Gunfire could be heard at Kabul International Airport on Monday morning as Afghan citizens flooded the tarmac, some clinging to the jet bridge of a plane, as they desperately tried to flee the country.
The chaos followed a disastrous day for Afghanistan and the first day of Taliban rule in the country. The messy withdrawal of US troops, after 20 years of relentless conflict, caused the government to collapse within days, sending President Ashraf Ghani into hiding.
The State Department said early Monday that all staffers from the US embassy in Kabul were safe and being flown out of the country.
Video taken from the airport showed men climbing atop a staircase and trying to access the crowded jet bridge of an airplane.