Taliban checkpoints, airport chaos hamper US bid to speed Kabul evacuation


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Taliban checkpoints, airport chaos hamper US bid to speed Kabul evacuation
Confusion reigns as paperwork issues and other problems keep many from being able to board planes out, though pace of flights still picks up with August 31 deadline looming
By Robert Burns, Matthew Lee and Lolita C. Baldor

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States struggled Thursday to pick up the pace of American and Afghan evacuations at Kabul’s airport, constrained by obstacles ranging from armed Taliban checkpoints to paperwork problems. With an August 31 deadline looming, tens of thousands remained to be airlifted from the chaotic country. Taliban fighters and their checkpoints ringed the airport — major barriers for Afghans who fear that their past work with Westerners makes them prime targets for retribution.

Hundreds of Afghans who lacked any papers or clearance for evacuation also congregated outside the airport, adding to the chaos that has prevented even some Afghans who do have papers and promises of flights from getting through. It didn’t help that many of the Taliban fighters could not read the documents. In a hopeful sign, State Department spokesman Ned Price said in Washington that 6,000 people were cleared for evacuation Thursday and were expected to board military flights in coming hours.

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Praying that God prevents a large-scale, tragic humanitarian crisis that would be the result of our current federal government. :pray