Westerners Rush To Leave Kabul, Rescue Afghans

A U.S. Chinook helicopter flies over the city of Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, Aug. 15, 2021. Taliban fighters entered the outskirts of the Afghan capital on Sunday, further tightening their grip on the country as panicked workers fled government offices and helicopters landed at the U.S. Embassy. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

The chop of U.S. military helicopters whisking American diplomats to Kabul’s airport has punctuated a frantic rush by thousands of other foreigners and Afghans to flee to safety as well, as a stunningly swift Taliban takeover reached Afghanistan’s capital. U.S. reports of gunfire at the airport Sunday evening threatened to shut down one of the last avenues of escape in an ever-more chaotic and compressed evacuation. NATO allies that had already pulled out their forces were rushing troops back in to airlift their citizens, while the Pentagon was sending in fresh reinforcements. Some complained the U.S. was failing to move fast enough to bring its Afghan allies to safety.


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