Taliban comes more closer to Afghanistan’s capital

Taliban comes more closer to Afghanistan's capital
Afghan security forces are still controlling central Kabul, but it is not clear for how long. Source: EPA
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Daily US Times: Taliban have reached the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan’s capital, after taking control of most of the key cities.

The interior minister of Afghanistan says negotiations have taken place to ensure a peaceful transition of power.

A statement from Taliban says its fighters had been ordered to remain on the edges of Afghanistan’s capital.

A Taliban spokesperson said: “We assure the people in Afghanistan – there will be no revenge on anyone.”

Russia is planning to convene an emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council to discuss the situation in Afghanistan.

Kremlin says it will not be closing its Kabul embassy, because it has been provided with security assurances by the Taliban.

It is almost two decades since the Taliban were ousted by a US-led military coalition in the aftermath of Twin Tower attack.

Bagram airfield and prison, about 5 miles (40km) north of the city centre, are in Taliban hands, the militant group claimed.

Once the largest American military facility in the country, the complex was evacuated by the US forces in the dead of night on 2 July.

President Joe Biden has defended his decision to speed up the US forces’ withdrawal from Afghanistan, saying he could not justify an “endless American presence in the middle of another country’s civil conflict”.

The US now is evacuating staff from its embassy in Kabul – with people seen boarding military planes at the airport, where 5,000 US soldiers have been deployed to help with the operation.

Taliban took control of Jalalabad earlier on Sunday, a key eastern city, without a fight.

This means the militant group have secured the roads connecting the country with Pakistan.

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