Active and veteran soldiers testify about chaotic American troop withdrawal from Afghanistan in what is expected to be a series of Republican-led hearings examining Biden administration's handling of the pullout.
Almost half of 53,000 Afghan refugees who arrived in US and are living at military facilities are children, according to a report.
Top US generals tell Senate committee they personally advised keeping 2,500 American troops in Afghanistan to bolster Ghani's embattled government, contradicting President Biden, who maintains no military chief advised him in favour of it.
Taliban hoists its flag over Afghan presidential palace, a spokesman says, as US marks 20th anniversary of September 11 attacks.
The clandestine meeting came ahead of a G7 virtual summit in which leaders will likely seek more time to evacuate foreigners and Afghans from Kabul.
President Joe Biden says US is keeping commitments it has made to Afghanistan, but Afghan leaders have to unite and troops need to fight against Taliban insurgents.
Flights from Kandahar airport were cancelled when rockets hit the runway, an official said, as the Taliban pressed on with their sweeping offensive across the country.
NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg describes security situation as "deeply challenging" with most foreign troops already out of the country where insurgents are pushing forward with their sweeping assault.
Pakistan's military said it had granted asylum to at least 46 Afghan soldiers who crossed the Durand Line into northwestern Pakistan after their military posts in Afghanistan were overrun by Taliban insurgents.
"Although we (Taliban) have the upper hand on the battlefield, we are very serious about talks and dialogue," a spokesperson of the Afghan insurgent group tells Reuters.
As a Taliban offensive spreads across Afghanistan, Ashraf Ghani will be hoping for a significant commitment of aid post troop withdrawal with Joe Biden expected to pressure the Afghan leader to strike a deal with the insurgents.
Countries to which evacuees could be flown include United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Qatar, and Kuwait, US official says as Taliban presses a major offensive in northern Afghanistan.
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