Two armed men were shot and killed by U.S. troops at Kabul’s Karzai International Airport.
This news comes as the dire situation continues to spiral out of control following Biden’s precipitous withdrawal of U.S. troops.
The Biden administration’s failure to understand the movement of the Taliban and provide effective preparation with the Afghan government has had devastating consequences.
The safety of American citizens who are still at the embassy in Afghanistan are in grave danger. The State Department has issued orders for Americans to take “shelter in place” — or, in other words, hide.
Now reports have surfaced that the airport is taking fire.
The U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan said in a statement, “The security situation in Kabul is changing quickly including at the airport. There are reports of the airport taking fire; therefore we are instructing U.S. citizens to shelter in place.”
The Wall Street Journal reported, “U.S. troops shot and killed two armed men at Kabul’s international airport, according to a U.S. official. The armed men, who numbered at least two, approached U.S. troops deployed to the airport to provide security and assist Americans and other individuals in a safe departure from Afghanistan, the official said. Few details were available about how things transpired between the U.S. troops and the armed men, who weren’t identified.”
The United States reportedly took over the airport on Sunday for the purpose of evacuating embassy personnel and the diplomatic team.
After Afghans broke through security and crowded on the airstrip and attempted to cling to departing planes, the U.S. suspended flights.
CNN’s Kaitlan Collins said, “The US military has suspended air operations at the Kabul airport while troops try to clear the airfield of Afghans who flooded the tarmac, per [CNN Pentagon correspondent Barbara Starr].”
Collins added, Biden’s national security advisers have made clear this a.m. they don’t consider the airport secure right now.”
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The international evacuation plan has been bottlenecked at Karzai International Airport. Bagram Air Base, located north of Kabul, was overrun with Taliban militants over the weekend after the U.S. turned the base over to the Afghan military last month. As The Daily Wire reported:
The Taliban took control of Bagram Air Base on Sunday, a former American airbase that the U.S turned over to the Afghanistan government last month.
The Taliban have reportedly released thousands of prisoners that were held at Bagram, including members of al Qaeda, the terror group that carried out the 9-11 attacks and prompted the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan in 2001. Bagram was under control of the U.S. military for roughly two decades before leaving it in control of the Afghan military in July as the U.S. pulled out of Afghanistan.
“The Taliban claims it overran Bagram Air Base and freed prisoners. Many high-value detainees were located there, including members of Al Qaeda. This will reverberate for years to come,” said Bill Roggio, Long War Journal editor, and terror analyst.
Along with its embassy personnel and diplomatic officials, the United States is also working to extract American citizens in Afghanistan and thousands of refugee visa holders. The Department of Defense is preparing to house up to 30,000 Afghan refugees at military bases in the U.S.
An unknown number of Americans are reportedly trapped behind Taliban checkpoints with no clear way to get to the airport for evacuation, according to Sen. Tom Cotton’s (R-AR) office.