Murad Gazdiev from RT, Kabul
RT reporter Murad Gazdiev said what he and his team saw at Kabul’s Hamid Karzai Airport after reaching it looked like a scene from a zombie apocalypse movie after a week of effort eventful evacuation by the United States and its allies.
“We have just arrived at Kabul airport.
The American troops call what is happening here “World War Z”, in reference to the zombie movie starring Brad Pitt. It is clear why.
The situation is horrible.
The whole airport is littered with shell casings and flash grenades. Everything, absolutely everything is covered with barbed wire. The whole track is lined with barbed wire.
The shots are incessant, 10 minutes does not go by without shots. Either inside the airport; US troops scare away the more daring residents or shoot near the main entrance, where the Taliban discourages potential refugees.
Clothes are everywhere. The strange sandal, the torn woman’s shoe, the shirts and the scarves. The walls of barbed wire are sometimes reminiscent of Christmas trees – strung with clothes and litter. A reminder of the crowds and the crush of the first days of the evacuation.
As I write these lines, something is burning at the north end of the airport – there is a column of smoke rising near parked US cargo planes. What exactly, we cannot say.
About 20 yards from us, platoons of American and Italian soldiers appear to be taking a break – lounging on desk chairs they have dragged out of the crumbling airport terminal. Bask under the very air door that Afghan civilians have sadly invaded, like zombies, in an attempt to escape.
About the Afghans, whom we saw during the landing. They are now lined up in square-shaped formations (the ones approved for evacuation) – and are forced to sit under the hot Afghan summer skies for hours and hours. Women, children… all, according to the American press.
Unfortunately, we cannot post any photos or videos at this time, as this would violate the evacuation agreement between Russia and the United States. [Images used in this article were shot by an RT crew outside the airport.] The American troops here are on edge, their nerves are strained. Each of their flights takes off under the guns of Taliban fighters. You can see why they don’t want to provide the Taliban with a detailed diagram of where everyone is stationed inside.
That the Russian Foreign Ministry even managed to strike a deal with the United States to allow the evacuation of Russian planes at such a turbulent time is nothing short of a diplomatic miracle.
We just can’t risk compromising this deal, and the safety of this evacuation and future ones, just to show you photos you will forget seeing in a week.
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