NATO: ‘20 Killed At Kabul Airport’
By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent Worthy News
(Worthy News) – The NATO military alliance says at least 20 people died in the last week near Kabul airport in attempts to flee Afghanistan by plane after the Islamist Taliban group captured the capital.
A NATO official spoke amid reports of stampedes and crushing injuries, triggered in part by Taliban fighters firing into the air to “control the crowds.”
The tensions underscored the chaotic and, at times, deadly situation in Kabul as thousands seek sanctuary before the airlift operation ends.
U.S. President Joe Biden said Sunday discussions are underway to extend the U.S. military presence behind his August 31 deadline.
It comes amid pressure on the Biden administration over the situation in Kabul that critics have compared with the famed “Fall of Saigon” at the end of the Vietnam War in 1975.
Polls published Sunday from CBS News and NBC News show most Americans disapproving of President Joe Biden’s handling of the Afghanistan withdrawal.
The CBS poll shows 63 percent of people support withdrawal from Afghanistan, but 53 percent disapprove of the president on the chaos as evacuations continue.
The NBC poll finds that 60 percent disapprove of Biden’s handling of Afghanistan, with only 25 percent approving.
Overall the CBS poll shows the president’s general approval rating at 50 percent, down from 58 last month. NBC’s poll has his approval rating at 49 percent.
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