Kabul: On Saturday, despair around Kabul Airport deepened and evacuation operations fell into chaos. US President Joe Biden warned that he could not predict the outcome of “one of the most difficult airlifts in history.”
Six days after the Taliban regained power in Afghanistan, crowds of people trying to escape their rule continued to sweep the international community.
Traffic, people, and checkpoints blocked the road to the airport, while families hoping to miraculously escape crowded around the barbed wire fences of the unofficial no-man’s land separating the Taliban from the U.S. military, as well as the remnants of the Afghan special forces that helped them.
A video of a U.S. soldier holding a baby over a wall at Kabul Airport provides the latest and tragic picture of total desperation, following the horrific footage of someone hanging outside the departing plane.
“Please, please, please help me… where should I go, what should I do,” one man, who said he worked for the US embassy in the mid-2000s, wrote on a WhatsApp group set up for people to share information on how to get out.
“I have tried to get there (to the airport) for some days, but I cannot reach. Please save me.”
Thousands of US soldiers are at the airport trying to shepherd foreigners and Afghans onto flights, but President Joe Biden admitted the troops’ presence offered no guarantees of safe passage.
“This is one of the largest, most difficult airlifts in history,” Biden said in a televised address.
“I cannot promise what the final outcome will be.”