What the papers say – August 17

The chaos in Kabul dominates the nation’s newspapers again on Tuesday.

What the papers say – August 17

The desperate scenes in Afghanistan feature on almost all of the country’s front pages, with some questioning the actions of US President Joe Biden.

The Guardian says that it is “chaos in Kabul as thousands struggle to flee the Taliban”, in a stark front page echoed by The Independent.

Metro shows hundreds of Afghans trying to cram onto a US air force jet to escape Kabul and calls it “The flight from hell”, while the i reflects that for desperate Afghans there is “No way out”.

The Daily Mirror splashes with a photo from inside a US jet crammed with hundreds of people.

Meanwhile, The Sun turns up the heat on the US President over the withdrawal, calling him “Joke Biden”.

And the Daily Mail accuses the American leader of washing his hands of the country, while quoting Mr Biden as saying the chaos there is the “Afghans’ own fault” after the refusal of leaders and the military to stand up to the Taliban.

“Biden defends America’s flight”, says The Daily Telegraph, which also reports energy bills could soar under a “green gas hydrogen homes plan”.

The Times also features those two stories on its front page, while the Financial Times leads on the “chaos” engulfing Kabul airport.

And the Daily Express leads on Boris Johnson ordering an extra 200 paratroopers into Afghanistan to “save thousands of Britons” who are fleeing from Taliban forces.

In other news, the Daily Star says Russians space workers have accused a fellow astronaut of drilling a hole in the space station so her return to Earth would be postponed.

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