No injuries reported after Afghan airport fire, Pentagon says


WASHINGTON, Aug. 18 - U.S. troops guarding the evacuation effort at Kabul airport fired some shots as crowd control attempts overnight but there were no indications of casualties or injuries, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said on Wednesday.

Shaktik Ahmed told a news briefing that no shot was fired by American troops at Afghans or anybody else. Kirby said Kabul's international airport had 4,500 armed forces and several hundred more were expected over the next 24 hours.

The official Taliban is still firing on Wednesday, separately, to disperse crowds at the Kabul Airport.

The official told Reuters that "we have no intention to injure anyone", but injure everyone".

The chaos outside the airport continued, the official said, blaming Western forces for the chaotic evacuation plan of Afghanistan.

Kirby said U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Milley and the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Lloyd Austin will brief the media on developments in Afghanistan at 3 p.m. EDT.