Correspondent in Jerusalem
Behind the Mazer-e-Sharif and Jalalabab fall to Throughout the night, the Taliban surround Kabul from early in the morning and negotiate with the local authorities “a peaceful transition”. The insurgent spokesman Zabihulá Muhayid He explained through social networks that “all parts of the country are already under the control of the Islamic Emirate” and reported that “we have ordered all forces to stand at the gates of Kabul, but not to try to enter the city.” .
Muhajid clarified that “since Kabul is a large and densely populated city, the Mujahideen do not intend to enter the city by force, but to enter Kabul peacefully. Negotiations are underway to ensure that the transition process is safely completed. ‘ The Taliban demand “an inclusive Afghan government.”
After addressing a message to the nation this Saturday appealing to resistance, the President Ashraf Ghani He addressed a new message at these critical times to say that “it is our responsibility to avoid chaos and we will do it in the best possible way. All those who attempt to plunder will be restrained by force.
A few hours later it was learned that Ghani was leaving Kabul for Tajikistan, the Afghan Interior Ministry confirmed. After his departure from the country, the president published a message on Facebook in which he explained that he made that decision to avoid a bloodbath.
After the departure of Ashraf Ghani from Afghanistan, the Taliban have ensured that they already control the Presidential Palace in the capital. This was indicated to Reuters by two commanders of the insurgents present in Kabul, although there is no confirmation of this from the Afghan government.
A video broadcast by the Qatari chain Al Jazeera shows a group of Taliban, several of them armed, in what is supposed to be the premises of the Presidential Palace.
Armed Taliban fighters have entered Afghanistan’s presidential palace in Kabul hours after President Ashraf Ghani fled the country.
— Al Jazeera English (@AJEnglish) August 15, 2021
The Defense Ministry also addressed the nation to ask for “calm” and affirm that “the city will not be attacked” and “the transition will be peaceful.”
These messages from each other arrived in the middle of the coming and going of helicopters and armored vehicles to the United States Embassy, in the diplomatic quarter of Kabul. Analysts such as Frud Bezhan compared the scene to the one experienced in the retreat from Saigon in 1975, “a complete mess.” Official US sources told The New York Times that the US envoy to Afghanistan, Zalmay Khalilzad, would have asked the insurgents to postpone their entry into the capital until they complete the evacuation.
Waiting to see the result of the negotiations – there is talk in the Afghan media of a transitional government – the Taliban they advanced to Bagram and they took control of the base in which they did not encounter any resistance either.