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Taliban Takes Over Afghanistan, Kabul Plunges into Fear and Panic

Sheena Joseph | Aug 16 2021
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The militant group Taliban marched into Kabul on Sunday with the intention of taking full control of Afghanistan. President Ashraf Ghani said that he wants to avoid bloodshed and prevent more deaths. He surrendered the government to the insurgents and fled the country.

Abdullah Abdullah, the chairman of Afghanistan's High Council for National Reconciliation criticised Mr. Ghani for leaving the country and said that God will hold him accountable. Afghan media reported that acting defence minister Bismillah Mohammadi said that President Ghani handed the authority of solving the "crisis" in the country to political leaders.

The Taliban declared that the 20-year-long war in Afghanistan is over and took control of the presidential palace in Kabul. It was announced that the terror group has plans to soon declare a new "Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan''.

After the troops of the Taliban started approaching Kabul on Sunday, hundreds of Afghans rushed to the Kabul airport in a desperate attempt to leave the homeland before the oppressive rule of the Taliban began. US troops fired shots into the air at Kabul airport on Monday as thousands of Afghans crowded onto the tarmac.

The national carrier Air India flight from Kabul to Delhi arrived safely with Indian citizens. India is trying to evacuate hundreds of officials and citizens from Kabul. India reportedly is prepared for such a situation and a fleet of C-17 Globemaster military transport aircraft of the Indian Air Force is kept on standby to undertake evacuation missions.

The US is set to deploy 6000 of its troops at Kabul airport to ensure the safe departure of its citizens and allies. Dozens of nations from around the world are urging the Taliban to respect and facilitate the departure of foreign nationals as well as Afghans who want to leave.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urged the Taliban to exercise "utmost restraint in order to protect lives and ensure that humanitarian needs can be addressed". He also called particularly for the protection of the rights of women and girls.