Kabul: Taliban insurgents entered the Afghanistan capital Kabul on Sunday, an inside ministry official stated, as america evacuated diplomats from its embassy by helicopter, reported AFP
The senior official instructed Reuters the Taliban had been coming in “from all sides” however gave no additional particulars.
A tweet from the Afghan Presidential palace account stated firing had been heard at a variety of factors round Kabul however that safety forces, in coordination with worldwide companions, had management of town.
U.S. officers stated the diplomats had been being ferried to the airport from the embassy within the fortified Wazir Akbar Khan district. Extra American troops had been being despatched to assist in the evacuations after the Taliban’s lightning advances introduced the Islamist group to Kabul in a matter of days.
Simply final week, a U.S. intelligence estimate stated Kabul might maintain out for a minimum of three months.
“Core” U.S. staff members had been working from the Kabul airport, a U.S. official stated, whereas a NATO official stated a number of EU employees had moved to a safer, undisclosed location within the capital.
A Taliban official instructed Reuters the group didn’t need any casualties because it took cost however had not declared a ceasefire.
There was no speedy phrase on the scenario from President Ashraf Ghani, who stated on Saturday he was in pressing consultations with native leaders and worldwide companions on the scenario.
Earlier on Sunday, the insurgents captured the jap metropolis of Jalalabad and not using a struggle, giving them management of one of many fundamental highways into landlocked Afghanistan. In addition they took over the close by Torkham border put up with Pakistan, leaving Kabul airport the one method out of Afghanistan that’s nonetheless in authorities palms.
The seize of Jalalabad adopted the Taliban’s seizure of the northern metropolis of Mazar-i-Sharif late on Saturday, additionally with little preventing.
“There aren’t any clashes happening proper now in Jalalabad as a result of the governor has surrendered to the Taliban,” a Jalalabad-based Afghan official instructed Reuters. “Permitting passage to the Taliban was the one approach to save civilian lives.”
A video clip distributed by the Taliban confirmed folks cheering and shout Allahu Akbar – God is best – as a convoy of pick-up vehicles entered town with fighters brandishing machine weapons and the white Taliban flag.
After U.S.-led forces withdrew the majority of the their remaining troops within the final month, the Taliban marketing campaign accelerated because the Afghan army’s defences appeared to break down. AFP