Under fire, Kabul airport closed to commercial flights: US Military

According to reports, Afghanistan’s Taliban insurgents entered Kabul on Sunday and President Ashraf Ghani left the country, and it is not clear where he was headed. Officials and other Afghans had also fled.

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The US military on Sunday said that Kabul airport, which had come under fire after the Taliban entered the city, has been closed to commercial flights as military evacuations continue, sources said.

Reports quoted officials as saying that Afghanistan’s Taliban insurgents entered Kabul on Sunday and sought unconditional surrender of the central government. President Ashraf Ghani, who spoke to the nation on Saturday, left the country, and it is not clear where he was headed. Officials, foreigners, workers and other Afghans had also fled, reports said.

The Afghan president left the country as the Taliban advanced in order to avoid bloodshed in the capital city of six million people.

"Today, I came across a hard choice; I should stand to face the armed Taliban who wanted to enter the palace or leave the dear country that I dedicated my life to protecting and protecting the past twenty years. If there were still countless countrymen martyred and they would face the destruction and destruction of Kabul city, the result would have been a big human disaster in this six million city. The Taliban have made it to remove me, they are here to attack all Kabul and the people of Kabul. In order to avoid the bleeding flood, I thought it was best to get out," Ashraf Ghani said in a Facebook post. 

"Taliban have won the judgement of sword and guns and now they are responsible for protecting the countrymen's honor, wealth and self-esteem. Didn't they win the legitimacy of hearts. Never in history has dry power given legitimacy to anyone and won't give it to them. They are now facing a new historical test; either they will protect the name and honor of Afghanistan or they will prioritize other places and networks. Many people and many Aqshar are in fear and are unreliable in the future. It is necessary for Taliban to assure all the people, nations, different sectors, sisters and women of Afghanistan to win the legitimacy and the hearts of the people. Make a clear plan to do and share it with the public. I will always continue to serve my nation with an intellectual moment and a plan to develop. Lots more talk for the future. Long live Afghanistan," the Afghan President added.

The Taliban made a swift seize of nearly all of Afghanistan in just over a week and entered Kabul on Sunday. The insurgents, however, said in a statement that their fighters would not enter people's homes and no life, property and dignity of the citizens of Kabul will not be harmed. They also said they'd offer an amnesty to those who worked with the Afghan government or foreign forces, according to reports.

However, many panic-stricken people in Kabul, had fled, or in an attempt to flee the country, had rushed to the airport, and evacuation is being carried out, reports said.

(With inputs from agencies)

First Published:Aug. 16, 2021, 12:22 a.m.

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