As the Afghan government falls to the Taliban, after a twenty year effective occupation of the country by U.S. forces draws to a close, the Kabul airport is quickly being used for evacuation. Events on the ground have been so fast-developing that Emirates was operating its usual flight into Kabul when it was forced to turn around due to events on the ground.
The Emirates flight to Kabul is forced to turn around as 🇺🇸 military obviously takes over the airport for only its evacuation use. There were surely many people booked on the return flight to Dubai. pic.twitter.com/e0KyAY7mKO
— Carl Bildt (@carlbildt) August 15, 2021
People have been flocking to the airport, hoping to get out, although most won’t be privileged enough to do so.
Current Afghan leadership, however, are better-positioned than most. (Mel Brooks said it best.)
A source at the Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul tells CNN a number of high-ranking Afghan officials, including some of President Ashraf Ghani’s advisers, have arrived and are waiting for a flight out. It's not clear where they're going.
— Kaitlan Collins (@kaitlancollins) August 15, 2021
Game over. pic.twitter.com/hvluHgr2Rg
— francesca mannocchi (@mannocchia) August 15, 2021
Meanwhile those who can flee over land are trying to do so.
LARGE NUMBERS OF ANSF FORCES RETREATING ACROSS UZBEKISTAN BORDER IN PANIC.
— INVESTMENT HULK (@INVESTMENTSHULK) August 14, 2021