September 18, 2021

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The day the Taliban entered Kabul

The Taliban reached Kabul on Sunday, August 15. Just ten days after the lightning strike across Afghanistan, the rebels took control of the territory. Their entry into the capital is a sign of their total military victory over the Afghan army and government. On the same day, people learned that its leader Ashraf Ghani had left the country. As for Western embassies, they are busy evacuating their compatriots quickly.

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On Sunday morning, the Taliban were at the gates of the Afghan capital. But a spokesman for the Islamic Movement announced on Twitter that militants had been ordered not to enter Kabul. Early in the afternoon, a journalist from the American television network PBS, however, took pictures of a group holding a Taliban flag from his hotel. They keep singing towards the Presidential Palace. According to the reporter there, they did not carry weapons. Liz Sly says the Taliban have entered the Afghan capital. Reporter Washington Post (English content).

In the afternoon, the news falls: Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has left the country. His former rival and vice president, Abdullah Abdullah, chairman of the High Council for National Reconciliation, made the announcement in a video posted on his Facebook page. The day before, Ashraf Ghani had announced that he wanted to negotiate for a peaceful transfer of power.

In the process, a A Taliban spokesman released a new statement online. This time, Islamist militants were ordered to enter Kabul. In order “To ensure order” In the neighborhood “Abandoned by Police”. By the end of the afternoon, their weapons presence was confirmed. U.S.American journalist of NBC TV testifies Twitter (English content) I saw armed Taliban fighters on the streets of Kabul. “I imagine it will come in many more hours”, He predicts.

Over the course of the day, a journalist on local television tweeted that Kabul was already gradually changing its physiology due to the move to destroy female images on the walls of the capital.

Many thousands of Afghans who worked for the Americans are trying to leave the country quickly for fear of revenge. A reporter for the American television station NBC posted a photo on Twitter of Afghans trying to get a visa to the United States and filling out forms.

In all, the Pentagon estimates that about 30,000 people will be evacuated by August 31, the date set by President Joe Biden for the total withdrawal of US troops.

During the day on Saturday, U.S. helicopters continued their uninterrupted rotation between the U.S. Embassy on Sunday and a vast complex located in the heart of the capital, the over-reinforced “Green Zone” and the airport. The only way to leave the country .. is “Complete”, Concludes a journalist The Wall Street Journal And tweet This photo shows the evacuation of personnel guarding American soldiers from the US Embassy in Kabul.

But this is just another click on Twitter, especially, attacking spirits Liz Sly. Photo of a helicopter soaring in the skies of Kabul over the US Embassy. The film is reminiscent of the hasty evacuation of Americans during the fall of the Vietnamese capital in 1975 during the Vietnam War. “This is not Saigon”Nevertheless, at the same time CNN US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, the reference to this memory is even more painful for the United States.

Many Western countries are taking steps to reduce their presence in Afghanistan. Danish and German officials announced on Sunday that all of their foreigners had been transferred to Kabul airport. Ottawa says Canadians have already left the country. Before being evacuated on Monday, Germany transfers its diplomatic staff to Kabul airport on Sunday.

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The French ambassador to Kabul, David Martினnez, has tweeted a video of his group evacuating the “green zone”. The tricolor embassy has also moved to the airport, while military reinforcements and air assets have been sent to the United Arab Emirates in anticipation of the last French expulsion from Afghanistan.

On Sunday evening, the Taliban confirmed their presence in eleven districts of the city. They continue their progress there. Three Taliban executives told the AFP that the militants were now masters of the presidential palace. On a street in the capital, the reporter filmed the Taliban sitting on a U.S. military vehicle, the Humvee.

At night, the evacuation continues at Darshala in Kabul Airport. A journalist filming the scene a “Complete confusion”.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, now deported to an unknown location, concludes by explaining his escape from the country “Blood bath”. “The Taliban have won … and are now responsible for their country’s dignity, property and self-defense.”, He writes A message on Facebook. Meanwhile, the Al-Jazeera channel broadcasts images of Islamic militants at the presidential palace.