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The United States sharply reduced its evacuation mission in Afghanistan on Monday, and the number of civilians airlifted from Kabul dropped sharply as its troops scrambled to withdraw before the deadline to end the 20-year war on Tuesday.
Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said that military commanders are sharing some downsizing logistics with Taliban commanders to “defuse conflicts and prevent misjudgments and misunderstandings.” He added: “So far, this communication has been effective.”
In recent days, as the United States has shifted its focus from evacuating civilians to withdrawing troops and equipment, the pace of airlift has slowed significantly.
The United States said on Monday that its military had evacuated about 1,200 people in the past 24 hours, compared with 6,800 people on Friday, and nearly 13,000 people were evacuated every day at the peak of the operation last week.
The Taliban told the Afghans on Monday that they would Blocked Even if they have visas and documents, don’t go to the airport.
In the context of the increasingly dangerous security situation in Kabul, final efforts to end the evacuation are underway, and the airport has become the target of successful suicide bombings and unsuccessful rocket attacks.
Isis claims to Launch a rocket to the airport On Monday, although there were no casualties. U.S. defense officials said that five rockets were launched at the airport, one of which was intercepted by the U.S. Rocket Defense System.
The attack happened after a fatal suicide Thursday explosion It killed 13 American service personnel, injured 14 others, and killed more than 100 civilians near the airport monastery gate.
After Biden vowed to “hunt down” the perpetrators, the United States launched at least two drone strikes in retaliation.
The Pentagon said on Monday that it was “evaluating and investigating” reports of about 10 civilian deaths caused by drone attacks on Sunday. “We can’t dispute this,” Kirby said.
He added: “There is no doubt that no army on the planet works harder than the U.S. army to avoid civilian casualties, and no one wants to see innocent lives taken away.”
The drone hit a crowded neighborhood in Kabul, causing controversy. The United States stated that it “successfully hit the target” and destroyed a vehicle carrying explosives, which will be used in the second airport attack. “A major secondary explosion of the target vehicle indicated the presence of a large amount of explosives.”
But in Kabul, news reports said a former US military translator and several of his children were killed in the strike.
Additional report by Amy Kazmin in New Delhi