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Terror at Kabul airport: At least five killed amid chaotic scenes as US troops fire shots in the air

At least five folks have been killed at Kabul airport as 1000’s of Afghans tried desperately to get on flights out of the nation amid more and more chaotic scenes. 

US troops fired shots in the air at Hamad Karzai airport to stop tons of of civilians working onto the tarmac after they took over Afghanistan’s air visitors management. Witnesses stated it was not clear whether or not the victims have been killed by gunshots or in a stampede.

Panicked Afghans have been additionally seen climbing up the outdoors of an airbridge in a bid to get onboard planes and chasing a US army C-17 down the runway.  

All industrial companies have been suspended, with solely army flights leaving the nation as the UK, US and different western international locations repatriate their residents. 

It comes as the Ministry of Defence confirmed the first British nationals had landed at RAF base Brize Norton after being evacuated from Kabul.  

The Taliban swept into the capital on Sunday after the Western-backed authorities collapsed and President Ashraf Ghani fled the nation, bringing a surprising finish to a two-decade marketing campaign in which the US and its allies had tried to rework the nation. 

The US Embassy has been evacuated and the American flag lowered, with diplomats relocating to the airport in scenes paying homage to the evacuation of the embassy of Saigon in 1975. Other Western international locations have additionally closed their missions and are flying out employees and civilians.  

Almost all main checkpoints in Kabul have been beneath Taliban management by Monday morning and Afghanistan’s Civil Aviation Authority issued an advisory saying the ‘civilian aspect’ of the airport had been ‘closed till additional discover’ and that the army managed the airspace. 

Taliban officers stated everybody can be allowed to return house from Kabul airport in the event that they resolve to remain in the nation and promised civilians wouldn’t be harmed. The group beforehand stated westerners can be allowed to go away the nation however that Afghans can be barred from departing. 

US troops are guarding the airport and have taken over air visitors management, however all non-military flights are grounded. Early Monday morning, flight-tracking knowledge confirmed no fast industrial flights over the nation.

Video posted social media confirmed tons of of individuals scampering with their baggage towards the security of the airport terminal with the sound of gunfire breaking out.  

It comes as: 

  • Taliban fighters have been seen patrolling the streets of Kabul as 1000’s of hopeful Afghans gathered on the runway at Hamid Karzai airport making an attempt desperately to flee from Afghanistan;  
  • German Chancellor Angela Merkel stated troops can be deployed to Afghanistan to evacuate German residents and Afghans in hazard from the Taliban; 
  • The US ambassador and embassy employees fled Afghanistan after Taliban forces stormed Kabul;    
  • President Biden ordered about 5,000 troops to assist evacuate US employees ‘and different allied personnel’;
  • PM Boris Johnson stated stated the US determination to withdraw from Afghanistan had ‘accelerated’ the disaster;
  • British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab was pressured to return to the UK from his vacation overseas; 
  • Tory MPs known as fallout from Anglo-US withdrawal ‘Britain’s worst international coverage catastrophe since Suez’;
  • MPs are anticipated to to vent their anger and frustration after they return to Westminster on Wednesday for an emergency recall of Parliament to debate the disaster;
  • President Biden defended the withdrawal of US troops and blamed his predecessor Donald Trump for a deal that left the warlords ‘in the strongest position militarily since 2001’; 
  • US Secretary of State Antony Blinken insisted the scene in Afghanistan is just not akin to the fall of Saigon as he diverted blame for the Taliban takeover on Republicans.

US troops fired shots into the air at Kabul airport right now as determined Afghans climbed up the outdoors of airbridges making an attempt to flee as the Taliban took management of Afghanistan

 Video posted social media confirmed tons of of individuals making an attempt to climb the outdoors of airbridges to board industrial liners grounded in Hamad Karzai airport

At least five folks have been killed at Kabul airport as 1000’s of individuals tried desperately to get on flights out of Afghanistan amid more and more chaotic scenes. Witnesses stated it was not clear whether or not the victims have been killed by gunshots or in a stampede

US troops fired shots in the air at Hama Karzai airport to stop tons of of civilians working onto the tarmac after they took management of the airport in Kabul and the nation’s air visitors management

Thousands of Afghans gathered at Kabul’s Hamid Karzai airport, however all industrial companies have been suspended, with solely army flights leaving the nation as the UK, US and different western international locations repatriate their residents

US troops are guarding the airport and have taken over air visitors management, however all non-military flights are grounded. Early Monday morning, flight-tracking knowledge confirmed no fast industrial flights over the nation even as 1000’s of Afghans flooded Kabul airport

In a surprising rout, the Taliban seized almost all of Afghanistan in simply over per week, regardless of the billions of {dollars} spent by the US and NATO over almost twenty years to build up Afghan safety forces

US troops are guarding the airport and have taken over air visitors management, however all non-military flights are grounded. Soldiers fired warning shots in the air to stop tons of of civilians working onto the tarmac, a US official stated

Desperate Afghans have been seen chasing US army C-17s as the evacuation flights took off from Kabul airport on Monday

Thousands of individuals have been seen sprinting throughout Kabul airport’s runway as they desperately attempt to board the final flights out of Afghanistan after the Taliban swept the capital 

American troopers fired warning shots in the air to stop tons of of civilians working onto the tarmac, a US official stated.

‘The crowd was uncontrolled,’ the official advised Reuters by telephone. ‘The firing was solely completed to defuse the chaos.’

Several dozen French residents are to be repatriated by airplane from Afghanistan, French Armed Forces minister Florence Parly advised France Info radio on Monday, as Western nations scrambled to evacuate their residents.  

Defence Secretary Ben Wallace stated the army aspect of Kabul airport was safe and that Britain was doing every little thing it may to evacuate British residents and Afghans with hyperlinks to Britain.

‘Our goal is… about 1200 to 1500 exit a day in the capability of our airplanes, and we’ll hold that move,’ he stated.

Britain has relocated its embassy to Kabul airport from the metropolis. Asked what he would really feel to see the Taliban flag flying over the former British embassy constructing in Kabul, Wallace stated:

‘Symbolically, it is not what any of us needed.’ 

Wallace later advised BBC Radio 4’s Today programme:  ‘President Biden inherited a momentum, a momentum that had been given to the Taliban as a result of they felt that they had now gained, he’d additionally inherited a momentum of troop withdrawal from the worldwide group, the US.’

‘So I believe in that sense, the seeds of what we’re seeing right now have been earlier than President Biden took office. The seeds have been a peace deal that was [effectively] rushed, that wasn’t completed in collaboration correctly with the worldwide group after which a dividend taken out extremely shortly.’

MP Tobias Ellwood, former captain in the British Army and chairman of the defence choose committee, criticised the West for pulling out of Afghanistan.

Appearing on Sky News, he stated: ‘The world is now slightly bit extra harmful as a result of they’ve now taken management of the nation, and the West ought to actually dangle its head in disgrace after abruptly abandoning Afghanistan to a civil warfare after twenty years of effort.’

He added: ‘This is just not a very good day for the West at all, and China will probably be observing issues very, very carefully certainly. They are already making alliances with the Taliban and glossing over the human rights atrocities which are more likely to unfold.’ 

Defence Secretary Ben Wallace stated the army aspect of Kabul airport was safe and that Britain was doing every little thing it may to evacuate British residents and Afghans with hyperlinks to Britain

It comes as the Ministry of Defence confirmed the first British nationals had landed at RAF base Brize Norton after being evacuated from Kabul

Passengers arrived in RAF base Brize Norton after an evacuation flight from Kabul following the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan

Thousands of Afghans have been at Hamad Karzai airport desperately making an attempt to flee the nation after the Taliban swept the capital on Sunday

Taliban members have been seen patrolling the streets of Kabul on Monday morning after sweeping throughout the capital on Sunday

Taliban fighters eliminated the Afghan nationwide flag and raised the group’s white flag in Kabul on Sunday after sweeping throughout the nation and forcing President Ashraf Ghani to flee

Taliban members have been seen patrolling the streets of Kabul on Monday as the US and UK hurried to evacuate their ambassadors and residents from Afghanistan

Taliban fighters guard a roadside close to the Zanbaq Square in Kabul on Monday after the group swept the capital, forcing President Ashraf Ghani to flee

Pakistan’s state-run airline says it has halted all flights to Afghanistan’s capital of Kabul due to the ‘unsure safety state of affairs’ there.  

Spokesman Abdullah Hafeez stated Monday that Pakistan International Airlines determined to guard passengers, the crew and the planes after consulting the Afghan civil aviation authorities. He spoke as embassies scrambled to evacuate personnel and Afghan staff via the airport. 

Australia is sending three transport and air-to-air refueling jets with 250 army personnel to repatriate greater than 130 Australians and their households from Afghanistan, officers stated on Monday.

Australia can be working to evacuate an undisclosed variety of refugees, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison stated in a press release.

An Airbus A330 airliner modified for aerial refueling would help US-led operations in Afghanistan later this week, Australia’s Defense Department stated in a press release. Two C-17A Globemaster heavy transport plane would even be despatched to the Middle East, the assertion stated.

Australia shut its Kabul embassy in May and withdrew the final of its troops from Afghanistan in June. 

Germany Chancellor Angela Merkel stated troopers can be deployed to Afghanistan to assist with the evacuation of Germany nationals and Afghans in hazard from the Taliban, parliamentary sources stated.

The authorities is planning to hunt a mandate from parliament to permit the deployment of as many as ‘a number of hundred troopers’, the sources advised AFP, citing a briefing by Merkel to leaders of parliamentary teams late on Sunday. 

Portugal’s protection minister says his nation is ready to take in 243 Afghans, and their households who labored with Portuguese forces stationed in the nation.

Defense Minister Joao Gomes Cravinho stated NATO is coordinating the evacuation of the Afghans as a result of Portugal doesn’t have the army capability to take action. He advised public broadcaster RTP late Sunday he isn’t conscious of any Portuguese residents dwelling in Afghanistan.

Portugal had a small detachment of fewer than 200 troops stationed at Kabul airport, as a part of the NATO mission in the nation. The final ones pulled out at the finish of May. 

While Swedish Foreign Minister Ann Linde stated on Monday that 19 embassy staff had been evacuated from Kabul to Doha, Qatar and that they may ultimately flown to Sweden.

Earlier Monday, Norway and Denmark stated that the bulk of the embassy employees have been out of Afghanistan.  

Denmark’s Defense Minister Trine Bramsen advised Danish broadcaster DR that whereas most Danish diplomats had been evacuated, ‘there are nonetheless Danes,’ and others in the nation nonetheless to be flown out.

Challenges embody with the ability to land at Kabul’s chaotic airport, he stated. But there is a wrestle, too, to get folks to the airport, ‘a really tough operation,’ Bramsen was quoted as saying.   

Italy’s evacuated 70 embassy employees and Afghan staff from the capital metropolis of Kabul with the airplane scheduled to reach in Rome on Monday. 

The evacuation is a part of Italy’s Operation Aquila Omnia (Eagle Ready for Anything) to shortly evacuate Italian diplomatic employees, residents and Afghan staff and relations. Italy had one in every of the largest contingents in Afghanistan earlier than the pullout.

Italian journalist Francesca Mannocchi, who was on the airplane, stated that it was carrying 20 Afghan embassy staff and their households, together with ladies and youngsters. Prior to the Taliban advance, 228 Afghanis and their households had been transferred to Italy.

Officials declined to provide variety of what number of remained, however Italian media reported over the weekend that some 390 Afghan residents and their relations have been awaiting evacuation. 

The first Czech evacuation flight has taken off from Kabul’s worldwide airport and landed in Prague. Prime Minister Andrej Babis stated 46 folks have been on board Monday’s flight.

They included Czech nationals, the Afghan staffers at the Czech embassy and Afghan interpreters who helped the Czech armed forces throughout NATO missions along with their households.

Babis did not instantly present extra particulars. It’s not clear what number of such flights will observe.

Czech Interior Minister Jan Hamacek tweeted that given the deteriorating state of affairs at Kabul’s airport, it was ‘a miracle’ that the Czech flight managed to take off.  

Saudi Arabia says it has evacuated all its diplomats from its embassy in the Afghan capital, and New Zealand’s authorities is sending a airplane to assist its folks depart the nation.

Saudi Arabia stated all employees have been evacuated from the embassy in Kabul on Sunday because of the altering circumstances on the floor, becoming a member of different international locations which have additionally shuttered their embassies as the Taliban advance on the Afghan capital.

New Zealand’s authorities says its sending a C-130 Hercules army transport airplane to Afghanistan to assist with the evacuation of 53 New Zealanders and dozens of Afghanis and their fast households who helped New Zealand troops after they have been stationed there.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern stated that they had thus far recognized 37 Afghanis who had helped, however the variety of evacuees can be in the tons of as soon as dependents and others have been included.

Defense officers say they’ve deliberate for a monthlong mission involving at least 40 army personnel tasked with servicing and defending the airplane. Ardern requested that the Taliban permit folks to go away peaceably: ‘The complete world is watching,’ she stated.

South Korea’s Foreign Ministry stated it has ‘quickly closed’ its embassy in Kabul and evacuated most of its employees to an unspecified third nation in the Middle East.

The ministry stated a couple of diplomats, together with Ambassador Choi Taeho, stay at a secure location in Afghanistan to help the evacuation of a South Korean nationwide in the nation and that the Seoul authorities is carefully working with the United States and different international locations to make sure their secure evacuation.

Afghanistan has been on South Korea’s journey ban listing since 2007. There have been reportedly round five South Koreans dwelling in Afghanistan earlier than the Seoul authorities in June known as for all of them to go away the nation inside 10 days as the United States and NATO proceeded with troop pullouts.

Footage on Sunday captured the sound of US gunshots after 1000’s of Afghans packed into Kabul’s Hamid Karzai airport determined for a flight out of the nation

The United States had earlier launched a press release with greater than 65 nations urging the Taliban to let Afghans depart the nation, warning of accountability for any abuses.

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres urged the Taliban and all events to ‘train restraint’ and stated the rights of ladies and women, who suffered beneath the earlier Taliban regime, have to be protected. 

The US authorities has insisted in latest days that its twenty years of warfare in Afghanistan was a hit, outlined by quashing the Al-Qaeda menace.

President Joe Biden additionally stated he was decided there was no selection however to withdraw American troops, as he wouldn’t ‘move this warfare’ onto one other president.

But Washington was left shocked by the speedy collapse of the Afghan authorities, and critics have stated the United States’ status as a world energy has been badly tarnished.

‘America’s credibility as an ally is diminished,’ stated Husain Haqqani, Pakistan’s former ambassador to the United States.

The Taliban freed 1000’s of prisoners as they swept throughout the nation as the police melted away in latest days. There have been scattered studies of looting and armed males knocking on doorways and gates.

The Taliban deployed fighters at main intersections and sought to project calm, circulating movies displaying quiet metropolis streets.

‘There have been a couple of Taliban fighters on every highway and intersection in the metropolis,’ Shah Mohammad, a 55-year-old gardener, stated after coming to work in the diplomatic quarter. He stated there was much less visitors than standard and fewer folks out on the streets.

Suhail Shaheen, a Taliban spokesman, tweeted that fighters had been instructed to not enter any house with out permission and to guard ‘life, property and honor.’  

The velocity of the Taliban advance has taken virtually everybody unexpectedly and Afghans who had booked industrial flights to flee the Taliban face being pressured to stay in Afghanistan.

Westerners will probably be evacuated by their house nations on army flights however the Taliban has stated that it’ll not permit Afghan residents to go away.

Tens of 1000’s of interpreters and officers who helped the Western-backed Afghan authorities are determined to flee the nation for worry of reprisals by the Taliban.

Crowds gathered at Kabul airport making an attempt to flee the nation after the Taliban swept via the capital and successfully took energy in Afghanistan

Cars clogged the streets of Kabul as 1000’s of Afghans desperately tried to flee the nation as the Taliban swept the capital

On Sunday the US led greater than 65 nations in urging the resurgent Taliban to let Afghans depart the nation, warning of accountability for any abuses. 

‘The United States joins the worldwide group in affirming that Afghans and worldwide residents who want to depart have to be allowed to take action,’ Secretary of State Antony Blinken wrote on Twitter as the State Department launched a press release signed by its shut allies. 

‘Those in positions of energy and authority throughout Afghanistan bear duty – and accountability – for the safety of human life,’ the joint assertion stated. 

A NATO official stated all industrial flights had been suspended and solely army plane have been allowed to function. The alliance stated it was serving to to maintain the airport working (pictured: Scenes at Kabul airport) 

Harrowing footage present folks ready close to Kabul Airport’s runway to flee from the nation’s capital – as the Taliban entered the presidential palace

Pictured: Chaotic scenes at Kabul airport as Taliban insurgents enter Kabul amid a withdrawal of western forces

Images present Kabul Airport descending into chaos as the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan continues

Scenes from the Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul are pictured above

Pictured: Scenes at the airport in Kabul as the Taliban enter Afghanistan’s capital 

A NATO official stated all industrial flights had been suspended and solely army plane have been allowed to function. The alliance stated it was serving to to maintain the airport working. 

Following a meeting of the Government’s Cobra emergencies committee on Sunday, Boris Johnson his precedence was to get UK nationals and Afghans who had labored with them out of the nation ‘as quick as we are able to’.

Boris Johnson urges the West NOT to recognise Taliban authorities 

Boris Johnson is urging western international locations to not recognise the Taliban as the authentic authorities of Afghanistan and says the nation should not turn out to be a ‘breeding floor for terror’, after he was seen posing for footage with Team GB Olympians. 

The Prime Minister has earlier posed for publicity footage with athletes at an occasion in London as Downing Street stated ministers and senior officers would meet on Sunday afternoon to debate the worsening state of affairs.

And it emerged Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab had flown again to Britain from his abroad vacation, breaking his silence on the war-torn nation. He stated the world should inform the Taliban ‘the violence should finish and human rights have to be protected’. 

The Foreign Office refused to say the place the Foreign Secretary was however stated he was anticipated to land in the UK right now. 

Following an emergency meeting of Cobra yesterday, Mr Johnson known as for a ‘united position amongst the like-minded’ and stated it was ‘clear’ there may be ‘going to be very shortly a brand new authorities in Kabul, or a brand new political dispensation’.

He stated the state of affairs in Afghanistan stays ‘tough’, and the Government’s precedence is ‘to verify we ship on our obligations to UK nationals in Afghanistan, to all those that have helped the British effort… over 20 years and to get them out as quick as we are able to.’ 

He advised Sky News: ‘We don’t desire anyone bilaterally recognising the Taliban, we wish a united position amongst all the like-minded, in as far as we are able to get one, in order that we do no matter we are able to to stop Afghanistan lapsing again into being a breeding floor for terror.’ 

‘We are going to get as many as we are able to out in the subsequent few days,’ he stated.

Around 4,000 British nationals and eligible Afghans are regarded as in the metropolis and in want of evacuation.

When the Operation Pitting rescue operation, involving 600 troops, was introduced at the finish of final week, Defence Secretary Ben Wallace stated it may keep on via the remainder of the month.

However the velocity of the Taliban advance means that there might solely be a brief window of some days to get folks out.

In an indication of the determined state of affairs the British ambassador Sir Laurie Bristow was stated to be serving to the small crew of diplomats nonetheless in the nation to course of the purposes of these hoping to go away.

There was specific concern for the security of Afghans who labored with British forces after they have been in the nation as interpreters and different roles amid fears of reprisals in the event that they fall into the palms of the insurgents.

The Taliban insisted that they have been in search of a peaceable takeover of energy and have been ready to supply an amnesty to those that had labored with the Afghan authorities or with international governments.

However these assurances have been being handled with deep scepticism by many British MPs amid studies of threats to those that stay and their households.

Heavily armed Taliban fighters fanned out throughout the capital, and several other entered Kabul’s deserted presidential palace. 

Suhail Shaheen, a Taliban spokesman and negotiator, stated that the militants would maintain talks in the coming days aimed at forming an ‘open, inclusive Islamic authorities.’

But he refused to ensure that Afghans can be allowed to go away the nation, telling the BBC: ‘We want all Afghans to remain’. 

He stated Taliban forces wouldn’t assault NATO groups overseeing evacuations, however stated help organisations and international embassies ought to keep, saying ‘We will not harm them’.

Boris Johnson has vowed to get as many as doable of the Afghans who labored with the UK out of the nation as the Taliban stood poised to take management of the capital Kabul.

With President Ashraf Ghani fled, and rebel fighters surrounding the capital, the Prime Minister stated the state of affairs was ‘extraordinarily tough’.

‘The Taliban have gained with the judgement of their swords and weapons, and are actually accountable for the honour, property and self-preservation of their countrymen,’ Ghani stated after fleeing.

After chairing a meeting of the Government’s Cobra contingencies committee he stated the UK was decided to work with allies to stop the nation once more changing into a ‘breeding floor for terror’.

Britain has despatched 600 troops – together with Paras from 16 Air Assault Brigade – to help in the operation.

Meanwhile different Western international locations have been scrambling to get their folks out, with helicopters shuttling from the US embassy to the airport whereas smoke was seen coming from the embassy rooftop as diplomats burned delicate materials.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken had stated earlier on Sunday that US embassy employees have been ferried by helicopter from the diplomatic compound to the airport, about  5km (3 miles) away on the northeastern aspect of the metropolis.

‘We’re working to guarantee that our personnel are secure and safe. We’re relocating the women and men of our embassy to a location at the airport,’ Blinken advised ABC information.

Asked if the evacuation was evocative of the US departure from Vietnam in 1975, he stated: ‘Let’s take a step again. This is manifestly not Saigon.’   

A US Chinook helicopter flies over the metropolis of Kabul as diplomatic automobiles depart the compound after the Taliban superior on the Afghan capital

Sources advised Reuters that the majority U.S employees have been anticipated to be evacuated from Kabul in the coming day or two.

A NATO official stated all industrial flights had been suspended and solely army plane have been allowed to function. The alliance stated it was serving to to maintain the airport working.

France and Germany, members of NATO, stated on Sunday they have been transferring their diplomats to the airport and sending army transport planes to Kabul to evacuate their residents and their Afghan helpers.

A US intelligence evaluation earlier in the week had stated Kabul might be encircled in 30 days and will fall to the Taliban inside 90 days, however the insurgents captured most of Afghanistan’s main cities in lower than per week and entered the capital on Sunday.

Some 4,200 folks remained in the US embassy till Thursday, when the Taliban’s speedy good points pressured the Biden administration to start flying in 1000’s of troops to assist pull out a lot of the remaining diplomats.

The Taliban standing on a roadside in Kandahar after taking up extra components of Afghanistan. The scale and velocity of the Taliban advance has shocked Afghans and the US-led alliance that poured billions into the nation

UK army personnel boarding an RAF Voyager plane at RAF Brize Norton on August 14, 2021 to journey to Afghanistan

People wait at the airport in Kabul as the Taliban roll again into the nation’s capital 

Taliban are seen inside the presidential palace in Kabul amid a withdrawal of western forces

The deployment included a further 1,000 troopers from the 82nd Airborne Division, who President Joe Biden stated on Saturday would assist evacuate residents and guarantee an ‘orderly and secure’ drawdown of US army personnel.

On Sunday, US officers stated they have been weighing whether or not extra troops have been wanted. Another 3,000 are on standby in Kuwait.

Washington invested billions of {dollars} over 4 US administrations in Afghan authorities forces, giving them benefits over the Taliban, however they have been unable to defend the nation in the face of the militants’ advance, Blinken advised CNN.

The United States’ unique mission in Afghanistan, launched to oust al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden after the Sept. 11, 2001, assaults, had been fulfilled, Blinken stated, saying Washington had prevented additional assaults by militants harbored by the Taliban.

But Biden has confronted rising home criticism after sticking to the plan to withdraw, which was agreed beneath his Republican predecessor Donald Trump. On Saturday, Biden defended his determination, saying an ‘countless American presence in the center of one other nation’s civil battle was not acceptable to me’.

Republican lawmaker Michael McCaul stated a Taliban takeover would revive the menace to the United States.

‘We are going to return to a pre-9/11 state. A breeding floor for terrorism,’ he advised CNN on Sunday.

Biden met along with his nationwide safety crew on Sunday by safe videoconference from the presidential retreat at Camp David to listen to updates on evacuations and the safety state of affairs, a White House official stated.

US Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, a Democrat like Biden, stated at a information convention that the security of US personnel and of Afghans who supported the Americans ought to be Washington’s prime concern.

‘Job primary is for us to convey again, first, all American personnel… But second, all of the courageous Afghans who helped our army, they should be supplied an exit to return to America,’ Schumer stated.