Many people approved by the US State Department trying to leave Afghanistan have been unable to reach the airport in the capital of Kabul.
Nearly 20 years after a war launched in Afghanistan in the wake of 9/11, the long war in Afghanistan has unexpectedly reached its expectedly tragic conclusion, just under a month before the 20 year anniversary of the September 11 attacks.
Following the United States' exit of the failed war in Afghanistan and the evacuation of the American embassy on Monday, chaos descended on the effort to save US Citizens and those who risked their lives to help the United States.
Thousands of US Citizens and allies remain trapped, frantically looking for a way to get inside the airport, with record levels of civilians placed in danger – with children and women bearing the brunt of the violence.
These events have re-opened some emotional wounds left raw for many and left countless in anger, grief, rage, and despair. It’s not just troops, but aid workers, diplomats, emigration lawyers, non-profit organizations, community leaders, and Journalists who came together in a heroic effort to save people from a horrific fate.
News organizations are continuing efforts to get their journalists and photojournalists out of Afghanistan.
The Taliban continued to tighten their grip on Afghanistan's capital city on Wednesday, with militants controlling access to Kabul's airport. While U.S. Citizens have reported being unable to get into the airport for scheduled evacuation flights, those flights were continuing to take off – carrying Western diplomats, staff and their families, and some Afghan Citizens who've helped the Government — out of the country.
The U.S. embassy in Kabul advised Americans still trapped in Afghanistan: Go to the airport, but we can’t help you get there.
“THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT CANNOT ENSURE SAFE PASSAGE TO THE HAMID KARZAI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT."
As many as 10,000 U.S. nationals and their family members are still in Afghanistan.
On the same day, Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III; Joint Chiefs Of Staff Chairman General Mark Milley held a press briefing to address the situation at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul.
“Wherever there are threats, we are closely monitoring those,” U.S. Army Gen. Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said. “We will take immediate military action, without hesitation, in accordance with our rules of engagement — and the Taliban and every organization in that country know it.”
Our Editor-in-Chief, Alie Pierce received reports on the hurdles Americans and Afghans have been facing from trying to be approved by the State Department to attempting to get to Kabul's airport as Taliban fighters attempt to block access with security checkpoints, established curfews, along with gunfire and violence.
Chaos broke out overnight as hundreds of Afghans without the proper paperwork but desperate to flee crowded the streets near the airport.
Thursday morning, Pierce received a positive message about a family of six, who were able to make their way inside the airport, which was filled with about one thousand other people waiting to be evacuated.
In an exclusive interview with ABC News, President Biden said he is ramping up plans to evacuate US Citizens who want to leave the country before the troops are withdrawn with the goal to have them out by August 31st. He did not extend his promise of evacuations to thousands of Afghans who have worked side by side with our Government, who are also trying to escape a horrific fate.
The President insisted that the rapid collapse of the U.S. – backing the Afghan government to the Taliban was inevitable.
The U.S. military has gotten over 6,000 people out of Afghanistan since Saturday with an ultimate goal to reach up to 9,000 daily. But for those unable to have their paperwork processed in time, or unable to reach the airport, the future is bleak.