Military planes in Kabul performing corkscrew landings to avoid potential missile attacks, report

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Evacuees aboard a C-17 Globemaster III aircraft in support of the Afghanistan evacuation at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Afghanistan.
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  • Military planes landing in Kabul airport fear potential missile attacks.
  • They are using flares and corkscrew landings to avoid them, the Associated Press reported.
  • The US and UK are warning about possible attacks, and some countries are stopping their evacuations.
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Military planes landing in Kabul airport are using various tactics to avoid potential missile attacks, the Associated Press reported.

Military cargo planes have fired flares that could disrupt any missile fire coming towards them, and are also using corkscrew landings to avoid potential attacks, the report said.

The AP has reported on these tactics being used since at least August 22.

In recent days, Western nations have heightened their warnings over the possibility of attacks at the airport as they try to evacuate people out of Afghanistan. The US and UK have singled out ISIS-K, the Islamic State affiliate in Afghanistan.

The UK minister for the armed forces, James Heappey, warned on Thursday that an "imminent, lethal attack" could happen at Kabul airport, and that people should stop trying to get to the airport.

The US also warned Americans to avoid travelling to Kabul airport, citing a "specific" threat from ISIS-K.

Some countries have also said they have stopped doing evacuation flights out of Kabul because of the potential for attacks.

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