The U.S. State Department is advising American citizens in Kabul to shelter in place and not try to get to the Hamid Karzai International Airport until further notice.
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“The Department of Defense is working to restore a safe and secure environment, so that military and commercial flights can resume,” said State Department Spokesman Ned Price.
“Now, of course, the situation is evolving quickly, and we will communicate information to U.S. citizens as rapidly as possible,” he said.
Price spoke on a day when thousands of Afghans rushed into Kabul’s main airport, with some so desperate to escape the Taliban that they held onto a military jet as it took off and plunged to their deaths.
At least seven people died in the chaos, U.S. officials have said.
All flights at the airport — both military and civilian — were halted until Afghan civilians can be cleared from the runway, according to the Pentagon.
It says 1,000 more U.S. troops would be deployed to secure the airfield and back up the 2,500 already there.
Price delivered a warning to the Taliban.
“Any attempt to target, to threaten, to intimidate our personnel or our operations would be met with a swift and decisive response,” he said.