CNN’s Clarissa Ward says Taliban fighters shouted to cover her face, and her producer was shot dead as violence and chaos erupted on the ground in Kabul.
During a Living cross Near Kabul airport on Wednesday, Ward made a horrific statement about the “chaos” that is affecting thousands of Afghans – many who helped the United States fight the war – urging troops to pull them out.
The 41-year-old TV reporter, who was wearing a hijab, described how a Taliban fighter armed with a “large temporary whip” approached him near the airport while “shouting at me to cover my face.” “
Ward said the worst test came when two Taliban fighters tried to shoot his producer with a pistol while he was filming on an iPhone.
He said the producer only managed to avoid harm because another rebel stepped in when he realized he was a journalist.
“Honestly, to me, it’s a miracle that as many people as possible haven’t been seriously injured,” Ward said of the violence.
Ward said there was a “continuous firefight” near the airport where 4,500 US troops are stationed. Help evacuate American citizens and Afghans. Attempts for special visas in exchange for assistance during the war.
“I’ve covered all sorts of crazy situations. It was a disaster. It was crazy,” Ward said.
It was impossible for an ordinary citizen – even if they had paperwork. Somehow they are running this gantlet, somehow they will not be able to access it.
“It’s very complicated, it’s very dangerous, it’s completely unpredictable. There’s no order, there’s no integrated system for dealing with people.
Footage has surfaced in recent days. Showing thousands of people. Waving paper on American soldiers who prove that they helped America during the decades-long war.
Many fear they will be killed by the Taliban if left behind.
Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said Wednesday that only 2,000 people, including 325 Americans, had been evacuated from Afghanistan on 18 flights.
This is significantly less than the 5,000 to 9,000 people the United States intends to leave each day.
Kirby admitted he did not know how many Americans were trapped there.
Ward’s close confrontation with the insurgents on Wednesday came as the State Department issued a joint statement with 20 other countries calling on the Taliban to “guarantee” the safety of Afghan women and girls.
“Any form of discrimination and abuse must be stopped,” the statement said.
We are very concerned about Afghan women and girls, their right to education, work and freedom of movement. We call on those in positions of power and authority across Afghanistan to guarantee their safety.
We are ready to help them in the international community to ensure their support so that their voices can be heard.
“We will closely monitor how a future government ensures the rights and freedoms that have become an integral part of the lives of women and girls in Afghanistan over the past 20 years.”
The harsh statement came after an Afghan woman was shot dead for not wearing a burqa on Tuesday – despite the Taliban ushering in a new “comprehensive” era of respect for women’s rights. Promised to do.