Daily US Times: Afghan government collapsed on Sunday as Taliban swept into the country’s capital and presidential palace after President Ashraf Ghani fled the country, reportedly for Tajikistan.
Sunday’s dramatic events marked the end of a costly two-decade US campaign to remake the country.
Heavily armed Taliban fighters were first stand the outskirts of Kabul on Sunday as the militant group said their fighters will not enter the city until a negotiation of peaceful transfer of power is reached. Few hours later, the Taliban asked its fighters to enter the city as Afghan government forces abandoned the city.
Taliban spokesman Suhail Shaheen said that they would hold talks in the coming days aimed at forming an “open, inclusive Islamic government.”
A Taliban official said earlier that they would announce from the presidential palace the restoration of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, the formal name of the country under Taliban rule before they were ousted from power by US-led forces in the wake of the 9/11 attacks.
Kabul was gripped by panic and fear. Helicopters raced overhead throughout the day to evacuate US embassy personnel. Smoke rose near the US embassy compound as staff destroyed important documents, and the American flag was removed.
Fearful people have rushed to leave the country as the Taliban’s winning has become clear. Many people and experts are fearing that the Taliban could reimpose the kind of brutal rule that all but eliminated women’s rights.
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