US President Joe Biden has said that he will keep US troops in Afghanistan until every American is evacuated, even if that means going beyond his August 31 deadline.
The pledge on Wednesday came as 5,000 people departed from Kabul’s airport and the Taliban kept some Afghans from reaching the airfield.
Meanwhile in the city of Jalalabad, east of Kabul, Taliban fighters opened fire at protesters who tried to install Afghanistan’s national flag at a square in the city, killing at least three and wounding dozens more.
A senior Taliban official told the Reuters news agency that the new government may be a ruling council headed by the group’s supreme leader Haibatullah Akhunzada.
The United Arab Emirates confirmed President Ashraf Ghani had arrived there after days of speculation as to his whereabouts.