KABUL, Afghanistan — The British subject says 7 Afghan civilians person been killed successful a panicked crush of radical trying to participate Kabul’s planetary airport, and the Pentagon said Sunday that it is formally seeking airlift assistance from commercialized airlines to relocate evacuees from Afghanistan erstwhile they person gotten retired of their country.
Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has activated the archetypal signifier of the Civil Reserve Air Fleet program, asking for 18 aircraft: 3 each from American Airlines, Atlas Air, Delta Air Lines and Omni Air; 2 from Hawaiian Airlines; and 4 from United Airlines.
Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby said the Department does not expect a large interaction to commercialized flights from this activation.
According to Kirby, those craft volition not alert into Hamid Karzai International Airport successful Kabul. They volition beryllium utilized to determination passengers from mode stations erstwhile they permission Kabul, allowing the U.S. subject to absorption connected the Afghanistan information of the evacuation.
The deaths happened amid the chaos of those fleeing the Taliban takeover of the country. It was conscionable the latest deadly incidental astatine the airdrome past week arsenic thousands effort to flight the country.
Last Monday, different 7 radical were killed successful akin incidents. Videoes showed hundreds rushing the tarmac connected the airdrome arsenic immoderate clung to the fuselage of U.S. Air Force Planes.
Meanwhile, a radical of fighters opposing the Taliban’s regularisation conflict Sunday against the insurgents successful the mountains and valleys to the northbound of Kabul, capturing respective agrarian districts.
While details of the warring stay unclear, it marks the archetypal organized absorption to emergence up against the Taliban since they blitzed crossed the state successful nether a week to prehend the bulk of the state and its capital.