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Kabul, Afghanistan. Photo by Haroon Sabawoon/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

The State Department is asking Capitol Hill staff to stop engaging in “uncoordinated messaging” by directing people in Kabul to the airport, according to an email obtained by Axios.

Why it matters: The message illustrates the level of confusion as the U.S. handles a developing situation following an explosion outside the Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul on Thursday that resulted in "a number of casualties" to civilians and U.S. troops.

The details: The email was sent by the principal deputy assistant secretary in the Bureau of Legislative Affairs at the State Department.

  • “Please blast the following out to your lists,” she writes. “We are hearing reports of congressional staff continuing to direct individuals to HKIA.”
  • The message continues, “All staff engaging in this type of uncoordinated messaging to people on the ground must cease due to the security situation.”
  • Many members and their staff have been actively engaged with constituents on evacuation efforts.

The email also contains a security alert sent by the U.S. Embassy in Kabul detailing the explosion and reports of gunfire, which tells U.S. citizens to stay away from the airport.

  • “U.S. citizens should avoid traveling to the airport and avoid airport gates at this time,” it says.
  • It goes on to instruct U.S. citizens who are at the gates into the airport “should leave immediately.”

Go deeper: Explosions at Kabul airport caused U.S. and civilian casualties, Pentagon confirms

Go deeper

Aug 15, 2021 - World

Blinken: "This is manifestly not Saigon" all over again in Afghanistan

As video emerged on Sunday of military helicopters landing near the U.S. embassy in Kabul to rapidly evacuate U.S. personnel, Secretary of State Antony Blinken assured: "This is manifestly not Saigon."

Driving the news: Blinken made the rounds on the Sunday shows to defend President Biden's resolute withdrawal of the U.S. military as Kabul nears complete surrender to the Taliban.

Updated Aug 16, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Taliban declare victory in Afghanistan

Taliban fighters sit on a vehicle along the street in Jalalabad province on Sunday. Photo: AFP via Getty Images

Taliban leaders declared Monday "the war is over," after taking control of Afghanistan nearly 20 years on from the militant group fleeing a U.S.-led coalition march into Kabul.

Driving the news: The declaration to Al Jazeera came after the Taliban seized the presidential palace in Kabul on Sunday, and following the U.S. evacuation of the American Embassy on Monday. The U.S. was taking over air traffic control at Kabul's airport, where chaotic scenes were reported Monday, as foreigners and Afghan citizens attempted to flee.

Ben Geman, author of Generate
8 hours ago - Energy & Environment

Key clean power provision likely won't survive in Dems' spending bill

A construction worker walks along a dirt road at the Avangrid Renewables La Joya wind farm in Encino, New Mexico, on Aug. 5, 2020. Photo: Cate Dingley/Bloomberg via Getty Images

A pillar of Democrats' plans to speed deployment of zero-carbon electricity is likely to be cut from major spending and tax legislation they are struggling to move on a party-line vote, per multiple reports and a Capitol Hill aide.

Driving the news: The New York Times, citing anonymous congressional aides and lobbyists, reports that West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin (D) has told the White House he "strongly opposes" the Clean Electricity Performance Program.