KABUL: President Ashraf Ghani fled Afghanistan on Sunday, with a senior official saying he was effectively empowering the Taliban, who entered the capital Kabul in just 10 days to seal a nationwide military victory.
A rebel spokesman confirmed that they had entered several districts of the city to “ensure security”.
Three senior Taliban sources also said. AFP The rebels have taken control of the presidential palace and a security meeting is underway in the capital.
In just one week, the Taliban have swept the country with electricity, unable to occupy the area without the cooperation of the US military, which is finalizing an evacuation after 20 years.
“The former Afghan president has left the nation and the people in this situation,” Abdullah Abdullah, the head of the peace process, said in a video on his Facebook page.
“God holds him accountable, and people will judge him.”
Abdullah gave no indication of where Ghani was going, but a leading Afghan media group. Tolo News Advised that he was going to Tajikistan.
During the months of peace talks with the government, Ghani’s resignation was one of the Taliban’s main demands, but he stubbornly clung to power.
The rebels said they wanted a “peaceful transition” in the next few days, two decades after US-led forces overthrew their government in the wake of the September 11, 2001 attacks.
Earlier on Sunday, the group ordered its fighters not to enter the capital, saying the remnants of government forces were responsible for security.
But a spokesman later tweeted that Taliban forces had entered several districts.
Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid tweeted that “Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan military units have entered Kabul city.” Their advancement continues as usual.
Massive evacuation attempt.
A security vacuum is feared in Kabul as thousands of police and other members of the armed services have abandoned their posts, uniforms and even weapons.
The United States began evacuating its citizens and Afghan staff to Kabul airport, with the help of thousands of troops stationed in the capital to help evacuate.
The U.S. embassy said there were “reports of a fire at the airport” but did not immediately confirm it.
NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said the Western alliance was working to make the airport run “to facilitate evacuation and co-ordinate”, as foreigners and Afghans gathered at the facility to try to leave the country. Were gone
US Secretary of State Anthony Blanken, however, rejected the comparison of the US departure from Saigon to Chaos in 1975.
“The fact of the matter is: we went to Afghanistan 20 years ago with a mission in mind,” he said on Sunday.
“It was about dealing with the people who attacked us on 9/11. The mission was a success.”
The Taliban’s immediate takeover has created panic in Kabul among residents who fear the Islam groups brand.
The scale and speed of the insurgents’ advance has taken the Afghan-US-led coalition by surprise, which has poured billions into the country over the past two decades.
President Joe Biden has ordered the deployment of 1,000 additional US troops to help secure the emergency evacuation of embassy staff and thousands of Afghans from Kabul who worked for US forces and now fear a retaliatory Taliban attack. ۔
It was the top 3,000 US troops deployed in recent days, and Biden announced in May that he had left the country after the final withdrawal of the US military presence in Afghanistan was completed by August 31.
The decision comes under further scrutiny in light of the demise of the Afghan armed forces, but it insisted on Saturday that there was no choice.
“I was the fourth president to preside over the US military presence in Afghanistan – two Republicans, two Democrats. I will not and will not move this war to a fifth,” Biden said.
On Sunday, Ghani’s government was left completely alone after seizing the anti-Taliban northern stronghold of Mazar-e-Sharif and the eastern city of Jalalabad.
Like other occupied cities, power was seized after government forces surrendered or retreated.
Videos posted on pro-Taliban social media accounts show the group’s heavily armed fighters waving white flags in cities across the country and greeting locals.
Most of the fighters appeared young, suggesting they were probably infants or had not been born when the Taliban were ousted in 2001.
In Kabul, frightened residents attacked banks the next day, hoping to save their savings.
Many have already resigned after the Taliban took power.
“My only wish is for his return to peace,” said Tariq Nizami, a shopkeeper in Kabul. That’s what we want.
For the tens of thousands who have sought refuge in Kabul in recent weeks, the mood has been one of fear and dread.
“I am worried that there will be a lot of fighting here,” said a doctor who arrived from Kunduz with his 35 families. AFP, Anonymity request.
“I’d like to go back home, where I know it’s stopped.”