Chaos at Kabul airport as Taliban retakes Afghanistan


Chaos erupted at an airport in Kabul as Taliban war lords retook Afghanistan’s capital city.

Footage shows hundreds of desperate Afghans scrambling to get inside the Hamid Karzai International Airport and trying to board flights out of the country on August 16. Gunshots and explosions were heard amid the chaos.

The US State Department said it has approved the deployment of 6,000 more troops to the airport to facilitate evacuation.

Meanwhile, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has fled the country, saying he wanted to avoid bloodshed. Foreign diplomats have also been evacuated as the insurgents occupied the abandoned presidential palace and tightened their grip on the besieged country.

A Taliban spokesman said the war was ‘over’ and that the militants have accomplished their objective or retaking the Middle East country following two decades of western occupation started by former leaders George Bush and Tony Blair.

Mohammad Naeem said: ‘We have reached what we were seeking, which is the freedom of our country and the independence of our people. We will not allow anyone to use our lands to target anyone, and we do not want to harm others.’