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Afghan people climb atop a plane as they wait at the Kabul airport Monday. Photo: Wakil Kohsar/AFP via Getty Images

The U.S. military has secured the international airport in Kabul and flights evacuating civilians and diplomats in Afghanistan have resumed, officials said Tuesday.

Why it matters: Operations were suspended Monday after thousands of Afghan civilians stormed the airport's runway in a desperate attempt to flee the Taliban. Seven people were killed during the chaos, including several who attempted to climb onto departing U.S. military planes.

State of play: Approximately 3,500 troops are on the ground at Kabul's airport as of Tuesday morning, with 4,000 expected to be there by the end of the day, according to officials.

  • Approximately 700 to 800 people were evacuated on seven flights overnight, including 165 American citizens. The rest are a mix of special immigrant visa (SIV) applicants and foreign nationals.
  • The Pentagon is aiming to have at least one flight per hour take off from Hamid Karzai International Airport when operations are fully running, with the expectation that 5,000 to 9,000 people can be evacuated per day.
  • U.S. troops have experienced "no hostile interactions, no attack, no threat by the Taliban" during the evacuation operations, Maj. Gen. Hank Taylor, a Pentagon logistics expert, said during a press briefing Tuesday.

What to watch: The evacuation effort will continue until Aug. 31, the deadline for President Biden's full military withdrawal from Afghanistan. Asked why the U.S. couldn't keep evacuating Afghans into September if the airport is still secure, a Pentagon spokesman said that's a decision for the president.

Go deeper: Pentagon defends Kabul evacuation chaos: "No plan is perfect"

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DFW braces for holiday travel surge

Photo: Angus Mordant for Bloomberg via Getty Images

Officials at DFW Airport expect more than 2.3 million passengers to pass through during the Thanksgiving travel holiday.

  • That's a 70% increase over the number of flyers during the same time last year, and 95% of the volume the airport experienced in 2019.

Why it matters: Both Fort Worth-based American Airlines and Dallas-based Southwest Airlines experienced weekends of mass cancellations this fall, when the number of travelers was a fraction of what they'll be this week.

Nov 23, 2021 - Axios Twin Cities

MSP Airport predicts big bump in Thanksgiving travel

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Data: Metropolitan Airports Commission; Chart: Thomas Oide/Axios

Airport officials in the Twin Cities are already seeing an increase in Thanksgiving travelers this year.

Driving the news: Nearly 80,000 travelers were screened at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport checkpoints between Friday and Sunday, a 110% increase from the same weekend last year.

New York AG alleges "significant evidence" of Trump Organization fraud

Combination images of former President Trump and New York State Attorney General Letitia James. Photo: Al Drago/Bloomberg via Getty Images; Scott Heins/Getty Images

New York's attorney general filed a motion Tuesday seeking to compel former President Trump and two of his children, Donald Trump, Jr. and Ivanka Trump, to appear for sworn testimony in her office's civil investigation into the Trump Organization's financial dealings.

Why it matters: Attorney General Letitia James revealed new details in the court filing on her office's investigation into the Trump Organization's business practices, including a preliminary finding alleging the Trump Organization used "fraudulent and misleading asset valuations to obtain economic benefits."

Go deeper: Trump seeks N.Y. attorney general's recusal from civil investigation

Editor's note: This a breaking news story. Please check back for updates.

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