces throughout Kabul.

Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani flees out of the country, two officials told The Associated Press, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to inform journalists.

President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai of Afghanistan flees and they say “God will hold him accountable”

President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai of Afghanistan flees and they say "God will hold him accountable"
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Abdullah Abdullah, the head of Afghanistan’s National Reconciliation Council, later confirmed in an online video that Ghani had left. “The former president of Afghanistan left Afghanistan, leaving the country in this difficult situation,” Abdullah said.

“God will hold him accountable,” the Afghan official said. In a spectacular offensive, the Taliban captured almost all of Afghanistan in just over a week, despite hundreds of billions of dollars invested by the United States over almost two decades to reinforce Afghan security forces, AP notes.

Insurgents seize Afghanistan despite US support

They seek an unconditional surrender of the government
AP PHOTO

Just days earlier, a US military analysis estimated that it would be a month before the capital came under pressure from insurgents. The Taliban have defeated, recruited, or fled Afghan security forces in much of the country.

This, despite the fact that the US Army provided some air support to the Afghan government. Taliban spokesman Suhail Shaheen told the TV station’s English channel Al-Jazeera that the insurgents “await a peaceful transfer of power from the city of Kabul.” The spokesperson declined to provide details on possible negotiations with the government. The United States will control air traffic at Kabul airport, Afghanistan.

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