The Day Kabul Fell : Consider This from NPR One year ago, on August 15, 2021, the Taliban swept into power in Kabul.

It's a day that many remember, as videos and images showed a chaotic scene at the Kabul airport, with thousands of Afghans desperately trying to flee the country.

Lt. Col. Chris Richardella was one of the officers leading the U.S. Marine Corps at the airport when the Taliban took over. In a conversation with NPR's Mary Louise Kelly, he recounts what followed.

In participating regions, you'll also hear a local news segment to help you make sense of what's going on in your community.

Email us at considerthis@npr.org.

A U.S. Marine's View From Kabul's Airport As the City Fell to the Taliban

A U.S. Marine's View From Kabul's Airport As the City Fell to the Taliban

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Afghans crowd at the tarmac of the Kabul airport on August 16, 2021, to flee the country as the Taliban took control of Afghanistan. AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Afghans crowd at the tarmac of the Kabul airport on August 16, 2021, to flee the country as the Taliban took control of Afghanistan.

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One year ago, on August 15, 2021, the Taliban swept into power in Kabul.

It's a day that many remember, as videos and images showed a chaotic scene at the Kabul airport, with thousands of Afghans desperately trying to flee the country.

Lt. Col. Chris Richardella was one of the officers leading the U.S. Marine Corps at the airport when the Taliban took over. In a conversation with NPR's Mary Louise Kelly, he recounts what followed.

In participating regions, you'll also hear a local news segment to help you make sense of what's going on in your community.

Email us at considerthis@npr.org.

This episode was produced by Karen Zamora and Linah Mohammad. It was edited by Ashley Brown and Bridget Kelley. Our executive producer is Sami Yenigun.