US troops surge evacuations out of Kabul but threats persist

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WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S military troops flying round the clock have managed their biggest day of airlifts out of Afghanistan by far.

But deadly violence that has blocked many desperate Afghans and foreigners from entering Kabul’s airport persisted Monday.

And the Taliban signaled they may insist on the airlifts ending at the end of the month.

A White House official says 28 U.S. military flights carried about 10,400 people to safety out of Taliban-held Afghanistan over the 24 hours that ended early Monday morning.

In a 9-day-old evacuation plagued by Taliban forces and crushing crowds preventing entrance to the airport and a series of logistical problems, the number for the first time met — and exceeded — U.S. projections.

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