Evacuation Flights Restart at Kabul Airport After Taliban Take Over Capital: Official

U.S. military flights evacuating diplomats, Americans, and others out of Kabul restarted on Tuesday after the airport runway was cleared, said officials. “Runway in Kabul international airport is open. I see airplanes landing and taking off,” Stefano Pontecorvo, NATO’s civilian representative, wrote on Twitter Tuesday. In another tweet, Pontecorvo said the “situation [is] under control” at the airport, apparently the only way some will be able to fly out of Afghanistan after the Taliban took over the country and its capital. Under an accord signed by former President Donald Trump’s administration and the Taliban, the group agreed not to attack foreign forces as they leave the country. Thousands of American troops deployed to the country took control of the airport on Sunday, coming as the group captured Kabul’s presidential palace and declared victory. Video footage and witnesses said that throngs of people—mostly Afghans—crowded around planes to try and evacuate, prompting delays …

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