Taliban Take Over Kabul as Afghan President Flees Country

KABUL—Taliban fighters on Sunday took about the Afghan money as President Ashraf Ghani fled overseas, triggering a enormous hard work to airlift Western diplomats, civilians and Afghans possible to be targeted by the country’s new rulers.

Demoralized Afghan safety forces presented no resistance as the insurgents, who seized most of the state in just about a week, appeared Sunday early morning on Kabul’s outskirts. Even though the Taliban in the beginning explained they wouldn’t enter the city though a transitional authorities is currently being formed, they reversed their stance by dusk, indicating that an individual necessary to maintain public purchase just after Afghan law enforcement deserted their posts.

“To avert chaos and looting, the Islamic Emirate has requested the mujahedeen to get control of the deserted regions,” a Taliban statement explained. The Taliban fighters, it additional, won’t hassle any civilian or armed service officers of the former regime.

By night, the key road to the Kabul airport—packed with Afghans desperately seeking to escape and with 1000’s of American troops defending the evacuation effort—presented a strange scene of Taliban fighters mingling with uniformed Afghan troops.

Mr. Ghani, who fled the presidential palace and expended Sunday early morning at the U.S. Embassy, still left the Afghan money in the afternoon. “God will hold him accountable and the people of Afghanistan will make their judgment,” Kabul’s main peace negotiator explained in a online video concept. A senior safety formal verified Mr. Ghani’s departure.