Chaos, violence and reports of death have marked the evacuation from Afghanistan. Thousands of People swarmed the Hamid Karzai International Airport in an attempt to leave Kabul following the Taliban's takeover of the country. US and its NATO allies are scrambling to pull their people out as the Aug. 31 deadline looms. Many world leaders have urged the United States to delay its final exit from Afghanistan to ensure that all citizens of other countries can be evacuated safely.
Yet Taliban leaders rejected the suggestion from President Biden that American forces might remain past an Aug. 31 deadline to complete the operation, injecting fresh urgency into an already frantic process.
Biden said Tuesday that the United States intended to withdraw completely from Afghanistan at the end of the month as planned, rebuffing pleas from Britain, France and other NATO allies to keep troops in Kabul. The Pentagon has increased the number of flights, sending about 300 of the 5,800 Marines and soldiers home in anticipation of the conclusion of their rescue mission within a week. Questions remain about whether the military can sustain the pace as the deadline to end the operation draws near.
(Produced by Liang Peiyu, Chen Lidan and White Bai)