Americans in Kabul Need to ‘Shelter in Place’: State Department Spokesman

The State Department is advising U.S. citizens still in Afghanistan to shelter in place and not attempt to travel to Kabul’s Hamid Karzai International Airport until further notice. “The Department of Defense is working to restore a safe and secure environment, so that military and commercial flights can resume,” State Department Spokesman Ned Price told a press briefing on Monday. “Now, of course, the situation is evolving quickly, and we will communicate information to U.S. citizens as rapidly as possible,” he said. Price’s remarks followed the chaos that ensued at Kabul’s international airport as thousands of Afghans and others attempted to evacuate the country following the Taliban takeover on Sunday. Hamid Karzai International Airport, which is located five kilometers from the centre of the capital, is the last safe route out of Afghanistan, as Taliban militants control every border crossing. It is currently only accessible through Taliban checkpoints, The Guardian …

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