Afghan Taliban takes control of presidential palace in Kabul
The Afghan Taliban have taken control of the Afghan capital, Kabul, and entered the presidential palace.
Former Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has left power for Tajikistan, while the Afghan Taliban have taken over the checkpoints.Abdullah Abdullah, chairman of the Afghan Reconciliation Council, also confirmed Ashraf Ghani’s departure.
Abdullah also asked for some time to negotiate with the Taliban.According to foreign media, clashes have also been witnessed in Kabul in which about 40 people have been injured.
On the other hand, Abdullah Abdullah may leave for Qatar with a delegation today for talks with the Taliban.
A Taliban spokesman said the Taliban should not enter anyone’s house or harass anyone.
The situation in Kabul has changed again since 2001, with the Taliban entering the capital.
Taliban leader Zabihullah Mujahid said the Taliban had been asked to occupy vacant posts by Afghan forces.
He added that Afghan citizens should not be intimidated by entry into some areas of Kabul.
Earlier, an operation to evacuate staff from the US embassy continued, with US citizens being flown to the airport in Chinook helicopters.
The airport was initially temporarily closed due to a crowd of civilians, but the Taliban later agreed to continue the airport operation.
The Taliban have also taken control of the Pul-e-Charkhi jail near Bagram and Kabul.
Taliban spokesman Sohail Shaheen said they would respect women’s rights in Afghanistan, assuring them that the lives and property of Afghan citizens were safe.
After Ashraf Ghani left the country, the question arose as to who would ensure the peaceful transfer of power.
However, former President Hamid Karzai said that a three-member liaison council has been formed after Ashraf Ghani to control the chaos and unrest.
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said in a statement on social media that he left Afghanistan to avoid bloodshed.
Earlier, British media quoted Tajik media as saying that Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and Afghan Vice President had arrived in Tajikistan from Kabul.