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while the u.s. scrambled to evacuate the embassy, chaos at kabul's airport as people desperately try to flee the country. and haiti's earthquake, a staggering jump in the death toll with search teams yet to arrive in some of the hardest hit regions. as a storm that compounds the disaster takes direct aim at the country. thanks for joining me this hour. for the first time in almost 20 years, the taliban are in near complete control of afghanistan. if nothing changes, it appears they'll be the country's rulers once again. the militants wrapped up a blistering advantage over major cities over the weekend ending in the surrender of kabul. video from al jazeera shows
heavily armed taliban fighters lounging in the presidential palace. the u.s. state department says all embassy personal he will have been evacuated. they were flown out by helicopter to the airport which has been secured by u.s. troops. that hasn't stopped chaotic scenes like this. gunfire rang out earlier as crowds raised to catch a flight at the kabul airport. they scrambled up the gang plank to get on to the airplane. for many afghans, this is a matter of life and breath. the taliban have a brutal legacy of how they treat women. and afghan who's work for the u.s. fear they'll be among the first to be killed. meanwhile, the ousted afghan president ghani didn't wait for the americans to leave. he was already gone. he said on facebook he fled the country to avoid more blood shed. u.s. president joe biden's decision to withdraw u.s. forces
enabled the taliban takeover and the secretary of state is defending the decision to leave. take a listen. >> when the president came to office, he had a decision to make. the previous administration negotiated an agreement with the taliban that said that our forces, our remaining forces, only about 2,500, would be out of the country on may 1st. the idea that the status quo could have been maintained by keeping our forces there, i think is simply wrong. >> as chaos unfolds in afghanistan, our editor nick patton walsh takes us through the last 24 hours. >> utterly extraordinary day. the image of which will be in everybody's minds, the sight of seeing taliban fighters calmly sat inside what seems to be one of the key offices of now, i think it is fair to say, former
afghan president ash ram ghani. call, being addressed by a reporter from al jazeera air big, seemingly able to ignore some questions but at one point, one of the men speaking clearly in english saying he was in gaunlt bay for eight years. these images utterly start. that's the seat of power and money for the past 20 years or so. there they sit with their weapons, calmly demonstrating how they've walked into the capital. a city most thought was utterly impregnable until days ago. an extraordinary series of events. in the early part of the day, there were reports on the city's outskirts, panic over an instant at a bank. we saw triggered gunfire. then without telling anybody, the president of afghanistan, ashram ghani, left the country. 24 hours earlier he recorded a message telling everybody he would stick on to tie to negotiate a solution but he left
with a small number of his own aides. unclear where he actually is at this point. he seems to have gone to tajikistan according to some sources but he said he had a choice to try to negotiator face armed taliban who we now see are inside what used to be his palace. what next? furious activity in the skies above me, of u.s. aircraft. the constant noise of helicopters. that's them speeding up their evacuation, protecting what is now rescuing 5,000 american troops, taken back as part of the withdrawal process. president joe biden put underway. startling scenes at the airport. people desperate to get in. people desperate to be able to fight out of here and certainly troubling few days ahead as we see how this residual and growing american force accommodates itself alongside the taliban, who frankly, appeared in charge of most of the city.
at this stage, and giving a message of wanting foreigners, diplomats to feel safe, to feel secure, to stay where they are, possibly hoping for border international legitimacy. we'll have to see what kind of kabul people wake up to. >> anna has reported extensively from afghanistan including a recent trip. there anna joins me from hong kong. no doubt you're watching this like everybody else, just stunned at how fast the taliban moved. in it is 10:30 in the morning there on a monday. certainly the beginning of a very uncertain future. >> reporter: absolutely. people wake up, not wanting to venture outside their homes. i've spent on to several afghanis this morning who say they heard gunfire early this morning. other than that the streets remain quite peaceful. there is not much traffic. some shots are open. there's other video from some
afghans located outside the airport. they made a dash for the airport yesterday. these are afghan interpreters whose siv's, the visas to america, were rejected. they have run to the airport thinking that perhaps they could just get on a flight. plead their case. they were obviously turned away. and there are chaotic scenes there again this morning. there is footage of hundreds of men standing outside the airport. and there are taliban members in armored vehicles, roaming the streets. there is a bit of gunfire that you can hear. we don't know if it is from the taliban or from the americans inside. we have to remember there are some 5,000 u.s. troops that will be sent to the kabul international airport and the u.s. government announced another 1,000 will be sent in. a total of 6,000 u.s. soldiers will be in charge of those
evacuations to get those u.s. staff out. we know that 5,000 have already flown out. that's not taking into consideration the afghan interpreters who have been granted siv's. those who worked the u.s. military and then of course, you have journalists, afghan journalists which media companies, particularly u.s. media companies who are also trying to get these people visas. they have been reporting on this war now for years, for two decades. many of them feel that their lives are now in danger. so there is a great deal of fear. a great deal of desperation as people are looking for an exit strategy out of kabul. >> thanks so much. so america's top diplomat is defending the administration's decision to withdraw troops from afghanistan as kabul's fall
certainly sparks strong criticism. secretary of state antony blinken is rejecting any comparisons between the scenes unfolding in the afghan capital and those seen in saigon in 1975 at the end of the vietnam war. jake tapper asked blinken about that on sunday. >> president biden is avoiding the comparison to saigon with. the air lift out of afghanistan, aren't we already in the midst of a saigon moment? >> no. we're not. this is not saigon. we went to afghanistan 20 years ago with one mission. that was to deal with the folks who attacked us on 9/11. isn't that what we're seeing now? even the images are evocative of what happened in vietnam. >> this is manifestly not saigon. >> despite those attempts to fend off criticism, the biden
administration is facing swift back lash over the chotwick drawl. on sunday hundreds of americans gathered outside the white house expressing fear and grief over the taliban takeover and holding signs that read, evacuate afghans now. america betrayed us. in congress, the republican lawmakers are certainly going on the offensive and slamming the departure as a shameful failure. >> it is completely preventible, completely predictable, too. and there was no effort at all to mitigate the disaster. not at all. no planning at all in this. >> this president had the integrity to tell a hard truth to the american body politic and to the afghans that this failed forever war must end. >> i think that the failure here is the lack of the fighting, the will to fight based upon the afghan security forces. that's where the miscalculation
was. >> i want to say this to my gold star families. your sacrifices were not in vain. you kept america safe for 20 years. what did we get out of all that? >> we prevented 9/11's from happening. >> the director of the international crisis groups asia program joins me now from washington. great to have you on the show. i do want to get your opinion on all these various thoughts about what has taken place. how clumsy has it been? in terms of what could have been done, or do you think the biden administration and the pentagon just had their hands tied and this messiness that we've seen was inevitable, no matter when it was done. >> i don't think they had their hands tied. >> tied politically, perhaps, from previous presidents' decisions. perhaps the trump decision to negotiate the taliban. >> that changed the context certainly. it reend forced the taliban
perception that the americans were going to leave and that they simply needed to wait a bit longer for that to happen. i have no doubt if president biden had judged that staying in afghanistan was important to u.s. national security interests, that agreement with the taliban that president trump concluded would not have stood in his way. this was not an international treaty. it was not anything that the united states couldn't just brush aside if it judged that it was in u.s. national security interests to stay. that was not president biden's judgment. i think to a certain extent, the messiness was inevitable that there was no neat and tidy way to pull out all of all these years there, and given the weak knows on the afghan government side. i do think that on some of the issues such as getting out all the interpreters and others who worked with and for the united
states over these years, it is pretty clear that more could have been done in advance to prepare for that. and it doesn't seem that there was really a plan in place at the time of withdrawal xhenlsed. so that is a very important piece of this. but look, there is no neat and tidy way to close down the largest embassy in the world in a land locked country. that was always going to be messy. >> taliban 2.0. what can you strap late about at least these initial comments they've made? besides being very strategic, they've clearly had a coordinated plan to get them to where they are now. they've been extremely effective in the messaging and the g propaganda.
what have you been getting about this so far? >> they are so far saying the kinds of things that would you hope they would say in the current circumstances. stay calm, we'll be responsible, there won't be revenge killings, no one should be afraid. whether they, aside, whether they genuinely mean that and they may, at least some of them may, there is very much an open question as to whether they can hold their own fighters and commanders to that. you've got a lot of people who in the taliban movement, the fighters who are feevictorious . and to think they will be as restrained as the messaging, i don't expect to see that. i think there's a high risk of violence as they do take the
reins fully of power in afghanistan. how they're going to govern? they have not said very much at all over the years. even through years of occasional peace talks, they have not said very much at all about what their political vision is for afghanistan. how it may or may not be different from the government that they ran in the 1990s, and the harsh form of rule they imposed. they say they learned some lessons from the past. what they regard as lessons or as mistakes they've made, that they haven't said. and there is a lot of uncertainty and we'll have to watch how they actually conduct. they now that they have power. >> thank you for your perspective. >> thank you. coming up, afghan civilians have the most to lose with the taliban takeover. thousands have already fled the violence this year. we'll get more on their polite. that's coming up.
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we are tracking the latest developments in afghanistan. a country now without a president after the taliban took control of the capital kabul. taliban forces were inside the capital just hours after the former president ashram ghani fled the country. all u.s. embassy person nell kabul were evacuated and awaiting flights at the kabul airport which is being secured by the u.s. military. but at the airport, we are witnessing these scenes of chaos. crowds rushed out. the president said he felt that leaving the country was the best choice to avoid the flood of
bloodshed. form he is being slammed by critics and former allies alike for abandoning his country. nic robertson takes a look back at the legacy he leaves behind. long before reaching kabul, the taliban were warning the afghan president, his days were running out. prayers in july. attacking another outdoor presidential address early last year. but in recent days, as the taliban closed in in kabul, ghani's silence finally signaled his concerns. his administration unprepared, just as the afghan people were looking for leadership. and international allies waiting for a plan. it was just saturday with only a few cities left under government control. the rest seized by the taliban
during their rammed advance that ghani finally addressed the nation. >> translator: i will do my best to prevent this imposed war on the afghan people resulting in further killing of innocence people, lost of achievements, destruction of public infrastructure and prolonged instability. >> reporter: notably he didn't resign. something the taliban had been demanding for months. but said he was in urgent talks with local leaders and international partners. the embattle president not seeming to grasp that w the taliban staring down on the capital, the army not willing to fight, that he had little power to do anything but leave. one of the last blows to his presidency, the fall of stronghold sharrif. he visited the city earlier in the week to try to rally support which was rapidly eroding across the country.
it is a bitter outcome for the former world bank employee who gave up his citizenship after the september 11 attacks to return to afghanistan to help rebuild his country. he became afghan's president in 2015 following two terms in office by happened karzai who led the country after the fall of taliban in 2001. but ghani came to power in a contested vote where he was accused of voter fraud. the u.s. eventually brokered a power sharing deal with rival abdullah abdullah in which ghani was declared president. one of his last acts before leaving kabul sunday, a security call to appeal for calm. >> translator: i have guided the defense ministry to take full responsibility for the security of all residents. secretarily, those people that are noise about rioting, looting and killing people, we will deal
with them with full forceful. >> reporter: his critics who have long believed him to be too controlling, blasted his departure saying he abandoned his country to a dire future. >> translator: god will hold him accountable and the people of afghanistan will also judge him. >> reporter: afghanistan's acting defense minister tweeting, they tied our hands behind our backs and sold the homeland. damn the rich man and his gang. ghani always had a contentious relationship with the taliban. they viewed him as a puppet of the americans. on social media, ghani said he left to avoid further bloodshed. but in the end he randal before the taliban took control. potentially escaping the fate of a previously deposed afghan president whose beaten lifeless body ended up hanging from a pole. nic robertson.
cnn. coming up on cnn, afghan civilians have the most to lose with the takeover. thousands have already fled the violence this year. we'll have more in a live report from istanbul. plus, the death toll is climbing in haiti after saturday's powerful quake destroyed thousands of homes. now the island is preparing and bracing for a storm. ♪ when i was young ♪ no-no-no-no-no please please no. ♪ i never needed anyone. ♪ front desk yes, hello... i'm so... please hold. ♪ those days are done♪ i t you. ♪ all by yourself. ♪ go with us and find millions of flexible options. all in our app. expedia.
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it is 28 minutes past the hour. our top story, of course, the race to leave afghanistan as the taliban take over. the military wrap up a blistering advance over major cities over the weekend ending in the surrender of kabul. the ousted president ashram ghani has fled the country. and the taliban fighters are in the palace. the u.s. state department says no u.s. embassy personnel have been evacuated. they were out out by helicopter. that hasn't stopped chaotic scenes like this. cnn can't independently confirm it but this appears to show crowds storming the tarmac earlier, making any claim that will get them out of afghanistan. afghan civilians are certainly already paying the price, using their homes, belongings and security. there are already 5 million internally displaced civilians
and more than 550,000 have lost their homes this year alone. pakistan has already taken in more than 1 million afghan refugees and nearly 800,000 are living in iran. about 170,000 are living in turkey and turkey's president said they will work pakistan to help stabilize afghanistan and prevent a new wave of afghan migrants. now live from istanbul with this warning from the turkish president. what more can you tell us? >> look, the main aim at this stage is to stop influx of refugees. turkey is still sustaining or trying to sustain millions of refugees. and the refugee population as well as the turkish population. so turkey and a lot of these other countries their main aim
does not appear to be how to actually help the afghan population but more how to protect themselves. turkey at this stage does not have a huge. a influence when it comes to dealing with the taliban. what turkey does have is a very close relationship with two countries who actually do wield influence over the taliban. and that is pakistan and qatar. when you look at those scenes coming out of kabul, those scenes that you were broadcasting earlier of people scrambling for the airport. it literally brings you to your knees. because right now, robin, we're not actually seeing this massive influfl of afghan refugees into neighboring countries. we're not seeing it happen and that's because the land roads have been blocked by the taliban. the only life line is kabul's airport. and it also needs to be said that the vast majority of afghan
civilians don't necessarily have a passport and don't have a visa to be able to fly out. so those people scrambling to the airport are already in the minority. but their choice to be able to leave afghanistan has been taken away from them. because right now it is military flights only. tuesday military is securing it, preventing people from actually entering. and those able to get in are literally doing everything they possibly could to try to get on these very difficult to access flights and roots out of country. and the sense that discussion needs to shift from these countries who either have a stake in what happens in afghanistan, are responsibility for what happened in afghanistan. that conversation needs to shift from how do we track afghans under the taliban, most certainly that is what it looks like the conversation is right now, to how do we actually
support those who want to leave? >> thanks. and to update us on the information that you've been giving us, we've just seen the commercial flights have been canceled out of the kabul airport. that is according to the afghanistan civil aviation authority. so the civilian side of the airport is now closed. so there is no way even if they wanted to, those people we've been seeing at this airport. they get on a plane because the civilian side is closed. all civilian flights out of afghanistan have been canned. thank you. another story we're following at cnn. i want to show you this. you are looking at some of the massive devastation left by saturday's powerful earthquake in haiti. the death toll has now jumped to nearly 1,300 people. more than 5,700 are injured. now, all of this comes as haiti prepares to face high winds and heavy rain from tropical depression grace in the coming hours. that rain could lead to flooding
and mud slides. further, of course, complicating haiti's problems. i want to turn now to matt rivers in haiti. he has been touring some of the damage near the he said center of the quake. matt? >> reporter: we're not far from where the epicenter was. and we're here at the rubble of what was a multistory relatively luxury total in the region which is where we are right now. you can get a scale of what happened here. if you look to the right, that would presumably be part of the roof. part of the building that collapsed into the swimming pool that was there. you look further to the left you can see a teetering set of columns there that is very precariously perched and back down here, you can see an excavator that was presumably part of the search and rescue efforts that took place. according to authorities, there is very much likelihood that there remain bodies in this rubble and there is not a lot of
sxex rescue efforts here. what is ongoing, you can see people walk behind me here with melt. this is looting. people are coming through taking whatever they think they can smell. metal. we saw a dresser be taken out. this goes to the desperation in this area. has the very poor part of haiti that has been devastated by previous natural disasters over the last decade and these are opportunistic people taking what they can get from what is no doubt a tragic scene. something that collapsed during this earthquake. there are people that have been here trying to help. people trying to look for survivors. that's not the majority of what is happening here now. what you don't see here are haitian authorities. there is no police presence no, firefighters no, search and rescue crews here. just people from the community and this lone excavator that is not in operation. it is very indicative of what we've been seeing as we drive through, near the epicenter. a lack of authoritative stance,
trying to help people get control of this situation. unfortunately, this is the reality on the ground at this moment. cnn, haiti. >> thanks for that. as mentioned, haiti is also dealing with an approaching storm. tropical depression grace is expected to bring heavy rain in the coming hours. the head of the civil protection agency said he is worried the storm could complicate the issue efforts for earthquake victims. hi, good to see you. just take us through what people on the ground can expect in the coming hours. >> it doesn't look very good. when you look at the amount of rainfall in store. moving across the region shortly after a 7.2 quake. certainly one of the worst case scenarios. we know the threat for mud slides and flash flooding remains a major concern. grace is the one that everyone is looking at very carefully. and you notice this. a very ragged tropical system.
it has weakened to a tropical depression and a lot of that has to do with the elevated and mountainous terrain across the region. a rise on the island of hispaniola. that is higher than mountains across 37 u.s. states. so it speaks to how rugged this particular landscape is. and that is often great news for weakening tropical systems. unfortunately, coming in on the heels of a quake, it is the last thing you want to see so it is all happening at the expense of this particular island as rainfall amounts could exceed four to six inches. some isolated pockets could get up to eight to ten inches. we know a tremendous amount of deforestation that has taken place. more than 80%. some put it that 80% has been deforested. so the water becomes instant runoff and leads to additional flash flooding down stream. and that's what we're watching for later this afternoon and this evening. really, it will be a 24-hour event for folks across haiti as
the system pulls away. we expect to it move right toward portions. western caribbean and the could not sense us wants to keep it south of cuba, potentially near cozumel and cancun. you notice what happens here. this sort of interaction will keep it rather weak. and then once it reemerges, we expect to it strengthen to a tropical storm. potentially impacting northern mexico or southern texas. >> thanks for keeping us updated. thank you. joining me now from washington is andrea dunn. she is america's regional director for the humanitarian aid organization project hope. certainly the situation in haiti seems to be worse and worse by the day as we figure out exactly what happened and the impact on the ground. >> that's absolutely true. it is a very critical situation right now and the needs are extremely urgent. we have the combined situation
of the impacts of the recent earthquake as well as tropical storm grace currently bearing down on the side. hispaniola and impacting some of the same populations. so the needs on the ground are extremely tourgt get aid to the hospitals and health facilities providing care to those affected by this event. >> i mean, coordination is always the key in these situations. how is that on the ground? particularly because the infrastructure we can see from these images is devastated, and many. these areas are already dealing with criminality issues which impacts how you get help to people. >> yes. absolutely. coordination is essential. project home is working directly with, for example, hospitals in the heavily affected areas such as la caye to understand the needs. communications are still fairly good so we can get information back and forth and start to
understand what the current needs are. >> what are those needs? what is the sense of what they urgently need? >> hospitals in the affected areas are completely overwhelmed. they have an influx of patients. a lot of traumatic injuries resulting from the initial earthquake that are flooding in and we're seeing a critical shortage of medical supplies, medications, all the things that are critically needed to provide immediate medical support. so that's where project hope is really focusing the efforts. understanding the needs and helping get those supplies to those hospitals on the ground. >> and of course, these hospital workers, doctors, nurses, medics also, having to deal with this in the medal of a pandemic. >> absolutely. it is important to recognize that local health care workers are also part of the affected population. project hope has provided a lot of hope through course of the
pandemic in focusing on mental health and resiliency for health care workers because of the severity of that impact. absolutely critical topic and that's part of the why we're focusing on medical surge support and getting additional resources to these hospitals to help support that local population. >> do you expect the death rate to rise significantly? or do you feel like the number we're getting now are pretty much how much do we know about the impact to human life? >> the death tolls already running in the hundreds and we expect that to unfortunately increase dramatically. we have many population that's have not been accessed yet. for example, the main road going from les kayes is completely cut off. it will take several days. so the search and rescue efforts are actually just now getting
underway in the next couple days and we expect those numbers to increase dramatically. we cannot emphasize enough the severity and urgency. situation in haiti and the level of need. >> so what you're saying is that the whole communities who we know have been hit by this earthquake, they're dealing with either death or severe injury, buildings down, unable to get access to them. and then even if you can get access in the next few days, and help, there is a tropical storm, potentially hurricane about to hit them. this is just a cocktail of even more devastation. >> absolutely. it is an absolutely tragic situation. again, i cannot emphasize enough just how severe and important the needs are on the ground in haiti right now. compiling all of these issues. just recognizing, too, some of the trauma that a lot of these populations are reliving based upon past events including the
2010 earthquake. so bringing all of that together. this is an extremely tragic situation and we need as much support available to be able to help support the local populations and the local health system as much as possible. >> thank you for all the work you're doing. i know certainly as you say, every bit counts. i'm going to leave you to do what you need to do and hopefully you can help as many people as possible. thank you very much for joining us here cnn. >> thank you. >> so coming up, how pakistan is responding to the taliban's rapid takeover of afghanistan and what they had to lose due to instability in the region. ♪ ♪ ♪ hey google, turn up the e heat. ♪ ♪ ♪
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welcome back. the u.s. presence in afghanistan is concentrated at kabul's airport as the taliban solidify their control in the capital. i want to show you this video from al jazeera which shows the taliban fighters inside the presidential palace on sunday. hours after former president ghani fled the country. meanwhile people are trying to flee the country. about 6,000 troops are there to secure the facility and run air control operations as evacuations continue. no personnel remain at the u.s. embassy in kabul and tuesday flag has been lowered at the compound. meanwhile, neighboring pakistan says they're closely watching what is happening in kabul. the country reopened its busiest border crossing sunday afternoon after briefly closed it earlier in the day. it is only open for the transfer
of goods and supplies and not for pedestrians and travelers. cnn producer joins me now from islamabad with more on reaction from there. what can you tell us? >> reporter: well, like you said, there are two main border crossings between pakistan and afghanistan. one is the german border in the south. and one is the bored he close to the city in pakistan. both these borders are known for being one of the, swrels the busiest border crossing. what happened is previously the border was closed for many, many days because they had taken control of that part off their country. ever since then, pakistan has allowed trucks to go through
co containing perishable items like fruit and vegetables but they are not allowing civilians to come in or out of country for the time being. pakistan has fenced 90% of its border. it has been very strict on the fact that it can't accept more refugees into the country. i've spoken in the days leading to what happened in kabul yesterday and they said there are no plans at the moment with regard to pakistani authorities allowing refugees into the country. they have been concerns conveyed to pakistani authorities about this but they said that they might reassess the decision. however, that hand happened yet. the prime minister is currently going to have a meeting with the national security council about 3:00 local time. this will include civilian leaders, military leaders and certain decisions will be made
about what pakistan is going to do moving forward. pakistan is known to have had a sort of relationship with the taliban. they've voiced concerns about the way the united states has pulled out next door. there is also pakistan's relationship with china to >> thanks so much for that. the u.k. is calling for a global response to the taliban. coming up why boris johnson says it's crucial for everyone to have a position on the seizure of the taliban of afghanistan. we'll talk about i it next. (other money manager) but you still l sell investmens that generate high commissions, right? (judith) no, we don't sell commission products. we'rere a fiduciary, obligated to act in our client's best interest.
into kabul on sunday taking over the presidential palace. several countries are scrambling to evacuate their citizens from afghanistan. i want you to take a look at the french ambassador relocated to the kabul airport on sunday. the uae says it's working to evacuate its own citizens as well as diplomatic staff from a number of countries including france, canada, australia and the eu. meanwhile many several airlines are rerooting flights around afghanistan and several countries have signed onto a joint statement urging all parties to let people leave afghanistan safely. it says afghans and international citizens who wish to depart must be allowed to do so. roads, airports and border crossings must remain open and calm must be maintained. we in the international community agreed and stand ready to assist them. meanwhile the british prime minister says it's critical for
the international community to stand together to oppose taliban rule. >> we don't want anybody bilaterally recognizing the taliban. we want the united position amongst all the like minded as far as we can get one so that we do whatever we can to prevent afghanistan lapsing back into being a breeding ground for terror. >> boris johnson says his government's main priority is to help british citizens still in afghanistan and also the afghans who have supported the u.k.'s efforts over the past two decades. well, that wraps this hour of cnn. thank you so much for joining me. i'm robyn curnow. you can always follow me on twitter and instagram @robyncurnow, cnn. i'm going to hand you over to my colleague rosemary church than the break. you're watching cnn.
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hello, and welcome to our viewers joining us here in the united states and all around the world. you're watching "cnn newsroom." and i'm rosemary church. just ahead, a chaotic scene atika boule's airport. afghans rush a passenger plane desperate to flee from a likely future under taliban rule. the u.s. admits it was caught off-guard at the speed of the taliban's takeover. now troops are headed back to a country they just left as president biden makes plans to address the american p