The U.S. is launching a major evacuation operation as the Taliban captures over half of Afghanistan's 34 provinces and edges closer to Kabul. Follow Newsweek's liveblog throughout Friday for all the latest.
The Republican lawmaker urged President Joe Biden to "immediately commit to providing more support to Afghan forces."
Although U.S. troops are set to depart Afghanistan by Aug. 31, some are returning to help Americans evacuate.
The alert encouraged Americans to find commercial flights and leave the country immediately.
One analyst told Newsweek that a Taliban-run Afghanistan could have devastating ramifications for civilians, especially women and girls.
Human Rights Watch has reported that Taliban forces are killing detained soldiers and police, as well as civilians believed to have ties to the Afghan government.
"CENTCOM is aware of reports of an explosion in Kabul and is looking into it, but we have nothing more to provide at this time," a spokesperson for U.S. Central Command told Newsweek.
"They saved lives," Travis Horr of Washington, D.C. said.
"The airport must be open and operate. If the airport doesn't work, embassies will pull out, and in such a situation, Afghanistan would become an isolated state," said Turkey's defense minister.
A Pentagon official said on Friday that American and NATO troops had departed the key military stronghold, 30 miles from Kabul.
NATO will continue its "civilian diplomatic presence in Kabul, to provide advice and capacity-building support to Afghan security institutions," said Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.
U.S. State Department: "U.S. Embassy personnel are restricted from traveling to all locations in Kabul except the U.S. Embassy and other U.S. government facilities unless there is a compelling U.S. government interest in permitting such travel that outweighs the risk."
McKenzie's comments came after President Joe Biden ordered a full withdrawal of all American troops from Afghanistan by September 11, ending 20 years of U.S. involvement in the country.
The coronavirus epidemic has created the temptation to forgo the complicated peace process and to simply withdraw our troops. This is the very last thing America should be doing.
The sad truth is women's rights are far down the agenda for the U.S. They're not even mentioned in the Doha accord, despite pressure from international rights groups and the media.
There is a curious lack of recognition in Washington of just how effective the U.S. intelligence and military apparatus has become since 9/11.
Dozens of people have been killed or wounded after an explosion sent flames ripping through a wedding hall on Saturday night in Kabul, Afghanistan, according to The Associated Press.
The group warned Trump that multiple historical empires have taken the dream of victory in Afghanistan "to the grave."
The drafted framework is tentative but appears to be the closest the parties have come to reaching an agreement to end a 17-year war that has killed tens of thousands.
Abu Sayed Orakzai was killed along with several fellow fighters on August 25.
U.S. helicopters and drones buzzed overhead as Afghan soldiers attempted to force militants out of the eastern city of Ghazni.
Around 2,000 members of the Afghan Ulema Council were meeting in Kabul when a lone bomber struck.
At least 25 people were killed by two bombs close to the headquarters of the Afghan intelligence services.
"We know that the Russians are involved," claimed Gen. John Nicholson.