Footage Shows US Troops Firing Over Heads of Afghan Civilians Amid Kabul Airport Chaos

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The last US troops left Afghanistan on Monday, bringing to an end the 19+ year war in and occupation of that war-torn nation. In their final two weeks in the country following the Taliban takeover of Kabul, US and allied forces were largely confined to the Kabul airport, where they engaged in the evacuation of tens of thousands of people.

Footage has circulated on social media showing US troops and Afghan security personnel standing behind barbed wire fencing at an entrance to Kabul airport while firing and throwing smoke grenades, indiscriminately shooting what look like blanks or rubber bullets into a crowd of Afghan civilians.

The footage, filmed by US serviceman Michael Markland and shot at the airport’s security perimeter, goes on to show troops retreating behind the concrete barrier, some covering their faces, as the tear gas takes effect and stings soldiers’ eyes. Some civilians are also seen covering their faces following the gas attack. At one point, troops in Afghan army fatigues are seen beating unidentified individuals with the butts of their Kalashnikov rifles. Yet another portion of the video show medics trying to treat an individual who may have been hit by a projectile or stampeded, while another shows Marines carrying an unidentified individual in what looks like a black body bag as a distraught-looking man and two children walk behind them. One more clip shows four Marines running with a…

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