Taliban guard airport as most NATO troops leave Afghanistan
By SAYED ZIARMAL HASHEMI, RAHIM FAIEZ, JILL LAWLESS and ELLEN KNICKMEYER Associated Press
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Taliban forces have sealed off Kabul's airport to most Afghans as NATO nations wrap up their evacuation flights out of Afghanistan.
Western leaders on Saturday acknowledged that their withdrawal would mean leaving behind some of their citizens and many Afghan locals who helped them over the years.
And they vowed to try to work with the Taliban to allow local allies to leave even after President Joe Biden's Tuesday's deadline to withdraw from the country.
Taliban forces beefed up perimeter checkpoints around the airport Saturday, two days after a suicide attack by an Islamic State-affiliated group killed at least 169 Afghans and 13 U.S. military personnel.
Biden warned Saturday that commanders believe another attack is "highly likely" within 24-36 hours.