Helicopters Take Off Amid Evacuation of US Embassy in Kabul

Helicopters departed from the United States embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, on the night of August 15, amid an evacuation sparked by the takeover of the country by the Taliban, footage posted online showed.

This footage, posted that night by Anthony Mejia, shows helicopters flying above Kabul after evacuating officials. The United States officials were flown to Hamid Karzai International Airport, according to the recorder and Reuters, so they could leave Afghanistan.

American troops were sent to assist with the evacuations after the Taliban reached Kabul and gained control of the city earlier that day. Credit: Anthony Mejia via Storyful

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