U.S. Marines guarding the perimeter of the airport in Kabul on Sunday.
Credit…Jim Huylebroek for The New York Times

Some Afghan military interpreters and other close U.S. allies, a stated priority group for evacuation from Afghanistan, are being turned away from the Kabul airport by American officials in order to give priority to U.S. citizens and green card holders, a State Department official said on Monday.

The details, given on the condition of anonymity because the official was not authorized to brief the news media, were supported by interviews with Afghans who have approached the airport in recent days, and with American veterans’ groups and other organizations that have tried to organize departures for Afghans who are at risk of retribution from the Taliban because they worked with the U.S. government.

The pace of evacuations has accelerated, and it is not clear what proportion of eligible Afghans — people who have secured Special Immigrant Visas to settle in the United States — are now being turned away, or how long that will last. Many of them said

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