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Sources: Taliban move helped US keep Afghans off Kabul airfield last week

The original plan to secure Kabul airport took the presence of Afghan security forces for granted, a US official said.
XVIII Airborne Corps assists with Kabul airport evacuation

Taliban fighters entered Kabul airport last week and drove Afghan civilians away from the runway following a breach in the US military’s perimeter, three US defense officials told Al-Monitor.

Thousands of panicked Afghans flooded onto the tarmac Aug. 16 from the southern side of the airport, home to the main commercial air terminal. The chaos temporarily halted evacuation flights and led to several deaths, triggering an investigation by the US Air Force.

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