Fighting reported as Taliban surrounds US Embassy and Kabul Airport

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The death toll rose later in the day to at least seven, including reports of two armed men shot by US troops:

  • Heavy gunfire in the vicinity of Kabul International Airport
  • AL JAZEERA REPORTS ‘HEAVY SHOOTING’ IN KABUL INTL AIRPORT

Also according to the AP, “The head of US Central Command met face-to-face with senior Taliban leaders to urge their fighters not to interfere with the U.S. military’s evacuation operations at the airport in Kabul, a defense official says.”

Evacuation chaos continues as more and more US troops arrive at Kabul’s international airport to “restore order” – or at least get remaining Americans out.

Meanwhile, at the now abandoned and shuttered US Embassy CNN is on the ground mingling with the Taliban, apparently…

On Monday, the press reported shocking scenes of thousands of “utterly desperate” Afghan civilians fleeing their homes and mobbing the Kabul international airport tarmac in the wake of the rapid Taliban takeover of Kabul.

According to WSJ and other English-language media outlets, at least three people have died Monday during the frenzied struggle to leave. A group of 60 nations has asked the Taliban to allow any refugees who desire to leave the country to do so without inflicting harm on them or their families.

American troops are now attempting to secure and provide order at Karzai International Airport as military airlifts of American personnel continue. Shots have been fired as American troops arrive to find the security situation spiraling out of control, potentially making safe airport operations – including flights in and out – next to impossible if it’s not brought under order.