With the deadline for U.S. withdrawal rapidly approaching, tensions in Afghanistan are escalating. At the Kabul airport a firefight broke out. (Story continues below.)
U.S. and German troops were involved in a firefight with “unidentified gunmen” at Kabul airport on Monday.
One former soldier of the dissolved Afghan National Security Forces was killed in the fight.
#UPDATE German and US forces joined in a gun battle Monday at the North Gate of Kabul airport after Afghan guards and unknown assailants exchanged fire, with one guard killed, the German army says
📸 British and Canadian soldiers patrol at Kabul airport pic.twitter.com/HFNzld49FP
— AFP News Agency (@AFP) August 23, 2021
The news was first published by the German military, which is still helping secure the airport. Taliban fighters reached the airport last week.
Taliban Threaten ‘Consequences’ If U.S. Extends Withdrawal
The chaotic retreat is still underway, as the Taliban are putting further pressure on the U.S.
“It’s a red line. President Biden announced that on 31 August they would withdraw all their military forces. So if they extend it that means they are extending occupation while there is no need for that.”
Anti-Taliban Fighters Still Fighting
Meanwhile, anti-Taliban militias are claiming to have “thousands” of fighters ready to fight the new regime.
National Resistance Front of Afghanistan (NRF) is putting up resistance in the country’s Northeast, near Kabul.
According to the Taliban, the resistance group is surrounded and under siege in its Panjshir valley stronghold.
The group does not stand that much chance on its own. However, continued resistance might inspire other fighters.
The increased tensions are not good news for the thousands of U.S. citizens that are still trapped in Afghanistan.