Pentagon says U.S. and worldwide forces working to clear Kabul airport Reuters by way of

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. forces are working with Turkish and different worldwide troops to clear Kabul airport to permit evacuation flights to renew, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby (NYSE:) mentioned on Monday.

He instructed a information briefing Protection Secretary Lloyd Austin had approved the deployment of one other battalion to Kabul that might carry the variety of troops guarding the evacuation to about 6,000.

Gunmen on the airport shot at U.S. forces and U.S. troops had shot useless two armed Afghans, Kirby mentioned. He mentioned there have been preliminary indications that one U.S. service member had been wounded.

1000’s of civilians determined to flee Afghanistan thronged Kabul airport on Monday after the Taliban seized the capital, prompting the U.S. army to droop evacuations as the USA got here beneath mounting criticism at dwelling over its pullout.

Kirby mentioned no flights have been at the moment coming or going from the airport out of an abundance of warning and he didn’t know once they would resume, however U.S. forces had management of air site visitors management at Kabul.

A number of hundred folks had been flown out of the airport up to now and the tempo of evacuation would rely on the safety state of affairs, the spokesman mentioned.

“The U.S. army’s focus in the meanwhile in on security and safety on the airport and resuming air operations,” he mentioned.