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Pentagon: All military, civilian flights halted at Kabul airport due to crowds on runways

Afghan families walk by planes at the airport in Kabul on August 16, 2021. (Wakil Kohsar/AFP)
Afghan families walk by planes at the airport in Kabul on August 16, 2021. (Wakil Kohsar/AFP)

WASHINGTON — All military and civilian flights have been halted at the Kabul airport because of the crowds of civilians that have surged out onto the runways, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby says.

“US military forces are on the scene working alongside Turkish and other international troops to clear the area of people. We do not know how long this will take,” Kirby says.

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