Desperate to escape Afghanistan a large number of people thronged Kabul’s air terminal on Monday. Taliban held onto the capital. Chaotic scenes were seen at the airport and at least five people were reported killed. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani fled from Afghanistan on Sunday saying he wanted to avoid bloodshed.
The United State said clearing flights continued on Monday evening, following a few hours of delay.
In an address on Monday, US President Joe Biden defended his decision of withdrawal from Afghanistan.
“I stand decisively behind my choice,” President Biden said. “After 20 years I’ve learned the hard way that there was never a good time to withdraw US forces. That’s why we’re still there.”
The Taliban’s rapid capture of Kabul started analysis for the Joe Biden-drove US government.
The speed at which Afghan urban cities fell, in days as opposed to the months predicted by US intelligence, and fear of a Taliban crackdown on freedom of speech and human rights, especially women’s rights, have sparked criticism.