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Since Kabul fell more than a week ago, the Taliban have established armed checkpoints outside of Hamid Karzai International Airport as U.S. troops have protected Americans and Afghans who have managed to get into the airport and get on an evacuation flight. Both sides are now operating uncomfortably close to each other.

The Taliban has mostly blockaded the airport with checkpoints, allowing few people to pass. And Afghans who’ve made it to the airport gates have been turned away even if they have proper documentation – and even escorted off the airport after making it to safety.

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