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Afghans Fleeing Taliban Grow More Desperate as Clock Ticks on U.S. Evacuation


The household of Naqibullah Laghmanai, a former interpreter for the U.S. army, spent days ready exterior Kabul’s airport, hoping to catch a flight overseas earlier than the Biden administration ends its evacuation operation.

Folks had been crushed. The household’s youngest member, a 5-year-old, fell unwell within the warmth and chaos. The household lastly gave up and returned dwelling, says Mr. Laghmanai, a U.S. citizen now residing in Houston.

1000’s of Afghans seeking to flee their homeland face a sequence of ordeals as they attempt to attain Kabul’s airport and contend for a spot on a departing flight. They’re avoiding checkpoints manned by Taliban fighters who’ve surrounded the ability. They’re additionally navigating bureaucratic obstacles in hopes that they received’t be turned again upon reaching the airport’s closely guarded gates. And they’re doing it on the clock.

The Biden administration is considering whether to extend the evacuation effort previous an Aug. 31 deadline when all U.S. troops are set to go away Afghanistan. Rising dysfunction, nevertheless, has engulfed the operation, together with a gunbattle that broke out at the airport Monday, killing a minimum of one Afghan soldier.

1000’s of individuals have thronged the airport since the Taliban seized Kabul on Aug. 15. A pressure of 6,000 U.S. troops has allowed the U.S. and its allies to airlift Westerners from the nation together with 1000’s of Afghans who assisted them over the course of twenty years.

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