US Embassy in Afghanistan tells citizens to stay away from airport

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Afghans gather outside the Hamid Karzai International Airport

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American citizens in Afghanistan should stay away from the international airport in Kabul, the U.S. Embassy now says.

“Because of potential security threats outside the gates at the Kabul airport, we are advising U.S. citizens to avoid traveling to the airport and to avoid airport gates at this time,” according to a Saturday security alert from the embassy.

The new guidance underscores the fast evolving situation on the ground as the U.S. scrambles to evacuate its citizens and Afghan allies from the clutches of the Taliban.

The U.S. is scrambling to evacuate its citizens and Afghan allies from the clutches of the Taliban.
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The Islamic fundamentalists have taken control of the capital — and the U.S. says they do not have the logistical capacity to enter the city and rescue individual Americans.

While the airport remains under U.S. control, the trek to the American oasis has become incredibly perilous, with militants setting up arbitrary and often violent checkpoints along the road, according to CNN.

US Air Force, a US Air Force loadmaster.
The new guidance underscores the fast evolving situation on the ground.
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The latest embassy update is another black mark on President Biden’s claim that Americans and their allies have been permitted to get to the Kabul airport.

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