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Traffic jam and crowds near Kabul airport on Monday. Photo: Satellite image ©2021 Maxar Technologies

Satellite photos taken from space Monday show the crowd of thousands of Afghans attempting to flee the country after the Taliban took over.

Why it matters: Thousands of Afghans stormed the airport runway in a desperate effort to flee the Taliban. Afghans were seen clinging to planes taking off and crowding the tarmac in an attempt to escape. Seven people were reported dead from the chaos at the airport.

  • Flights at the international airport in Kabul resumed Tuesday to evacuate civilians and diplomats.
  • One of the satellite images shows a Turkish Airlines plane preparing to take off. Security forces can also be seen near one of the airport’s main runways attempting to prevent crowds of people from moving toward other aircraft and from blocking flight operations.
A Turkish Airlines flight prepares to take off at Kabul airport. Photo: Satellite image ©2021 Maxar Technologies
Traffic jam and crowds near the entrance of the Kabul airport on Monday. Photo: Satellite image ©2021 Maxar Technologies
Crowds of people on the tarmac at the Kabul Airport on Monday. Photo: Satellite image ©2021 Maxar Technologies
Crowds of people at the terminal at the Kabul airport Monday. Photo: Satellite image ©2021 Maxar Technologies
A view of crowds along the runway of the Kabul airport on Tuesday. Photo: Satellite image ©2021 Maxar Technologies
Crowds along the runway of the Kabul airport on Tuesday. Photo: Satellite image ©2021 Maxar Technologies

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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.

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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.

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Reports: Up to 17 U.S. missionaries kidnapped in Haiti

Haitian soldiers guard the public prosecutor's office in Port-au-Prince earlier this month. Photo: Richard Pierrin/AFP via Getty Images

Children were among up to 17 American Christian missionaries and their relatives kidnapped by a gang in Haiti on Saturday, the New York Times first reported.

Details: The missionaries had just left an orphanage and were traveling by bus to the airport to "drop off some members" and were due to travel to another destination when the gang struck in Port-au-Prince, Haitian security officials said, per the NYT.