Firefight Erupts at Kabul Airport as Security Situation Worsens in Afghanistan

A gunbattle broke out early Monday at Kabul’s airport, killing at minimum just one Afghan soldier, with the safety scenario deteriorating as the U.S. and its Western allies contemplate extending an evacuation operation that has been engulfed in chaos for far more than a 7 days.

Afghan, American and German soldiers were being included in an exchange of hearth early Monday that remaining just one Afghan soldier dead and three far more wounded, German military services officers claimed. No accidents to American or German soldiers were being described.

The conditions remained unclear, which includes who opened hearth, claimed the officers. Some remnants of the Afghan army that did not surrender when the Taliban swept by the country this month are performing with worldwide troops to deliver safety close to the perimeter of the U.S.-controlled airport.

The firefight underscored the problems dealing with the U.S. and its associates in Afghanistan as the Biden administration considers whether or not to lengthen the evacuation program previous a deadline it has set for Aug. 31. It has pledged to close those people endeavours and withdraw all U.S. troops from Afghanistan by then.

The Taliban seized Kabul on Aug. 15, next a swift-hearth conquest of most of the rest of the country. That has driven Westerners, along with countless numbers of Afghans who assisted them over the training course of two decades, to seek out to flee the country on evacuation flights the U.S. and its allies have organized over the previous 7 days.