Since the Taliban’s takeover in Afghanistan, the US Embassy has told Americans stuck in the country to travel to the Kabul airport. Recently, however, the embassy has suggested they do not.
On August 18th, the US Embassy informed American citizens of potential security threats from Islamic State terrorists and releasing a warning that read, “THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT CANNOT ENSURE SAFE PASSAGE TO THE HAMID KARZAI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT.” At the time, the embassy’s statement read, “U.S. government-provided flights are departing. U.S. citizens, LPRs, and their spouses and unmarried children (under age 21) should consider traveling to Hamid Karzai International Airport.” By August 21st, the embassy suggested only those with specific guidance to travel to the airport should come.
The security alert reads, “Because of potential security threats outside the gates at the Kabul airport, we are advising U.S. citizens to avoid traveling to the airport and to avoid airport gates at this time unless you receive individual instructions from a U.S. government representative to do so.”
Afghanistan has five airports, however, the airport in the capital city of Kabul is the largest and is currently flooded with Afghanis attempting to flee the country. The American military has not dispatched rescue operations to bring troops and other citizens home from Afghanistan amid the Taliban’s takeover. Other countries, including Britain and Australia, have already begun this process.
ARTICLE: ANTOINETTE AHO
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