US Troops ‘Kill’ Two Armed Men At Kabul Airport Amid Evacuation Chaos In Afghanistan – Reports

US troops fatally shot two armed men at the international airport in Kabul on Monday, media cited an American official as saying, as the frenzied mass evacuation from Afghanistan continues.

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An unnamed official was cited as saying by The Wall Street Journal that the armed men were shot as they approached US troops providing security during the evacuation of American nationals.

At least three Afghans were run over as they clang to a US air force jet on the tarmac, according to the same official. The WSJ also cited witnesses who saw three bloodied bodies, including that of a woman, lying outside the terminal building.

Meanwhile, Kazakhstan has taken steps to increase the readiness of its armed forces due to the deteriorating situation in Afghanistan, the Kazakh Defense Ministry said Monday.

“In light of the deterioration of the situation in the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, the armed forces have taken measures to strengthen vigilance. First of all, this affects the units of special operations forces, frontline and transport aviation, and air defense,” the ministry said in a statement.

Defense Minister Nurlan Yermekbayev instructed the military to monitor and analyze the situation in the region, as well as maintain a round-the-clock alert, the statement said.

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Hamid Karzai International Airport, Kabul – Wikipedia

“We need to constantly evaluate the emerging risks and choose what is most relevant for us at the moment, where to apply our main efforts,” the minister was quoted as saying.

Meanwhile, the US has urged the Taliban to allow humanitarian organizations to continue their work in the country, US Permanent Representative to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield said on Monday.

“We also call on the Taliban to permit humanitarian organizations to continue their valuable work in Afghanistan,” Thomas-Greenfield said during an emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council on the issue of Afghanistan.

“We are deeply concerned that right now aid is not flowing to people in crisis. According to the World Food Programme, more than 500 tons of aid are currently sitting at border crossings taken over by Taliban forces.”

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The US envoy called upon the Taliban to provide the World Food Program with an immediate and sustained safe passage to deliver the food assistance.

On Sunday, the Taliban completed their takeover of Afghanistan by entering Kabul. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani resigned and left the country to prevent what he described as bloodshed that would occur if militants had to fight for the city.