Scrambling to leave, Afghans gather near gates of Kabul airport

by Sami Burgaz

KABUL, AFGHANISTAN – AUGUST 22: Afghans on Sunday (Aug.22) gathered near the entrance gates of Kabul’s Hamid Karzai International Airport, hoping to get out of the war-torn country as a number of countries continue to evacuate their citizens and diplomats.

The Taliban seized control of Afghanistan after taking Kabul on Aug. 15, forcing the president and other top officials to leave the country.

Since the Taliban completed an unexpected power grab in Afghanistan, the capital has been swarmed by people rushing to flee Afghanistan, including civilians who assisted foreign soldiers or groups and now fear retribution.


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