Taliban forces closed the Kabul airport on Saturday to most Afghans waiting to be evacuated, while the United States and its allies closed a chaotic airlift that will end the two decades of its troops in Afghanistan.
Western leaders recognized that their withdrawal would mean leaving behind some of their citizens and many locals who helped them over the years, and vowed to try to continue working with the Taliban to allow local allies to leave after the deadline. President Joe Biden’s Tuesday to retire. the country.
Although most of its allies had finished their evacuation flights, the United States planned to maintain its 24-hour flights until the deadline, saying 117,000 people had been evacuated since the Taliban took Kabul on August 15. Biden warned Saturday that commanders had told him it was “very likely that another attack would occur in the next 24 to 36 hours.”
Britain was conducting its final evacuation flights on Saturday, though Prime Minister Boris Johnson promised to “move heaven and earth” to bring more at risk from the Taliban to Britain by other means.
As the flow of planes out of Kabul slowed, others arrived at locations around the world with Afghans who managed to secure spots on recent evacuation flights, including in the Washington, Philadelphia, Madrid, Birmingham, England area. among others. Some were relieved and eager to start a new life away from the Taliban, but others were bitter at having to flee. / AP.