Crush at Kabul airport kills 7 as Afghans try to flee

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The British military says at least seven Afghans died in a panicked crush of people trying to enter Kabul’s international airport.

Thousands are still trying to flee the country in a chaotic exodus a week after the Taliban takeover. The Taliban, meanwhile, moved to confront the first stirrings of armed resistance since capturing nearly the entire country in a matter of days earlier this month.

Anti-Taliban fighters claimed to have captured three mountainous districts, and a militia commander in the only province not yet under Taliban control pledged to fight back if attacked.

The U.S. requested civilian airlines to aid in its evacuation efforts under a program dating to the Berlin airlift.

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