Taliban in control of Afghanistan panic in Kabul

Kabul – Victorious Taliban fighters patrolled Kabul on Monday following a stunningly swift end to Afghanistan’s 20-year war, as thousands of people mobbed the city’s airport trying to flee the group’s feared hardline brand of Islamist rule.

President Ashraf Ghani fled the country on Sunday night while the insurgents circled the capital, capping a military victory that saw them capture all cities in just 10 days.

“The Taliban have won with the judgement of their swords and guns, and are now responsible for the honour, property and self-preservation of their countrymen,” said Ghani after fleeing.

Government forces collapsed without the support of the US military, which invaded in 2001 after the September 11 attacks and toppled the Taliban for its support of Al-Qaeda.

But the United States ultimately failed to build a democratic government capable of withstanding the Taliban, despite spending billions of dollars and providing two decades of military support.

Taliban fighters took over checkpoints across the city and entered the presidential palace, after police and other government forces gave up their posts in Kabul on Sunday.

Militants with rifles slung over their shoulders were also seen walking through the streets of the Green Zone on Monday, the formerly heavily fortified district that houses most embassies and international organisations.


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