Scramble to complete Kabul airlift
August 25, 2021 - Western troops at Kabul airport are working frantically to evacuate huge numbers of people after Joe Biden rejected the pleas of G7 allies to keep troops in Afghanistan beyond the end of August.
In one of the biggest such airlifts ever, the United States and its allies have evacuated more than 82,300 people, including their citizens, NATO personnel and Afghans at risk, since Aug. 14, the day before the Taliban swept into the capital Kabul to bring to an end a 20-year foreign military presence.
U.S. President Joe Biden said U.S. troops in Afghanistan faced mounting danger and aid agencies warned of an impending humanitarian crisis for the population left behind.
The Taliban said all foreign evacuations must be completed by August 31, and asked the U.S. to stop urging talented Afghans to leave, while also trying to persuade people at the airport to go home, saying they had nothing to fear.