Hundreds of individuals run alongside a U.S. Flying Force C-17 transport plane as it moves down a runway at the global airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, Aug.16 2021. Verified UGC via AP


KABUL, Afghanistan (AP)– Thousands of Afghans hurried onto the tarmac of KABUL, Afghanistan (AP)– Thousands of Afghans hurried into Kabul’s primary airport Monday, some so desperate to get away the Taliban that they kept a military jet as it took off and plunged to their deaths. A minimum of seven people died in the mayhem, U.S. officials said, as America’s longest war ended with its opponent the victor.

Crowds of individuals desperate to get away Afghanistan stormed Kabul’s international airport, hurrying onto the tarmac.

People clung to the sides of military planes, even as one taxied cab down the runway, in a quote to flee as the Taliban takes control.

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The crowds came while the Taliban implemented their rule over the capital of 5 million individuals after a lightning advance across the country that took simply over a week to dismiss the nation’s Western-backed federal government. There were no major reports of abuses or combating, however numerous homeowners stayed at home and stayed fearful after the insurgents’ advance saw jails emptied and armories robbed.

Across the nation, the International Committee of the Red Cross alerted that thousands had actually been wounded in combating. Somewhere else, security forces and political leaders handed over their provinces and bases without a fight, likely thinking the two-decade Western experiment to remake Afghanistan would not survival the resurgent Taliban. The last American troops had prepared to withdraw at the end of the month.

” The world is following occasions in Afghanistan with an aching heart and deep disquiet about what lies ahead,” warned United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.

As the U.S. military and others continued evacuation flights, Afghans swarmed over the worldwide airport’s tarmac. Some climbed into aircraft parked on the taxiway, while others hung precariously off a jet bridge.

U.S. troops took positions to guard the active runway, but the crowd stormed past them and their armored lorries.

Videos revealed a group of Afghans hanging onto the aircraft right before launch and several falling through the air as the aircraft rapidly gained altitude over the city.

Senior American military authorities, who spoke on condition of privacy to talk about the ongoing operation, informed The Associated Press that the mayhem left 7 dead, consisting of several who fell from the flight.

All flights at the airport– both military and civilian– will be stopped until Afghan civilians can be cleared from the runway, Kirby added.

Shafi Arifi, who had a ticket to travel to Uzbekistan on Sunday, was unable to board his plane due to the fact that it was packed with people who had actually raced throughout the tarmac and climbed up aboard, with no police or airport personnel in sight.

” There was no room for us to stand,” said the 24- year-old.

After a lady passed out and was brought off the plane, Arifi quit and returned house.

Other Afghans, like Rakhmatula Kuyash, are likewise trying to leave through land border crossings, all of which are now managed by the Taliban.

” I’m lost and I don’t know what to do,” stated Kuyash, who crossed into Uzbekistan on Sunday after leaving his children and family members in Afghanistan. “I left whatever behind.”

Others were not so lucky.

Meanwhile, President Ashraf Ghani, who earlier left the nation, dealt with Russian claims he fled Kabul with four cars and trucks and a helicopter loaded with money. His whereabouts remained uncertain.

The U.S. Embassy has been evacuated and the American flag decreased, with diplomats relocating to the airport to aid with the evacuation. Other Western nations likewise closed their missions and were flying out staff and their residents.

In interviews with U.S. television networks, National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan blamed the Afghan armed force for the Taliban’s rapid takeover, stating it lacked the will to combat.

However, the ease with which the Taliban took control surpasses military expertise, the Texas-based personal intelligence company Stratfor wrote.

” The speed of the Taliban’s last advance recommends less military dominance than efficient political revolt paired with an incohesive Afghan political system and security force having problem with flagging spirits,” it stated.

The Taliban offensive through the nation stunned American officials. Just days before the insurgents got in Kabul with little if any resistance, a U.S. military assessment predicted it could take months for the capital to fall.

The rout threatened to remove 20 years of Western efforts to remake Afghanistan that saw tens of countless Afghans eliminated along with more than 3,500 U.S. and allied troops. The preliminary invasion in 2001 drove the Taliban from power and scattered al-Qaida, which had planned the 9/11 attacks while being protected in Afghanistan.

Under the Taliban, which ruled in accordance with a severe analysis of Islamic law, ladies were mostly confined to their homes and thought criminals faced amputation or public execution. The insurgents have actually looked for to predict greater moderation recently, but numerous Afghans remain doubtful.

Reporters up until now have had the ability to work, though Taliban militants went to the personal satellite channel Tolo TV trying to find “government-issued weapons,” stated station owner Saad Mohsini. Some militants put on Afghan military uniforms and began doing patrols, apprehending believed burglars.

Filippo Grandi, the United Nations’ High Commissioner for Refugees, separately explained interactions with the Taliban as “fairly favorable.”

On Monday, Nillan, a 27- year-old homeowner of Kabul who asked to be identified only by her given name for fear of reprisals, said she did not see a single female out on the streets during a 15- minute drive, “just males and kids.”

” It feels like time has stopped. Whatever’s changed,” she told the AP.

She added: “It feels like our life and our future has ended.”


Akhgar reported from Istanbul, Gannon from Guelph, Canada, and Gambrell from Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Associated Press authors Joseph Krauss in Jerusalem, Rahim Faiez in Istanbul, Edith M. Lederer at the United Nations, Jamey Keaten in Geneva, Samya Kullab in Baghdad, Daria Litvinova in Moscow, Robert Burns in Washington, James LaPorta in Boca Raton, Florida, and Zeina Karam in Beirut added to this report.