International News Aug 16, 2021 10:39 PM EST

Kabul airport sees at least seven deaths amid continued chaos

A string of chaotic and shocking events at Kabul's Hamid Karzai International Airport starting on Sunday has left at least seven people dead, possibly more.

Kabul airport sees at least seven deaths amid continued chaos
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A string of chaotic and shocking events at Kabul's Hamid Karzai International Airport beginning Sunday has left at least seven dead, possibly more.

On Monday, it was confirmed that two armed men were killed during a fierce firefight with the US military in which a group of armed men opened fire on a US position. Their identity and aims have not been confirmed.

Three more Afghan locals ran over and killed as they rushed in front of an Air Force jet in the midst of taking off. At least two more Afghans fell from deadly heights after trying desperately to hang on to the outside of another USAF aircraft long after takeoff, according to the Daily Wire.

Thousands of scared Afghanis could be seen running across the tarmac, trying their best to escape Kabul by any means necessary to avoid the Taliban, who retained control of Kabul and its stranglehold over the country.

One of the few remaining places controlled by the US military is the airport.

All commercial air traffic to and from Kabul has been suspended. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani fled the country on Sunday along several others. He fled to Tajikistan, though his whereabouts remain unknown.

President Biden spoke from the East Room on Monday afternoon to address the situation in Afghanistan, saying that the national security team is working to "respond to every contingency, including the rapid collapse we're seeing now."

He wanted to "remind everyone how we got here," saying that we "went to Afghanistan almost 20 years ago with clear goals," the undermine Al Qaeda's terrorist activities, and to hunt down Osama bin Laden, and "we got him," he said.

Biden said the goal was not "nation building," but was in "preventing a terrorist attack" on US land. He said he "opposed" Obama's surge in 2009, and that he's "adamant that we focus on the threats we face today."

The Pentagon deployed another 6,000 troops to aid in evacuations from the country, bringing the total number of troops deployed there to 6,000.

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