This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghans have rushed onto the tarmac of the capital’s airport, as thousands try to flee the country after the Taliban seized power. Some clung to the side of a U.S. military transport plane before takeoff Monday.

TOPSHOT – Afghan people climb atop a plane as they wait at the Kabul airport in Kabul on August 16, 2021, after a stunningly swift end to Afghanistan’s 20-year war, as thousands of people mobbed the city’s airport trying to flee the group’s feared hardline brand of Islamist rule. (Photo by Wakil Kohsar / AFP) (Photo by WAKIL KOHSAR/AFP via Getty Images)

The widely shared image captured the sense of desperation as America’s 20-year war comes to a chaotic end. The Taliban swept into Kabul on Sunday after President Ashraf Ghani fled the country.

That brought an end to a two-decade campaign in which the U.S. and its allies had tried to transform Afghanistan. In the capital, a tense calm set in Monday, with most people hiding in their homes. Many fear chaos or a return to the kind of brutal rule the Taliban imposed when they were last in power.

We will update this story with new details as they unfold.