Taliban occupy presidential palace in Kabul; Declaration of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan

Acceptance.- After entering the Afghan capital, a Taliban They finally occupied the presidential palace. A Taliban member reported that the group would soon announce Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan from there.

That was the name of the country when it was Taliban They were even expelled by US-led forces after the September 11, 2001 attacks. The gunman spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to report to the media.

Pictures broadcast by Al Jazeera showed Taliban fighters in the presidential palace in Acceptance, hours after the president Ashraf Ghani Leave the country.

in Facebook, Ghani He noted that he had made that “difficult” decision because otherwise it would have meant “destroying”. Acceptance.

Enter the militia Acceptance While helicopters passed overhead to evacuate US Embassy staff. Smoke rose near the compound as employees destroyed important documents. Other Western missions are withdrawing their personnel as well.

Civilians are afraid of it Taliban Reimposing the kind of brutal government that practically abolished women’s rights, they hurried to leave the country too, lining up in front of ATMs to withdraw their savings. The poorest, who had left their homes in the countryside thinking the capital was safer, stayed by the thousands in parks and open spaces all around. Acceptance.

President Ashraf Ghani Two officials told The Associated Press, on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to report to reporters, that they had flown out of the country. Abdullah Abdullah, Chairman of the National Reconciliation Council Afghanistan, later confirmed in an online video that Ghani was gone.

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He said, “The former president of Afghanistan has left AfghanistanWhich leaves the country in this difficult situation.” “God will hold him accountable.”

In a stunning attack, the Taliban captured almost everything Afghanistan In just over a week, despite the hundreds of billions of dollars the United States has invested over nearly two decades to bolster Afghan security forces. Just days ago, a US military analysis estimated that it would be a month before the capital came under pressure from the rebels.

The Taliban have defeated, recruited, or fled Afghan security forces in most parts of the country, despite the fact that the US military has provided some air support to the Afghan government.

Taliban spokesman Suhail Shaheen told Qatar’s English-language Al Jazeera satellite channel that the militants “are waiting for a peaceful transfer of power from the city. AcceptanceHe declined to elaborate on possible negotiations with the government.

However, when asked what kind of deal the Taliban want, Shaheen acknowledged that they are seeking unconditional surrender from the central government.

The acting defense minister, Bismillah Khan, tried to reassure residents that the capital would remain “safe”. The rebels also tried to pacify the city’s residents and indicated that their fighters would not enter people’s homes or interfere with their business. They also announced an “amnesty” for those who worked with the Afghan government or foreign forces.

“No one’s life, property, or dignity will suffer, nor the lives of its citizens.” Acceptance They will not be in danger.” The Taliban also warned that no one should enter the area around the capital.

Despite the promises, panic began to spread and many people rushed to leave the country through an airport AcceptanceThe last way out of the country after the Taliban captured all the border crossings.

The United States began quick connecting flights from its embassy with Chinook helicopters hours after militiamen took control of the nearby city of Jalalabad, the only major city except Acceptance They did not control. Several diplomatic armored vehicles left the US headquarters area.

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The US State Department did not initially respond to questions about the movements. However, plumes of smoke were seen near the embassy roof as diplomats quickly destroyed sensitive documents, according to two US military sources who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to comment on the situation. A few hours later, smoke rose in the area where embassies from other countries are located.

Subsequently, several Black Hawk helicopters, often used to transport troops, also landed near the embassy. At least one combat helicopter hovered overhead, while helicopters fired flares to repel possible missile fire. A few days ago, the United States decided to send thousands of soldiers to help evacuate embassy workers.

at an airport AcceptanceA pilot, who spoke on condition of anonymity to address security issues, said Afghan forces had abandoned the airport to Western military personnel.

With information from agencies

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