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Kabul Evacuation Flights “Paused” For Hours As Military Scrambles To Find Reception Facilities

Kabul Evacuation Flights “Paused” For Hours As Military Scrambles To Find Reception Facilities

As of Friday evening local time evacuation flights out of Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul have been “paused” according to CNN correspondents. 

According to White House correspondent Kaitlan Collins, “No flights have left the Kabul airport in the last eight hours,” per a CNN reporter who is on the ground at the airport. Reportedly evacuation stop-off points and facilities at US bases in the Gulf – where the bulk of the some over 10,000 of those Americans and Afghans already flown out have landed – are reaching capacity.

Via AFP

Reportedly US authorities are looking for new locations, including in Europe, for flights to land as Qatari facilities are said to be nearing capacity. CNN is further citing a “scramble” to address the logistics after the disastrous events of Monday clearly revealed the Biden administration was woefully unprepared. 

CNN’s Clarissa Ward writes that “Soldiers by the runway at Kabul airport tell me that there are 10,000 people here processed and ready to go… but nowhere to fly them to because Qatar is refusing to accept more Afghans because they’ve reached capacity.”

“It’s abysmal… someone needs to step up,” the official told her. This also comes after Monday’s chaotic events and security crisis as Afghans stampeded onto the runway resulted in deaths, including among people trampled.

The situation is also desperate as Americans are still trapped inside the capital city itself, with Taliban reportedly going door to door to look for them, especially Western defense contractors who may still be on the ground. 

There are reports of continued chaos as “the left hand doesn’t know what the right hand is doing” in terms of Biden admin evacuation efforts…

Needless to say the longer that flights are halted at the Kabul airport, the greater the danger for Taliban attacks outside or even upon the airport perimeter as the situation continues to unravel.

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It appears that overnight the flights are set to resume soon after an order from top Pentagon brass…

Tyler Durden
Fri, 08/20/2021 – 13:05

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