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World Photos: Hundreds pour onto the tarmac at Kabul's international airport

07:50  19 september  2021
07:50  19 september  2021 Source:   latimes.com

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Wrenching scenes unfolded Monday at Kabul’s airport as thousands of Afghans tried to flee the Taliban takeover of the country, clambering over barriers, thronging the tarmac and even clinging to the side of a U.S. military transport plane before falling off. At least seven people were reported to have died in the chaos.

a group of people standing in a parking lot: Afghans sit on the tarmac on Aug. 16 as thousands of people mobbed the city's airport trying to flee the Taliban's feared hard-line brand of Islamist rule. (Wakil Koshar / AFP/Getty Images) © (Wakil Koshar / AFP/Getty Images) Afghans sit on the tarmac on Aug. 16 as thousands of people mobbed the city's airport trying to flee the Taliban's feared hard-line brand of Islamist rule. (Wakil Koshar / AFP/Getty Images)

The American military has taken control of the evacuation of diplomatic staff and allies, in a harrowing capstone on the two-decade U.S. military mission, but the deadly tumult left the airlift effort in crisis. The Taliban controls all land crossings out of the country, and for now, the capital’s airport is the only evacuation route.

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Pentagon spokesman John Kirby confirmed that two “armed Afghans” were killed by U.S. forces in the vicinity of the airport, and he said he was evaluating reports that at least one American service member was wounded.

A day after the Taliban assumed control of the capital and President Ashraf Ghani fled the country, most people in the capital cowered in their homes, staying out of sight. In the early morning, normally traffic-choked streets were eerily empty as Taliban fighters, many clad in sandals and traditional shalwar kameez, wielded automatic weapons on the streets and in city squares.

a group of people standing around a plane: People climb atop a plane at the international airport in Kabul. (AFP/Getty Images) © (AFP/Getty Images) People climb atop a plane at the international airport in Kabul. (AFP/Getty Images) a group of people wearing military uniforms: A U.S. soldier points his gun at an Afghan at the Kabul airport. (Wakil Kohsar / AFP/Getty Images) © (Wakil Kohsar / AFP/Getty Images) A U.S. soldier points his gun at an Afghan at the Kabul airport. (Wakil Kohsar / AFP/Getty Images) This satellite photo shows people on the tarmac at Kabul's international airport. (Satellite image ©2021 Maxar Technologies/AP) © (Satellite image ©2021 Maxar Technologies/AP) This satellite photo shows people on the tarmac at Kabul's international airport. (Satellite image ©2021 Maxar Technologies/AP) a group of people standing around a plane: People sit as they wait to leave the Kabul airport. (AFP/Getty Images) © (AFP/Getty Images) People sit as they wait to leave the Kabul airport. (AFP/Getty Images) a group of people walking up a hill: Afghans rush to the Hamid Karzai International Airport as they try to flee the capital. (Anadolu Agency/Getty Images) © (Anadolu Agency/Getty Images) Afghans rush to the Hamid Karzai International Airport as they try to flee the capital. (Anadolu Agency/Getty Images) a group of people standing in a parking lot: A volunteer carries an injured man as other people wait at the Kabul airport. (Wakil Kohsar / AFP/Getty Images) © (Wakil Kohsar / AFP/Getty Images) A volunteer carries an injured man as other people wait at the Kabul airport. (Wakil Kohsar / AFP/Getty Images) a group of people standing in front of a crowd: Passengers sit as they wait to leave the Kabul airport. (AFP/Getty Images) © (AFP/Getty Images) Passengers sit as they wait to leave the Kabul airport. (AFP/Getty Images)

Text by Marcus Yam and Laura King.

Photo editing by Jacob Moscovitch.

This story originally appeared in Los Angeles Times.

After two decades and billions spent, Afghan government collapses as Taliban takes Kabul .
The Taliban, which for hours had been in the outskirts of Kabul, announced soon after they would move farther into a city gripped by panic.Embattled President Ashraf Ghani fled the country as the Taliban entered the capital city of Kabul, and American troops scrambled to evacuate thousands of U.S. diplomats and Afghans from the U.S. Embassy.

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