Shops, schools and markets have been shut. Some heart-breaking scenes unfolded in Kabul as the Taliban overran the Afghan capital leading to widespread chaos across the city. The Taliban forces have also taken control of the presidential palace after Afghan President Ashraf Ghani fled the country on Sunday night. Nation witnessed the desperation of Afghans at Kabul airport when several people clung to the side of moving limitary planes and at least two persons apparently fell to their deaths from the undercarriage soon after flight took off. The insurgents are now in control of all the districts of Kabul while a night curfew has been imposed in Kabul reportedly to prevent further violence. A Taliban spokesperson has said the war in Afghanistan is over, and a new power structure will soon be clear.
Last updated: 17 August 2021, 03:07 PM IST
Hundreds of people run alongside a U.S. Air Force C-17 transport plane, some climbing on the plane, as it moves down a runway of the international airport, in Kabul. Thousands of Afghans have rushed onto the tarmac at the airport, some so desperate to escape the Taliban capture of their country that they held onto the American military jet as it took off and plunged to death.
Taliban fighters patrolling inside the city of Ghazni, southwest of Kabul, Afghanistan. The insurgents have taken over a weeklong blitz across Afghanistan as the U.S. and NATO prepared to withdraw entirely from the country after decades of war.
Heavy smoke emanates after fighting between the Taliban and Afghan security personnel in Kandahar, southwest of Kabul.
Taliban fighters take control of Afghan presidential palace after the Afghan President Ashraf Ghani fled the country. Person second from left is a former bodyguard for Ghani.
Taliban fighters stand guard over surrendered Afghan security members forces in the city of Ghazni.
Taliban fighters inside the city of Ghazni
Taliban fighters stand guard in front of the Hamid Karzai International Airport, in Kabul. Thousands of people packed into the Afghan capitals airport on Monday, rushing the tarmac and pushing onto planes in desperate attempts to flee the country after the Taliban overthrew the Western-backed government.
Travelers entering Pakistan through a border crossing point in Chaman. A special flight of Pakistan’s national airline PIA arrived in Islamabad carrying 329 passengers from Kabul, and another carrying 170 people arrive later on Monday. The airline operated three flights to transport Pakistanis and other nationals looking to leave Kabul.
Members of the 16 Air Assault Brigade arrive in Kabul as part of a 600-strong UK-force sent to assist with Operation PITTING to rescue British nationals in Afghanistan amidst the worsening security situation there.