Pentagon: Kabul Airport Is Secured, Evacuations Have Resumed

Following the chaos and mayhem that occurred at Kabul’s international airport on Monday, U.S. officials say flights evacuating diplomats and civilians have resumed on Tuesday.

From Axios:

Operations were suspended on Monday after thousands of Afghan civilians stormed the airport’s runway in a desperate attempt to flee the Taliban. Seven people were killed during the chaos, including several who attempted to climb onto departing U.S. military planes.

Approximately 3,500 troops are on the ground at Kabul’s airport as of Tuesday morning, with 4,000 expected to be there by the end of the day, according to officials.

Approximately 700 to 800 people were evacuated on seven flights overnight, including 165 American citizens. The rest are a mix of special immigrant visa (SIV) applicants and foreign nationals.

Axios adds that the plan is to have one flight per hour depart from Hamid Karzai International Airport with the hope that 5,000 to 9,000 people can be evacuated from Kabul.

In their first press conference since overtaking Kabul, the Taliban declared they want peaceful relations with other countries and would respect the rights of women within the framework of Islamic law.

According to Maj. Gen. Hank Taylor, a Pentagon logistics expert, U.S. troops have had no violent or hostile interactions with the Taliban during the evacuation operations as yet.