A video shows chaos at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul on Sunday, as thousands of people tried to flee the Afghan capital after the Taliban retook power in Afghanistan.
The Afghan President Ashraf Ghani fled the country and insurgents took control of the lresidential palace, and they set up the Taliban to retake control of Afghanistan twenty years after being removed by US-led forces...
The US even deployed helicopters to evacuate diplomats and staff from its embassy in Kabul, with civilians swarming through the Aiport in an attempt to leave the country.
Many have already fled to the capital from other cities and towns in order to escape the Taliban's military, who have been pushing through the country over the past week.
Another Saigon moment: chaotic scenes at Kabul International Airport. No security. None. https://t.co/6BuXqBTHWk— Saad Mohseni (@Saad Mohseni) 1629058451.0
There were also reports of gunfire near the Kabul Airport, with the US embassy warning American's to avoid that area, as per The New York Times.
Witnesses told The times they heard gunshots, and thousands of people rushed into the already cramped civilian terminal in efforts to catch a flight out of the hostile country.
NOW - Chaos at #Kabul airport: Hundreds want to leave Afghanistan and are panicking. Gunshots can be heard. https://t.co/JW1jHRgcIq— Disclose.tv 🚨 (@Disclose.tv 🚨) 1629056120.0
And another video showed a group of people trying to get into a US cargo plane as it was ready to take off, with people lifting others onto the tarmac instead of walking up a ramp or staircase, questioning whether it had been swarmed beyond its passenger capacity as people tried to evacuate the country.
Afghans also frantically rushed to banks to withdraw their life savings before the Taliban closed in.
The Taliban has now seized 9 of Afghanistan's thirty-four provincial capitals according to BBC News, and are still threatening to take over more.
President Joe Biden himself even spoke out on the issue, exclaiming that although the US will continue to provide close airport support, pay military salaries, and supply Afghan forces with food and equipment, "they've got to fight for themselves", with no regrets in his move to withdraw his own troops from Afghanistan as the Taliban continue to make advances.
The Taliban ruled Afghanistan for 5 years, until they were invaded by US-led forces in 2001, and they were known for their brutal reputation, carrying out public executions, denying women rights, and persecuting minorities.
Now fastforward twenty years, and it's not much different...
In the areas that have been taken over yet again by the Taliban, they have: "Been executing people summarily, they have been lashing women, they have been shutting down schools. They have been blowing up hospitals and infrastructure," Husain Haqqani, a former Pakistani ambassador to the US said to NPR.
US Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta spoke to NPR and said: "The Taliban are terrorists, and they're going to support terrorists.
"If they take control of Afghanistan, there is no question in my mind that they will provide a safe haven for al-Qaida, for ISIS and for terrorism in general," he said. "And that constitutes, frankly, a national security threat to the United States."