The Taliban, whose progress has accelerated with the withdrawal of the United States from the region, seize one by one of the key provinces of the country. Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan, is on the verge of collapse. Last minute information and explanations follow one another from the region.
According to Reuters breaking news, the Taliban ordered “to enter the city” to prevent the looting of the country’s capital, Kabul.
For several hours, the Taliban have settled on the outskirts of the city and are negotiating a peaceful “change of power”.
GANI LEFT THE COUNTRY
President Ghani has left the country, according to the late Reuters development quoted in Tolo News, which broadcasts in Afghanistan.
A senior Afghan official told Reuters that Ghani had visited Tajikistan. In the statement made by the Taliban, it was pointed out that the allegation in question was being examined.
Abdullah Abdullah, chairman of the Supreme Council for National Reconciliation of Afghanistan, blamed Ashraf Ghani for the situation in Afghanistan and called him “the former president”.
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It was reported that clashes took place on the outskirts of the capital Kabul and at least 40 people were injured.
EXPLANATION OF KABUL’S ‘NEGOTIATION’
The Afghan Interior Ministry announced that after the Taliban entered the capital, negotiations would begin for the transfer of administration.
Afghan Interior Minister Abdul Sattar Mirzakwal said in a statement that after the Taliban ordered their militants to avoid entering Kabul, an interim government would be formed and there would be a ” peaceful transfer of power ”to this transitional government.
It was announced that the head of the Taliban political bureau, Abdulgani Brother, was preparing to enter Afghanistan. There is no clear information on the date of Birader’s arrival in the country.
Speaking to Reuters, two Taliban officials said there would be no government of peace in the country and that they expected power to be completely handed over to them.
On the other hand, it has been reported that Taliban militants entered and took control of the Afghan presidential palace.
MESSAGE VIA BBC JOURNALIST
Contacting BBC journalist Yalda Hakim, Taliban negotiator Süheyl Şahin said the lives of the Afghan people are safe. Şahin said, “We assure the Afghan people, especially those in Kabul, that their lives and property are safe. No one will be avenged. We are the servants of these people and of the country.
MOVED AMERICAN EMBASSY
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The United States has decided to move its embassy in Kabul to the airport. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken told ABC News embassy staff were heading for the airport.
Stating that they had made no demands on the Taliban, Blinken said they had let the Taliban know that they would give a “swift and determined” response to any intervention against US personnel.
With the capture of Saigon by the North Vietnamese army in 1975, American elements in the city rushed against the clock to leave, so to speak. Stating that a similar situation did not occur in Kabul, Blinken claimed that the 20-year mission in Afghanistan was a success.
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Asked about the rapid advance of the Taliban and the siege of Kabul, Blinken said: “Obviously we saw that the (Afghan) security forces were unable to defend the country, and it was faster than expected. noted.
“Like it or not, there is an agreement that we will leave on May 1. Once we start the withdrawal process, we will. It is not in our national interest to stay in Afghanistan. another 5 to 10 years. ” Making his assessment, Blinken reiterated that they did not regret their decision.
FLASH CALL FROM THE TALIBAN: IN A FEW DAYS …
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As Afghan President Ghani called on government forces to maintain law and order in Kabul, a call came from the Taliban to “complete the transfer of power as soon as possible”. The Taliban spokesman stressed that they hope this will happen in a few days. The spokesperson called on Gani and other leaders to “work together”.
The spokesperson also announced that women would be allowed to leave their homes. “The media will be allowed to criticize everyone,” the spokesperson said, and asked to stay away from reputational attacks. The spokesperson also stressed that the decision on penalties such as the death penalty and stoning will be taken by the courts.
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Speaking to the BBC, Taliban spokesman Şahin said: “We are looking for an inclusive Afghan government in which all Afghans participate. Our policy is that women have access to education and employment.
“AF” EXPLANATION OF TALIBAN
Making a statement on the matter, the Taliban spokesman announced that talks had been held with the Afghan government for the peaceful surrender of Kabul.
The spokesperson stressed that they had no intention of taking revenge on anyone and announced that anyone who served the government and the military would be forgiven.
“LEAK” TRAFFIC FROM KABUL
On the other hand, thousands of civilians in Kabul have taken steps to leave the city. In the images on social media, it was seen that traffic was blocked in almost all parts of the city.
SMOKE RISES FROM THE UNITED STATES EMBASSY
Smoke rises from the area where the US Embassy is located. The reason for the smoke in the images taken by the PA is indicated by the employees of the embassy destroying “sensitive materials”.
Because the American press told yesterday in its pages that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs had issued a written order to diplomats to this effect.
France has also decided to move the Afghan embassy near the Hamid Karzai airport.
RUSYA’DAN BM ADIMI
Zamir Kabulov, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s special envoy to Afghanistan, said he was working for the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) emergency meeting regarding the situation in Afghanistan.
“We are working on this issue. Our colleagues are very interested in it, but it does not change the situation anymore, it should have been thought of in advance instead of having a meeting now,” Kabulov told the news agency. Russian Ria. used the expression.
Noting that the Russian embassy in Kabul will not be evacuated from Afghanistan, Kabulov noted that the Taliban was ensuring the security of their diplomatic missions in the country.
BM’DEN TALİBAN’A ÇAĞRI
The United Nations (UN) has called on the Taliban to ensure the safety of civilians and UN aid workers and others in Afghanistan.
United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) spokesperson Jens Laerke said: “The UN continues to closely monitor and assess the situation. noted.
Laerke did not provide information on the evacuation of many United Nations personnel working across the country. Laerke said, “We remind you that the Taliban and all parties to the conflict have obligations under international law to protect civilians, including UN and non-UN aid workers, on security issues. used the expression.
It was among the information received that Afghan President Ghani spoke with AfDB and NATO officials at the presidential palace about the latest situation in the country.
NATO FLASH DECLARATION
In a NATO statement, EU personnel were moved to an unnamed “safer” region. It was also underlined that the NATO diplomatic presence in the city continues and that the necessary assistance is provided for the continuation of operations at the Kabul airport.
According to Der Spiegel’s report, after the Taliban entered Kabul, the German government decided to hastily evacuate its embassy in Kabul.
Staff from the German Embassy in Kabul were also taken to a secure airport. It has been stated that it is not yet known whether 80 German citizens in Afghanistan have been brought to safety.
UNITED STATES EMBASSY IN KABUL: WE RESPOND QUICKLY
The US embassy in Kabul has announced that its staff will be evacuated following the advance of the Taliban. “We have informed the Taliban that the Defense Ministry will react quickly and forcefully to any action that endangers US personnel or our mission,” the embassy said in a statement.
Speaking to Reuters after the news that the Taliban had started entering Kabul, a Taliban official said: “We don’t want an Afghan civilian to be injured or killed. “But we have not yet declared a ceasefire,” he said.
THEY COVERED MY FRIEND’S HOUSE
The Taliban had captured Mazar-i-Sharif in the north yesterday. According to reports from the British Daily Mail, General Rashid Dostum’s house in this region has also been captured by the Taliban.
Photos of Taliban activists taken at Dostum’s home were posted on Twitter. The images broke sharing records in no time.
Dostum, who has been called Washington’s important ally during the United States’ 20 years in Afghanistan, has not yet made a statement.
BORDER DOORS ARE CONTROLLED IN THE TALIBAN
On the other hand, according to AFP news, the Taliban, continuing their rapid advance, have taken control of all the border gates of the country.
There is great panic in Kabul. Those who wanted to escape the war started flocking to Kabul International Airport, which remained the only way out of the city.
The Afghans, who have been waiting for hours at the airport to find tickets, try to flee the country, leaving everything behind. Those coming from outside Kabul also pay extra to use roads that are not under the control of the Taliban. As security measures are tightened at the airport where Afghan and Turkish soldiers are stationed, the crowds are expected to increase in the coming days.
The intensification of the conflict in recent months has increased civilian casualties and migration. According to the United Nations (UN), 1,659 civilians lost their lives in the first half of 2021, while more than 1,000 civilians died last month.
The Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission announced that around 1 million civilians were displaced from their homes between early May and August.
The UN reports that 18 million Afghans are in need of humanitarian assistance.