Taliban: At least 13 dead after blasts at Kabul airport

Shepard Smith joins The Exchange with more news from Kabul, where the Taliban says an explosion killed at least 13 and NBC News is receiving reports of casualties among U.S. service members and Afghan civilians. For access to live and exclusive video from CNBC subscribe to CNBC PRO:

The Taliban said Tuesday that the group will not allow Afghan nationals to leave the country and opposes any extension of evacuation flights, a development that comes one week before U.S. and coalition forces are slated to depart Afghanistan.

“We are not in favor of allowing Afghans to leave,” Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid told reporters during a news conference Tuesday.

“They [the Americans] have the opportunity, they have all the resources, they can take all the people that belong to them but we are not going to allow Afghans to leave and we will not extend the deadline,” he said, adding that evacuations carried out by foreign forces after Aug. 31 would be a “violation” of a Biden administration promise to end the U.S. military’s mission in the country.

“The way to the airport has been closed now. Afghans are not allowed to go there now, foreigners are allowed to go but we have stopped Afghan nationals to go because the crowd is more, there is danger that people will lose their lives, there might be a stampede,” Mujahid said, according to an interpreter during the broadcast.

President Joe Biden has previously said he may consider extending the departure date past Aug. 31 but has yet to do so. Biden is expected to address the nation on the U.S. and coalition forces evacuation and relocation efforts on Tuesday following an emergency G-7 meeting.

Pentagon spokesman John Kirby told reporters on Tuesday that there has not been a change to the timeline of the mission.

“We remain committed to getting any and all Americans that want to leave out and we still believe certainly now that we have been able to increase the capacity and the flow, we believe that we have the capability, the ability to get that done by the end of the month,” Kirby said.

“The Taliban have been very clear about what their expectations are,” explained Kirby when asked about public Taliban statements opposing a prolonged U.S. military mission in Afghanistan.

“Without getting into details, I’m not seeing much dissonance [between public and private conversations with Taliban],” he added.

On Monday, a Taliban spokesman issued a similar warning during an interview with Sky News in regard to a potential extension.

“It’s a red line. President Biden announced that on 31 August they would withdraw all their military forces. So if they extend it that means they are extending occupation while there is no need for that,” Suhail Shaheen said, according to the report.

“If the U.S. or U.K. were to seek additional time to continue evacuations, the answer is no. Or there would be consequences,” he added.

White House national security advisor Jake Sullivan said Monday during a press briefing that the administration believed it could complete its evacuation efforts by the end of the month.

“We are engaging with the Taliban, consulting with the Taliban on every aspect of what’s happening in Kabul right now,” Sullivan said. “Ultimately, it will be the president’s decision how this proceeds, no one else’s,” he added.

The White House said Tuesday that the U.S. has evacuated or helped to get approximately 58,700 people out of Afghanistan since Aug. 14, with about 21,600 of them airlifted out during 12 hours Monday.

Since the end of July, the U.S. has relocated approximately 63,900 people, the White House said. There are still several thousand Americans believed to be awaiting evacuation, according to the State Department.

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19 Responses

  1. American Patriot says:

    Four of the top leaders of the Taliban, are the same ones Obama and Biden released! Let that sink in for a minute!!

  2. TW says:

    Biden doesn’t care just like his ‘supporters’ don’t care… he’s not stupid, their not stupid, they just don’t care unfortunately. The amount of liberal accounts I’ve encountered to have not even seen a single one mention these poor soldiers is despicable, they can post a black square for good old George Floyd, who was nothing but a druggie who held a gun to a pregnant women(that’s ok now tho in this day and age) but they can’t even post an American flag or SOMETHING about these 13 brave dead soldiers who fought for their country and who actually did deserve to be praised unlike that pos.

  3. Alejandromagno Barrasa says:

    Accountability from the commander and chief to all leading military officials this was done in the worst possible way and at the worst time

  4. Angelina Nobile says:


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  7. N3GL3CTFOUNDER says:

    Lets let all terrorist come into our country. Thats the next thing biden will do

  8. What Was Once Common Sense says:

    It is unbelievable how Shepherd Smith can't bring himself to call it honestly. No wonder he couldn't last at Fox News… Fall from grace all the way down to the junior high team…. CNBC. JUST SAYING

  9. Tinker Cooper says:

    Pentagon wont say or do anything as long as Bidens gal is in there..

  10. Super Beast says:

    RIP my fellow wyomingite and RIP fellow Corpsman "Devil Doc"!!

  11. Tony Le says:

    Why sleepy Joe did not kneel for 13 fallen hero soldiers ? Blood of 13 fallen hero soldiers is on Biden hand

  12. Julee Bliss says:

    Even the Afghans don’t want to be there. What do you expect when the taliban suicide bombs troops and their own people for “peace”.

  13. Pendle Lancashire says:

    Americans were delaying their departure so I guess the taliban sent a warning shot.

  14. Mark S Ohlmann says:

    Walk-away-Joe…and now STRANDED Americans (Psaki, the word definitely fits NOW) and Afghans are going to pay with their lives… Taliban will see to it, mark my words. Sad day for so many. All we can do now is pray.

  15. Gaggle Duck says:

    Every Democratic voter is responsible for these family members being murdered.

  16. note book says:

    Thank you Biden for your weakness and your selling of weapons to the Taliban paid for by tax payers. I hear Taliban has more black hawks than the entire country of Australia now..
    Good job Biden and Harris. How much did Taliban pay you?

  17. TheMrpalid says:

    You know who isn’t praying for the dead ? The corrupt folk who profited off of this war.

  18. R W says:

    Thank your mr Joe Biden.

  19. Office ARIB says:

    A US airstrike today successfully killed six Afghan children. Well done…

    Search for today's news, if the US media will cover it…


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