Emergency civilian evacuation flights resumed from Kabul airport early Friday morning as U.S. officials warned further terrorist attacks can be expected.
A day after twin suicide bombings targeted the thousands of desperate people fleeing the Taliban takeover, AP reports the U.S. says “further attempted attacks are expected” ahead of the Tuesday deadline for foreign troops to leave.
The warning came as the Taliban mounted its own cordon around the airport and began challenging those seeking access to emergency flights.
The wire service report added Kabul residents confirmed several flights took off Friday morning, while the increasingly desperate crowd outside the airport was as large as ever.
Thursday marked the darkest day for U.S. forces in Afghanistan since August 2011 as they work to end America’s longest war and military leadership in Washington tries to prepare for an uncertain future in the strife-torn country.
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In one location, dozens of Taliban members with heavy weapons about 500 meters from the airport were preventing anyone from venturing forward.
Some U.S. allies have already ended their rescue efforts, in part to give the U.S. time to wrap up its evacuation work before getting 5,000 of its troops out by Tuesday.
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced Thursday that Britain’s own airlift will continue unchanged despite Thursday afternoon’s bombing with all flights ending by Friday night.
Defense Secretary Ben Wallace told Sky News there would be “eight or nine” evacuation flights on Friday, and they will be the last. British troops will leave over the next few days.
The Spanish government said it has ended its evacuation operation while French European affairs minister, Clement Beaune, said on French radio Europe 1 that France would stop “soon” but may seek to extend it until after Friday night.
AP contributed to this story