Crowds of people trying desperately to flee Afghanistan after Taliban insurgents took control of Kabul on Sunday huddled outside the city’s international airport on the night of August 18.
On Wednesday, the US Secretary of Defense said 4,500 troops were on the ground in Kabul to evacuate US citizens and others as well as maintaining security at Hamid Karzai International Airport.
Hundreds of Afghans and dozens of US citizens have been evacuated from Afghanistan in recent days, according to the US Air Force. Evacuations in Afghanistan were ongoing as of Thursday, August 19.
This footage shows crowds gathered at the airport at night. Those guarding the airport can be seen firing into the air. Credit: Rise to Peace via Storyful