It has become far harder for Afghans to reach the Kabul airport over the past 24 hours. The Taliban has blocked the main road to the airport and set up checkpoints to allow passage only to people with foreign passports or an invitation from the U.S. or one of its allies. At a press conference Tuesday, the Taliban said Afghans will no longer be allowed to go to the airport.
Zabihullah Mujahid: “Unfortunately, this problem has not been resolved yet. The Islamic Emirate is seriously trying to control the situation there. We have blocked the way that people go to the airport by it. Afghans are not allowed to use this road, and foreign nationals can use it. But domestic nationals cannot go this way because it is blocked.”
Despite the Taliban’s warning, there are reports some Afghans are still making it to the airport.