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US struggles to speed Kabul airlift despite Taliban, chaos


August 20, 2021

VICTOR J. BLUE, New York Times

People trying to flee the country gather outside of the international airport in Kabul, Afghanistan on Thursday, Aug. 19, 2021.

WASHINGTON - The United States struggled Thursday to pick up the pace of American and Afghan evacuations at Kabul airport, constrained by obstacles ranging from armed Taliban checkpoints to paperwork problems. With an Aug. 31 deadline looming, tens of thousands remained to be airlifted from the chaotic country.

Taliban fighters and their checkpoints ringed the airport - major barriers for Afghans who fear that their past work with Westerners makes them prime targets for retribution. Hundreds of Afghans who lacked any papers or clearance for evacuation also congregated outside the airport, adding to the chaos that has prevented even some Afghans who do have papers and promises of flights from getting through.

It didn't help that many of the Taliban fighters could not read the documents.


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