No flights land or leave Kabul airport, Pentagon says

US military planes resumed their flight to Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul on Monday evening after a break earlier in the da...


US military planes resumed their flight to Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul on Monday evening after a break earlier in the day as troops worked to secure the airport.

John F. Kirby, the Pentagon’s chief spokesman, said earlier Monday that a security breach on the civilian side of the airport had led the US Marines there – 2,500 on Monday morning – to halt flights .

He said that as of Tuesday morning, the military expected about 3,000 Marines to be on the ground at the airport to assist with the evacuation effort. Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III sends an additional 1,000 troops of the 82nd Airborne to Kabul, instead of Kuwait, to help secure the area.

By the end of the week, a total of 6,000 US troops will provide security at the airport and assist with the evacuation.

Mr Kirby also said there was a preliminary report that a US soldier was injured.

“All the footage that comes out is worrying and disturbing,” Kirby said, referring to a video of a US transport plane taking off from Kabul airport with desperate Afghans clinging to the wings. These people were later seen falling from the plane in midair.

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