- Title: Taliban man checkpoints around Kabul airport as evacuations near end
- Date: 29th August 2021
- Summary: KABUL, AFGHANISTAN (AUGUST 28, 2021) (REUTERS) TALIBAN FIGHTERS GATHERED NEAR HAMID KARZAI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT SIGN READING (Dari, Pashto, English): "HAMID KARZAI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT" TALIBAN FIGHTERS GATHERED NEXT TO A VEHICLE WITH A FLAG ATTACHED TALIBAN FLAG ATTACHED TO A VEHICLE VARIOUS OF TALIBAN FIGHTERS NEXT TO MILITARY VEHICLES (SOUNDBITE) (Dari) KABUL RESIDENT, ALLAUDIN, SAYING: "What America did cause much irregularity, and the road is closed. The people have problems and (America) should have done something to make things easier for the people. Those who don't have passports and people who have all come here and (it's) created many problems." VARIOUS OF TALIBAN FIGHTERS HOLDING GUNS TALIBAN FIGHTERS GATHERED NEXT TO A MILITARY VEHICLE VARIOUS OF TALIBAN FIGHTERS GATHERED NEXT TO A MOTORBIKE VARIOUS OF TALIBAN FIGHTERS MANNING MAKESHIFT ROADBLOCKS AND TALKING TO PEOPLE IN VEHICLES
- Embargoed: 12th September 2021 04:05
- Keywords: Hamid Karazai International Airport Taliban checkpoints evacuation
- Location: KABUL, AFGHANISTAN
- City: KABUL, AFGHANISTAN
- Country: Afghanistan
- Topics: Asia / Pacific,Conflicts/War/Peace,Insurgencies
- Reuters ID: LVA001ESBZJGN
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- Story Text:Taliban fighters stepped up their presence at Kabul's Hamid Karzai International Airport on Saturday (August 28), as the U.S. warned there was a high risk of further blasts and international evacuation efforts continued to wind down.
Armed Taliban fighters were seen guarding entrances into the airport and manning checkpoints, as they tightened control of the area, preventing locals from coming near the airport.
Gunfire was heard at the airport on Saturday, with tear gas also seen rising from the area. One witness noted that crowds by the airport have thinned out with an increase in Taliban checkpoints.
U.S. forces are now in the final phase of their evacuation from Kabul and just over 1,000 civilians inside the airport remain to be flown out before troops are withdrawn, a Western security official in the Afghan capital said on Sunday (August 29).
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