The Taliban entered Afghanistan’s capital Kabul today and an official said President Ashraf Ghani had left the city for Tajikistan, capping the terrorists’ lightning push for power. A senior Afghan Interior Ministry official said Ghani had left for Tajikistan.
Asked for comment, the President’s office it “cannot say anything about Ashraf Ghani’s movement for security reasons”.
A representative of the Taliban said the group was checking on Mr Ghani’s whereabouts.
American diplomats were evacuated from their embassy by chopper after a swift advance by Taliban, who were poised to run Afghanistan again 20 years after they were toppled by US-led forces following the September 11 attacks on the United States.
Taliban fighters were reaching the capital “from all sides”, a senior Afghan interior ministry official told Reuters.
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Known during their past rule for keeping girls out of school and hardline Islamic punishments such as amputation, stoning and hanging, the Taliban appeared to be trying to project a more modern face.