Kabul airport reopens for evacuation operations after additional U.S. troops arrive

Kabul: After being closed for hours after a collapse in the safety of the asphalt that interrupted evacuation operations, Kabul’s Hamid Karzai International Airport (HKIA) was reopened early Tuesday in Afghanistan, a US general said. The airport reopened at 19:35 GMT on Monday, said Major General Hank Taylor, a logistics specialist in the Pentagon’s joint chiefs of staff. To help establish security for the airport, a C-17 transport plane was landed with U.S. Marines on board, and another loaded with an Army unit will land soon, General Taylor added.Read also – The Afghan government collapsed faster than expected, admits Biden | LIVE updates

Taylor said the United States was “responsible for air traffic control” at Hamid Karzai International Airport (HKIA) for military and commercial flights. He added that there were already about 2,500 US troops in Kabul to help organize the evacuation of thousands of Americans and Afghans working for them as translators and in other jobs. Also read – US Secretary of State speaks to Indian Foreign Minister about situation in Afghanistan

By the end of Monday (US time), he said there could be 3,000 to 3,500 on Earth. “Our focus right now is to maintain security at HKIA, continue to accelerate aviation operations while protecting Americans and Afghan civilians,” he said. Read also – Breaking News LIVE updates August 17, 2021: India administers record 86.29 Lakh vaccines, Maharashtra witnesses rise in delta variant cases

Now that the airfield is open, our mission is to ensure that it remains open so we can continue to accelerate flights in and out, he added.

The airport was closed down Monday after crowds of civilians took to the runways, the Pentagon said. Videos taken from the airport showed hundreds of Afghans flooding the runways trying to prevent the take-off of one of the U.S. transports.

(With agency input)

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