U.S. president Joe Biden addresses the United States for a second time this week. During the address, Biden said that the U.S. will evacuate any Americans who want to return to the U.S. He also announces that 18,000 people have been evacuated from Afghanistan in the past few weeks, and that 5,700 people were evacuated in the past 24 hours.
The Taliban sets up a cordon and blocks access to Kabul's Hamid Karzai International Airport and also fires warning shots as civilians attempt to leave the country.
A U.S. government watchdog charged with monitoring events on the ground says that the Afghan government will be "fighting for its life" and could fall under the control of the Taliban once the withdrawal of foreign troops is completed. The report states that Afghan "unprepared forces" are facing an "existential crisis" in response to the increasing Taliban attacks.
President Ashraf Ghani names Bismillah Khan Mohammadi as his new defense minister and Abdul Sattar Mirzakwal as the new interior minister, replacing their respective predecessors amid a deteriorating security situation, with foreign forces withdrawing from the country and the Taliban gaining territory, capturing six more districts.
The death toll from yesterday's school bombing in Kabul increases to 68 people.
Over 100 Taliban insurgents are killed as the Afghan Armed Forces retake parts of Helmand Province.
Ten people are killed and 15 others injured in a roadside bomb attack in Kabul that targeted the first vice president, Amrullah Saleh, who is wounded by the attack. The Taliban denied responsibility for the bombing.
Five rockets hit Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan, with no casualties reported. The Taliban denies responsibility and ISIL claims responsibility.