Taliban Fighters Enter Kabul From All Sides

Taliban Fighters Enter Kabul From All Sides
Taliban Fighters Enter Kabul From All Sides

 

The Taliban have entered the Afghan capital Kabul from all sides, the Afghan Interior Ministry said on Sunday Sirens could be heard along with sporadic gunfire. Several helicopters flew over the city center and launched flares.

The Taliban said they have no plans to take the Afghan capital “by force”. The armed group issued the statement as its fighters moved to the outskirts of Kabul Negotiations are underway to ensure that the transition process is completed safely, without compromising the life, property, and honor of anyone, and without compromising the life of Kabulis,” he said.

“The Islamic Emirate instructs all its forces to remain at the gates of Kabul, not to try to enter the city,” a Taliban spokesman tweeted, although some residents reported that the fighters entered some suburbs peacefully.

Panicked workers fled government offices. Thousands of civilians now live in parks and open spaces in Kabul itself, fearing the future President Ashraf Ghani’s chief of staff on Twitter urged the people of Kabul: “Please don’t worry. There is no problem. The situation in Kabul is under control ”.

Sirens could be heard along with sporadic gunfire. Several helicopters flew over the city center and launched flares.

He said “Negotiations are underway to ensure that the transition process is completed safely, without compromising the life, property, and honor of anyone, and without compromising the life of Kabulis,”  “The Islamic Emirate instructs all its forces to remain at the gates of Kabul, not to try to enter the city,” a Taliban spokesman tweeted, although some residents reported that the fighters entered some suburbs peacefully.

Panicked workers fled government offices. Thousands of civilians now live in parks and open spaces in Kabul itself, fearing the future president Ashraf Ghani’s chief of staff on Twitter urged the people of Kabul: “Please don’t worry. There is no problem. The situation in Kabul is under control ”.

Following their lightning advance on the capital, the armed group ordered its fighters to refrain from violence, allow safe passage to anyone seeking to leave, and ask women to head to protected areas, said a Taliban leader in Doha, Qatar.

US officials said the diplomats were being transported to the airport from the embassy in the fortified Wazir Akbar Khan district. More American troops were sent to assist in the evacuations.

The speed of the Taliban offensive has shocked many and raised questions about why the Afghan forces collapsed despite years of American training and billions of dollars spent. Just a few days ago, a US military assessment estimated that it would be a month before the capital came under pressure.