Afghanistan: Taliban strengthens its grip on the country with gunmen patrolling streets of Kabul

Families in Kabul are hiding in terror as armed Taliban militants patrol the streets and go door-to-door in search of anybody who labored in Afghanistan for Western governments and NGOs, in keeping with native reviews. 

Afghanistan’s consultant to the UN’s safety council Ghulam M. Isaczai stated ‘there are already reviews of goal killings and looting in the metropolis,’ at a gathering of the council on Monday, and warned of the Taliban’s historical past of going again on its guarantees.

‘Kabul residents are reported that the Taliban have already began house-to-house searches in some neighbourhoods, registering names and on the lookout for individuals of their goal lists,’ he added.

The alleged aggression from the Taliban comes regardless of the militant group’s leaders claiming civilians and foreigners don’t have anything to worry from them as they swept to full management of the country in a bit of over every week.

One Afghan father who labored for the British authorities stated he’s in hiding in Kabul with his spouse and 5 younger kids from the Taliban in worry for his or her lives after the militant group took management of the capital.

Sporadic capturing outdoors his dwelling and Taliban militants closing on close by homes, looting and capturing opponents, has precipitated him and his household to enter hiding.

Mohammed, 40, instructed the MailOnline in Kabul: ‘The Taliban are outdoors in the streets, looting homes and stealing our neighbours’ automobiles. We can hear gunfire and shouting. They are patrolling on scooters with their weapons and going to homes.’

Sayed Mustafa Kazemi, a Radio Free Europe journalist trapped in Kabul with his spouse and little one, tweeted that the Taliban have been looking for individuals with associations with the fallen authorities and NGOs in the metropolis.

‘Taliban began door to door search on the lookout for govt officers, former police & safety forces members & those that labored for overseas international locations NGOs or infrastructures in Afghanistan. 

‘At least 3 journalists’ homes have been searched in the final hour. Kabul is now changing into lethal,’ he warned. ‘This is a recreation changer for us all. Many have began counting their ultimate hours of life in Kabul. Nobody is aware of what occurs subsequent. Pray for us,’ he added in a second message.

Zarifa Ghafari, Kabul’s first feminine mayor, told The i Newspaper on Monday that she was ready for the Taliban to seek out and kill her and her husband.

‘I’m sitting right here ready for them to return,’ the 27-year-old instructed the newspaper. ‘There is nobody to assist me or my household. I’m simply sitting with them and my husband. And they are going to come for individuals like me and kill me. I can not go away my household. And anyway, the place would I am going?’ The newspaper reported she was unable to talk additional.

According to local reports, amilies in Kabul are hiding in terror as armed Taliban militants patrol the streets and go door-to-door in search of anyone who worked for the US, UK and Western governments and NGOs. Pictured: Taliban fighters are seen on the back of an armoured vehicle in Kabul, Afghanistan, 16 August 2021

According to native reviews, amilies in Kabul are hiding in terror as armed Taliban militants patrol the streets and go door-to-door in search of anybody who labored for the US, UK and Western governments and NGOs. Pictured: Taliban fighters are seen on the again of an armoured car in Kabul, Afghanistan, 16 August 2021

Pictured: People with Taliban's flags gather to welcome a man (not pictured) who was released from prison in Afghanistan, upon his arrival at the Friendship Gate crossing point at the Pakistan-Afghanistan border town of Chaman, Pakistan August 16, 2021

Pictured: People with Taliban’s flags collect to welcome a person (not pictured) who was launched from jail in Afghanistan, upon his arrival at the Friendship Gate crossing level at the Pakistan-Afghanistan border city of Chaman, Pakistan August 16, 2021

Taliban fighters are seen on the back of a vehicle in Kabul, Afghanistan, 16 August 2021, holding up a Taliban flag

Taliban fighters are seen on the again of a car in Kabul, Afghanistan, 16 August 2021, holding up a Taliban flag

Mohammed, a enterprise graduate, helped the British Council develop a scheme till 2016, serving to promote the empowerment of girls and youth schemes.

He is terrified the Taliban, who’re seizing management of the country’s capital after sweeping by the relaxation of the country, will search revenge on those that labored for the authorities or its businesses.

The enterprise graduate is one of 15 Afghans who’ve utilized for quick monitor resettlement in Britain, however who have been rejected final month and now stay in worry of Taliban retribution.

He instructed MailOnline that he feels ‘deserted and alone’ after being turned down with his household for relocation to Britain six weeks in the past regardless of the Taliban risk.

Mohammed stated: ‘We are scared. We worry if the Taliban discover us, they are going to kill us. I’m locked down with my spouse and my kids and the youngest is barely two-and-a-half months outdated.

‘My son requested me “Are the Taliban going to kill us?”. He can not go to high school now and all the pieces has modified. 

‘We have been very scared when any person got here to my door, however it was a neighbour. But I may see the fright in my kids’s eyes. 

Mohammed, whose actual identification is being withheld for his security, stated he wasn’t positive who amongst his neighbourhood have been his associates or his foe.

‘People are scared and a few are turning in the direction of the Taliban and people who know us might inform on my household and I that i labored for the British,’ he stated. ‘We might be killed by the Taliban for the work that I’ve executed for the UK. It is a really dangerous scenario for us right here.’

He stated he, alongside with others who would work for the British Council, had been instructed that the resettlement scheme known as Afghanistan Relocation and Assistance Policy, didn’t defend those that had not labored for the armed forces.

But he added: ‘We labored for six years for the British Council and the Taliban hate us simply as a lot as they do the others who might have been interpreters or supplied different help.

‘We have been the similar allies of the UK as the others. We are regarded by the Taliban as the similar enemies. We actually need pressing assist from the UK authorities to save lots of our lives.’

The British Council launched the Tawanmandi Project after the preliminary fall of the Taliban and it ran between 2010 and 2016.

It was designed to introduce an inclusive civil society with focus on points associated to entry to justice, anti-corruption, human rights, a free media and battle decision.

Through the Tawanmandi challenge greater than £18 million was specified by grants to 107 initiatives throughout 31 out of 34 provinces in Afghanistan.

The British Council web site states: ‘Through the Tawanmandi programme our challenge workforce is working to provide civil society organisations in Afghanistan larger capability to affect the authorities in being extra accountable and aware of the wants of Afghan residents.

‘Funded initiatives have instantly benefited near 150,000 Afghan residents …a complete of 1,874 workshops.

‘Over 400 ‘peace councils ‘have been established at a neighborhood degree in 9 provinces to handle and resolve native conflicts referring to land, irrigation, inheritance and family-based points.

‘This consists of 80 feminine peace councils and 160 peace councils dealing particularly with younger individuals.’

Mohammed added: ‘I plead with the UK Government to save lots of our lives. We are prone to be taken away and killed by the Taliban.

‘We can not sleep and are simply ready for the Taliban. We hope they don’t discover us as they might kill us. We need assistance urgently and ask for us to be made a precedence.’

A senior former official of the Tawanmandi challenge stated: ‘The UK authorities determined to shut it down in 2016 and I’ve had no contact with the individuals there since.’ 

Mail Online has approached the Foreign Office for remark.  

Pictured: Taliban fighters stand guard along a roadside near the Zanbaq Square in Kabul on August 16, 2021. Victorious Taliban fighters patrolled Kabul on Monday after a stunningly swift end to Afghanistan's 20-year war, as thousands of people mobbed the city's airport trying to flee the group's feared hardline brand of Islamist rule

Pictured: Taliban fighters stand guard alongside a roadside close to the Zanbaq Square in Kabul on August 16, 2021. Victorious Taliban fighters patrolled Kabul on Monday after a stunningly swift finish to Afghanistan’s 20-year warfare, as hundreds of individuals mobbed the metropolis’s airport attempting to flee the group’s feared hardline model of Islamist rule

Pictured: Taliban fighters stand guard on top of an armoured vehicle that appears to be a US military Humvee, in front of the Hamid Karzai International Airport, in Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, Aug. 16, 2021

Pictured: Taliban fighters stand guard on high of an armoured car that seems to be a US army Humvee, in entrance of the Hamid Karzai International Airport, in Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, Aug. 16, 2021

Pictured: Three taliban fighters, one of which is shown holding an AK47 - stand on a vehicle along the roadside in Kabul on August 16, 2021

Pictured: Three taliban fighters, one of which is proven holding an AK47 – stand on a car alongside the roadside in Kabul on August 16, 2021

Victorious Taliban fighters patrolled Kabul on Monday after a stunningly swift finish to Afghanistan’s 20-year warfare, as hundreds of individuals mobbed the metropolis’s airport attempting to flee the group’s feared hardline model of Islamist rule.

It took the Taliban simply over every week to grab management of the country after a lightning sweep that led to Kabul as authorities forces educated for years and outfitted by Britain, the United States and different Western nations at a value of billions of {dollars}, melted away. 

As the militants declared victory and claimed peace had been delivered to the country, no less than 5 individuals have been killed in Kabul airport and one other three reportedly died falling from a aircraft, whereas lots of tried to forcibly enter plane leaving the Afghan capital, witnesses stated.

After police and different authorities forces gave up their posts in Kabul on Sunday, Taliban fighters took over checkpoints throughout the metropolis and entered the presidential palace and the Afghan parliament constructing.

Videos from the metropolis on Monday confirmed Taliban fighters driving armoured automobiles and pickup vans by the streets, with armed militiamen standing on the rear – some with mounted heavy machine weapons.

Militants with rifles slung over their shoulders have been additionally seen strolling Monday by the streets of the Green Zone, the previously closely fortified district that homes most embassies and worldwide organisations – the workers from which which are in the course of of being evacuated at the metropolis’s airport. 

The Taliban sought to reassure the worldwide group that Afghans shouldn’t worry them, and they won’t take revenge in opposition to those that supported the US-backed alliance.

In a message posted to social media, Taliban co-founder Abdul Ghani Baradar known as on his fighters to stay disciplined after taking management of the metropolis. ‘Now it is time to check and show, now we have now to point out that we will serve our nation and guarantee safety and luxury of life,’ he stated.

The Taliban’s seize of the capital had occurred, as in lots of different cities, with out the bloodshed that many had feared, however there have been determined scenes at Kabul’s airport as individuals tried to board the few flights obtainable. 

People have been pictured scaling the barbed wire-lined partitions round the airport’s perimeter as individuals frantically tried to board flights and escape the metropolis now below the militant’s management. On the tarmac, individuals have been seen attempting to climb a shifting US army evacuation aircraft, whereas others have been proven sitting on high of a business jet.

One witness stated he had seen the our bodies of 5 individuals being taken to a car. Another witness stated it was not clear whether or not the victims have been killed by gunshots or in a stampede.

‘We are afraid to stay on this metropolis,’ a 25-year-old ex-soldier stated as he stood amongst big crowds on the tarmac. ‘Since I served in the military, the Taliban would positively goal me. 

U.S. troops, who’re in cost of the airport, earlier fired in the air to scatter the crowd, a U.S. official stated, however officers weren’t instantly obtainable to remark on the deaths.

Meanwhile, refugees have been massing at the borders as individuals desperately attempt to flee Afghanistan earlier than the Taliban’s brutal guidelines are carried out, with footage from the country’s border with Pakistan exhibiting lots of of individuals queuing in an try to depart. 

Thousands of Afghans rush to the Hamid Karzai International Airport as they try to flee the Afghan capital of Kabul, Afghanistan, on August 16, 2021

Thousands of Afghans rush to the Hamid Karzai International Airport as they attempt to flee the Afghan capital of Kabul, Afghanistan, on August 16, 2021

Pictured: People struggle to cross the boundary wall of Hamid Karzai International Airport to flee the country after rumors that foreign countries are evacuating people even without visas, after Taliban took control of Kabul, Afghanistan, August 16

Pictured: People battle to cross the boundary wall of Hamid Karzai International Airport to flee the country after rumors that overseas international locations are evacuating individuals even with out visas, after Taliban took management of Kabul, Afghanistan, August 16

Pictured: Afghan people climb atop a plane as they wait at the Kabul airport in Kabul on August 16, 2021

Pictured: Afghan individuals climb atop a aircraft as they wait at the Kabul airport in Kabul on August 16, 2021

Pictured: Afghans crowd at the tarmac of the Kabul airport on August 16, 2021, to flee the country as the Taliban were in control of Afghanistan after President Ashraf Ghani fled the country and conceded the insurgents had won the 20-year war

Pictured: Afghans crowd at the tarmac of the Kabul airport on August 16, 2021, to flee the country as the Taliban have been in management of Afghanistan after President Ashraf Ghani fled the country and conceded the insurgents had received the 20-year warfare

Pictured: US soldiers take up their positions as they secure the airport in Kabul on August 16, 2021

Pictured: US troopers take up their positions as they safe the airport in Kabul on August 16, 2021

British Forces from 16 Air Assault Brigade arrive in Kabul, Afghanistan, to provide support to British nationals leaving the country, as part of Operation PITTING after Taliban insurgents took control of the presidential palace in Kabul, August 15

British Forces from 16 Air Assault Brigade arrive in Kabul, Afghanistan, to supply help to British nationals leaving the country, as half of Operation PITTING after Taliban insurgents took management of the presidential palace in Kabul, August 15

Pictured: A map showing the Afghan districts taken by the Taliban (green), those being contested (red) and those still under the control of the government (blue). Cities captured by the Taliban are also shown

Pictured: A map exhibiting the Afghan districts taken by the Taliban (inexperienced), these being contested (purple) and people nonetheless below the management of the authorities (blue). Cities captured by the Taliban are additionally proven

Pictured: A map of Kabul showing the locations of the Afghan Presidential Palace, the British Embassy and the airport

Pictured: A map of Kabul exhibiting the places of the Afghan Presidential Palace, the British Embassy and the airport

The chaos in Afghanistan’s capital comes as:

  • Britain’s ambassador to Afghanistan stays in Kabul, regardless of an SAS-backed operation to evacuate embassy workers amid a Taliban takeover of the metropolis; 
  • The US ambassador and embassy workers fled Afghanistan after Taliban forces stormed Kabul;    
  • President Biden ordered about 5,000 troops to assist evacuate US workers ‘and different allied personnel’;
  • PM Boris Johnson stated stated the US choice to withdraw from Afghanistan had ‘accelerated’ the disaster;
  • British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab was pressured to return to the UK from his vacation overseas; 
  • Tory MPs known as fallout from Anglo-US withdrawal ‘Britain’s worst overseas coverage catastrophe since Suez’;
  • MPs are anticipated to to vent their anger and frustration after they return to Westminster on Wednesday for an emergency recall of Parliament to debate the disaster;
  • President Biden defended the withdrawal of US troops and blamed his predecessor Donald Trump for a deal that left the warlords ‘in the strongest place militarily since 2001’; 
  • US Secretary of State Antony Blinken insisted the scene in Afghanistan isn’t akin to the fall of Saigon as he diverted blame for the Taliban takeover on Republicans;
  • German Chancellor Angela Merkel stated troops can be deployed to Afghanistan to evacuate German residents and Afghans at risk from the Taliban; 
  • Several dozen French residents are to be repatriated by aircraft from Afghanistan, French Armed Forces minister Florence Parly instructed France Info radio; 
  • New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern known as for the Taliban to uphold human rights and stated the world was watching: ‘It’s going to be all about the actions, not the phrases’;
  • Russia stated it noticed no have to evacuate its embassy for the time being and stated it could meet on Tuesday to resolve whether or not to recognise the new authorities, whereas Turkey stated its embassy would proceed operations.

President Ashraf Ghani fled the country on Sunday night time as the insurgents encircled the capital – saying he wished to keep away from bloodshed – capping a army victory that noticed them seize all cities in simply 10 days.

In a Facebook submit, Ghani stated he had left the country to keep away from clashes with the Taliban that will endanger thousands and thousands of Kabul residents. Some social media customers branded Ghani, who didn’t disclose his location, a coward for leaving them in chaos. Al Jazeera reported he had flown to Uzbekistan, citing his private bodyguard.

‘The Taliban have received with the judgement of their swords and weapons, and at the moment are liable for the honour, property and self-preservation of their countrymen,’ Ghani stated after fleeing.

Taliban officers stated that they had obtained no reviews of any clashes anyplace in the country: ‘The scenario is peaceable,’ one official stated. The Taliban managed 90 p.c of state buildings and fighters had been instructed to stop any harm, the official added.

‘Today is a superb day for the Afghan individuals and the mujahideen. They have witnessed the fruits of their efforts and their sacrifices for 20 years,’ Mohammad Naeem, the spokesman for the Taliban’s political workplace, instructed Al Jazeera TV. ‘Thanks to God, the warfare is over in the country.’ 

Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, who fought in the Soviet-Afghan War throughout the Nineteen Eighties and helped ex-chief Mohammad Omar create the Taliban in 1994, has already been put in as the head of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, in keeping with reviews in the Arab world.  

Video from Afghanistan’s parliament constructing confirmed Taliban fighters getting into the principal chamber right now. The grainy footage confirmed fighters carrying weapons sitting at a desk at the head of the chamber below the authorities’s seal, with some smiling and posing for pictures. 

Government forces collapsed with out the help of the US army, which invaded in 2001 after the September 11 assaults and toppled the Taliban for its help of Al-Qaeda.

But the United States in the end didn’t construct a democratic authorities succesful of withstanding the Taliban, regardless of spending billions of {dollars} and offering twenty years of army help.

Russia stated its ambassador to Afghanistan will meet with the Taliban in Kabul on Tuesday and that it’ll resolve on whether or not to formally recognise the new authorities.

China on Monday stated it’s prepared to develop ‘pleasant relations’ with the Taliban after the Islamist hardliners seized management of Afghanistan.

‘China respects the proper of the Afghan individuals to independently decide their very own future and is prepared to proceed to develop… pleasant and cooperative relations with Afghanistan,’ overseas ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying instructed reporters. 

Pashtana Durrani from non-profit organisation Learn Afghanistan instructed BBC Breakfast on Monday that the Taliban have to date been unclear about how they intend to rule Afghanistan now they’re in energy.

‘In some locations they’re very good to individuals after which there are locations the place they’ve been slitting throats,’ she instructed the morning present. ‘So I do not need to belief them and I’m not trusting them for his or her phrase.

‘But at the similar time, the very first thing that they did yesterday – they stripped us of our flag. They introduced down the flag. The second factor that they did, is they’re in the course of of altering the identify of Afghanistan.

‘And at the similar time we’re being stripped of our political rights, our mobility rights, our social rights. So these are some instant issues that we all know are going to occur, or are in the course of of taking place,’ she stated.     

Pictured: Mullah Baradar Akhund, a senior official of the Taliban, seated with a group of men, makes a video statement, in this still image taken from a video recorded in an unidentified location and released on August 16, 2021

Pictured: Mullah Baradar Akhund, a senior official of the Taliban, seated with a gaggle of males, makes a video assertion, on this nonetheless picture taken from a video recorded in an unidentified location and launched on August 16, 2021

Taliban fighters take control of Afghan presidential palace after the Afghan President Ashraf Ghani fled the country

Taliban fighters take management of Afghan presidential palace after the Afghan President Ashraf Ghani fled the country

Taliban fighters stormed the ancient palace on Sunday and demanded a 'peaceful transfer of power' as the capital city descended into chaos

Taliban fighters stormed the historical palace on Sunday and demanded a ‘peaceable switch of energy’ as the capital metropolis descended into chaos

Video from Afghanistan's parliament building showed Taliban fighters entering the main chamber today

The grainy footage showed fighters carrying weapons sitting at a table at the head of the chamber under the government's seal, with some smiling and posing for photographs

Video (pictured) from Afghanistan’s parliament constructing confirmed Taliban fighters getting into the principal chamber right now. The grainy footage confirmed fighters carrying weapons sitting at a desk at the head of the chamber below the authorities’s seal, with some smiling and posing for pictures

Russian ambassador to fulfill Taliban in Kabul Tuesday 

Russia stated its ambassador to Afghanistan will meet with the Taliban in Kabul on Tuesday and that it’ll resolve on whether or not to recognise the new authorities primarily based on its conduct.

‘Our ambassador is involved with the Taliban management, tomorrow he’ll meet with the Taliban safety coordinator,’ overseas ministry official Zamir Kabulov stated in an interview with the Ekho Moskvy radio station on Monday.

He stated the talks between Moscow’s ambassador, Dmitry Zhirnov, and the Taliban would centre on how the group plans to supply safety for the Russian embassy in the Afghan capital.

On Sunday, as the Taliban accomplished its army takeover of Afghanistan, Kabulov stated that Russia had no plans on evacuating its embassy – although on Monday he stated that ‘half’ of its workers can be ‘evacuated’.

Kabulov additionally stated that Moscow will resolve on recognising the new Taliban authorities primarily based ‘on the conduct of the new authorities’.

‘We will fastidiously see how responsibly they govern the country in the close to future. And primarily based on the outcomes, the Russian management will draw the mandatory conclusions,’ Kabulov stated.

In current years, Russia has sought to achieve out to the Taliban and has hosted Taliban representatives in Moscow a number of instances, most lately final month.

Moscow is carefully expecting a possible spillover of the instability into neighbouring ex-Soviet Central Asian international locations the place Russia maintains army bases. 

Reporting by AFP 

The United States had despatched 6,000 troops to the airport to make sure the protected evacuation of embassy workers, in addition to Afghans who labored as interpreters or in different help roles.

Other governments had additionally organised constitution flights.

The US authorities stated Monday it had secured the airport, however there was nonetheless chaos with witnesses reporting American troopers firing in the air to warn off crowds.

Authorities then cancelled all remaining business flights as a result of of the chaos.

‘There shall be no business flights from Hamid Karzai Airport to stop looting and plundering. Please don’t rush to the airport,’ the Kabul airport authority stated in a message despatched to reporters.

The United States had earlier launched an announcement with greater than 65 nations urging the Taliban to let Afghans go away the country, warning of accountability for any abuses.

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres urged the Taliban and all events to ‘train restraint’ and stated the rights of girls and women, who suffered below the earlier Taliban regime, should be protected.

The Taliban imposed an ultra-strict interpretation of sharia regulation throughout their 1996-2001 rule.

This included banning women from faculties and girls from working, whereas individuals have been publicly stoned to demise for adultery. 

As individuals scrambled to flee Afghanistan, neighbouring Pakistan’s state-run airline stated on Monday it has halted all flights to Afghanistan’s capital of Kabul as a result of of the ‘unsure safety scenario’ there.

Spokesman Abdullah Hafeez stated Monday that Pakistan International Airlines determined to guard passengers, the crew and the planes after consulting the Afghan civil aviation authorities.  

Pakistan’s inside minister stated on Sunday the country had closed the Torkham border level with Afghanistan after the Taliban took management of the Afghan border facility.

Sheikh Rashid Ahmed stated the choice to shut the Torkhan border was taken as a consequence of as a consequence of a rare scenario on the different facet. Ahmed instructed the native Geo tv that the border was closed when Afghan police surrendered to the Taliban.

Ahmed stated the Chaman border level with Afghanistan stays open.

Pakistan has already stated that it can not bear any load of new Afghan refugees in the wake of disaster in the war-torn country. Pakistan is about to finish fencing alongside the lengthy, porous border, saying the step has been taken to verify the militants’ motion throughout the border. 

Pictured: Taliban forces patrol in Kabul, Afghanistan, August 16, 2021. Taliban officials said they had received no reports of any clashes anywhere in the country as they took control in little over a week

Pictured: Taliban forces patrol in Kabul, Afghanistan, August 16, 2021. Taliban officers stated that they had obtained no reviews of any clashes anyplace in the country as they took management in little over every week

After police and other government forces gave up their posts in Kabul on Sunday, Taliban fighters took over checkpoints across the city and entered the presidential palace. Pictured: Taliban fighters in Kabul, August 16, 2021

After police and different authorities forces gave up their posts in Kabul on Sunday, Taliban fighters took over checkpoints throughout the metropolis and entered the presidential palace. Pictured: Taliban fighters in Kabul, August 16, 2021

Taliban fighters ride on a police vehicle outside Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, August 16, 2021

Taliban fighters journey on a police car outdoors Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, August 16, 2021

Taliban stands guard outside the Hamid Karzai International Airport as people walk to the airport to flee the country after rumors that foreign countries are evacuating people even without visas, in Kabul, Afghanistan, August 16, 2021

Taliban stands guard outdoors the Hamid Karzai International Airport as individuals stroll to the airport to flee the country after rumors that overseas international locations are evacuating individuals even with out visas, in Kabul, Afghanistan, August 16, 2021

Taliban members patrol the streets of Afghan capital Kabul on August 16, 2021, as the Taliban takes control of Afghanistan after President Ashraf Ghani fled the country

Taliban members patrol the streets of Afghan capital Kabul on August 16, 2021, as the Taliban takes management of Afghanistan after President Ashraf Ghani fled the country

A Taliban fighter sits on his motorcycle along a roadside at Shahr-e Naw in Kabul on August 16, 2021

A Taliban fighter sits on his bike alongside a roadside at Shahr-e Naw in Kabul on August 16, 2021

A US Chinook helicopter flies over the city of Kabul as diplomatic vehicles leave the compound after the Taliban advanced on the Afghan capital, August 15

A US Chinook helicopter flies over the metropolis of Kabul as diplomatic automobiles go away the compound after the Taliban superior on the Afghan capital, August 15

Al Jazeera broadcast footage of what it stated have been Taliban commanders in the presidential palace with dozens of armed fighters.

Taliban spokesman Mohammad Naeem stated the kind of the new regime in Afghanistan can be made clear quickly, including the Taliban didn’t need to stay in isolation and calling for peaceable worldwide relations.

‘We have reached what we have been searching for, which is the freedom of our country and the independence of our individuals,’ he stated. ‘We won’t permit anybody to make use of our lands to focus on anybody, and we don’t need to hurt others.’

Many Afghans worry the Taliban will return to previous harsh practices of their imposition of sharia spiritual regulation. During their 1996-2001 rule, girls couldn’t work and punishments resembling stoning, whipping and hanging have been administered.

Both the United Nations and the United States stated final week that they had obtained reviews that Taliban fighters have been executing surrendering authorities troopers.

A Taliban chief stated the insurgents have been regrouping from totally different provinces, and would wait till overseas forces had left earlier than creating a brand new governance construction.

The chief, who requested anonymity, stated Taliban fighters had been ‘ordered to permit Afghans to renew day by day actions and do nothing to scare civilians’. 

Central Kabul streets have been largely abandoned early on a sunny Monday as waking residents contemplated their future.

‘I’m in a whole state of shock,’ stated Sherzad Karim Stanekzai, who spent the night time in his carpet store to protect it. ‘I do know there shall be no foreigners, no worldwide individuals who will now come to Kabul.’

The militants sought to challenge a extra reasonable face, promising to respect girls’s rights and defend each foreigners and Afghans.

In a video message on Monday, former President of Afghanistan Hamid Karzai pleaded with the Taliban to spare the individuals of the country and provides them protected passage.

‘To the individuals of Kabul, I, my daughters and my household are right here with you,’ he stated. ‘My want is that the issues of our country and capital might be solved with peaceable dialogue and negotiations. I need the Taliban forces, wherever you’re, to supply security to the individuals and take note of protect individuals’s lives.

‘I counsel all the individuals to remain in your properties. We are attempting to speak with the management of Taliban to resolve the issues of the individuals of Afghanistan by dialogue and brotherhood, for the sake of our nation. That’s why I’m speaking to you once more. I say to the Taliban, wherever you’re, save the lives of the individuals. And to the (Afghan) forces, be sure that their lives are out of hazard. Take excellent care of yourselves, in order that I can discuss to you once more.’

Pictured: Pakistan's soldiers check the documents of stranded Afghan nationals wanting to return to Afghanistan at the Pakistan-Afghanistan border crossing point in Chaman on August 16, 2021

Pictured: Pakistan’s troopers verify the paperwork of stranded Afghan nationals desirous to return to Afghanistan at the Pakistan-Afghanistan border crossing level in Chaman on August 16, 2021

Pictured: A Pakistan's army soldier stands guard as people arriving from Afghanistan make their way at the Friendship Gate crossing point at the Pakistan-Afghanistan border town of Chaman, Pakistan August 16, 2021

Pictured: A Pakistan’s military soldier stands guard as individuals arriving from Afghanistan make their means at the Friendship Gate crossing level at the Pakistan-Afghanistan border city of Chaman, Pakistan August 16, 2021

Pictured: People arriving from Afghanistan make their way at the Friendship Gate crossing point at the Pakistan-Afghanistan border town of Chaman, Pakistan August 16, 2021

Pictured: People arriving from Afghanistan make their means at the Friendship Gate crossing level at the Pakistan-Afghanistan border city of Chaman, Pakistan August 16, 2021

Travelers enter in Pakistan through a border crossing point in Chaman, Pakistan, Monday, Aug. 16, 2021. A special flight of Pakistan's national airline PIA has arrived in Islamabad carrying 329 passengers from Kabul, and another carrying 170 people will arrive later today

Travelers enter in Pakistan by a border crossing level in Chaman, Pakistan, Monday, Aug. 16, 2021. A particular flight of Pakistan’s nationwide airline PIA has arrived in Islamabad carrying 329 passengers from Kabul, and one other carrying 170 individuals will arrive later right now

Pakistan's newspapers are pictured displaying front page news about Afghanistan, at a stall in Islamabad on August 16, 2021 after the Taliban were in control of Afghanistan after President Ashraf Ghani fled the country and conceded the insurgents had won the 20-year war

Pakistan’s newspapers are pictured displaying entrance web page information about Afghanistan, at a stall in Islamabad on August 16, 2021 after the Taliban have been in management of Afghanistan after President Ashraf Ghani fled the country and conceded the insurgents had received the 20-year warfare

Boris Johnson urges the West NOT to recognise Taliban authorities 

Boris Johnson is urging western international locations to not recognise the Taliban as the reliable authorities of Afghanistan and says the country should not develop into a ‘breeding floor for terror’, after he was seen posing for footage with Team GB Olympians. 

The Prime Minister has earlier posed for publicity footage with athletes at an occasion in London as Downing Street stated ministers and senior officers would meet on Sunday afternoon to debate the worsening scenario.

And it emerged Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab had flown again to Britain from his abroad vacation, breaking his silence on the war-torn country. He stated the world should inform the Taliban ‘the violence should finish and human rights should be protected’. 

The Foreign Office refused to say the place the Foreign Secretary was however stated he was anticipated to land in the UK right now. 

Following an emergency assembly of Cobra yesterday, Mr Johnson known as for a ‘united place amongst the like-minded’ and stated it was ‘clear’ there’s ‘going to be very shortly a brand new authorities in Kabul, or a brand new political dispensation’.

He stated the scenario in Afghanistan stays ‘tough’, and the Government’s precedence is ‘to ensure we ship on our obligations to UK nationals in Afghanistan, to all those that have helped the British effort… over 20 years and to get them out as quick as we will.’ 

He instructed Sky News: ‘We don’t need anyone bilaterally recognising the Taliban, we would like a united place amongst all the like-minded, in so far as we will get one, in order that we do no matter we will to stop Afghanistan lapsing again into being a breeding floor for terror.’ 

Western nations, together with the UK, France, Germany and New Zealand stated they have been working to get residents in addition to some Afghan workers out. Russia stated it noticed no have to evacuate its embassy for the time being whereas Turkey stated its embassy would proceed operations. 

Britain’s Defence Secretary Ben Wallace stated the army facet of Kabul airport was safe and that Britain was doing all the pieces it may to evacuate British residents and Afghans with hyperlinks to Britain.

‘Our goal is… about 1200 to 1500 exit a day in the capability of our airplanes, and we’ll preserve that stream,’ he stated.

Britain has relocated its embassy to Kabul airport from the metropolis. Asked what he would really feel to see the Taliban flag flying over the former British embassy constructing in Kabul, Wallace stated:

‘Symbolically, it is not what any of us wished.’ 

MP Tobias Ellwood, former captain in the British Army and chairman of the defence choose committee, criticised the West for pulling out of Afghanistan.

Appearing on Sky News, he stated: ‘The world is now a bit of bit extra harmful as a result of they’ve now taken management of the country, and the West ought to actually hold its head in disgrace after abruptly abandoning Afghanistan to a civil warfare after twenty years of effort.’

He added: ‘This isn’t an excellent day for the West in any respect, and China shall be observing issues very, very carefully certainly. They are already making alliances with the Taliban and glossing over the human rights atrocities which are prone to unfold.’  

The European Union stated it’s working with member states to seek out fast options for the relocation of native Afghan workers and their households to a protected place, a spokesperson stated.

‘The matter is extraordinarily pressing, we take it very critically and proceed to work onerous, collectively with EU member states, on implementing fast options for them and guarantee their security,’ the spokesperson for the bloc’s government Commission instructed Reuters.

The Commission doesn’t give figures for his or her native Afghan workers for safety causes.

German parliamentary sources stated on Monday that chancellor Angela Merkel’s authorities is planning to deploy troopers to Afghanistan to assist with the evacuation of German nationals and Afghans at risk from the Taliban.

The authorities is planning to hunt a mandate from parliament to permit the deployment of as many as ‘a number of hundred troopers’, the sources instructed AFP, citing a briefing by Merkel to leaders of parliamentary teams late Sunday.

Several dozen French residents are to be repatriated by aircraft from Afghanistan, French Armed Forces minister Florence Parly instructed France Info radio.

Sweden stated it had accomplished the evacuation of all its Swedish embassy workers from Kabul on Monday, and is now working on plans to get native workers and people who have supported its actions out of the country.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern known as for the Taliban to uphold human rights and stated the world was watching: ‘It’s going to be all about the actions, not the phrases.’ 

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urged all events to train the utmost restraint, and expressed explicit concern about the future of girls and women.

In Washington, opponents of President Joe Biden’s choice to finish America’s longest warfare, launched after the Sept. 11, 2001, assaults, stated the chaos was brought on by a failure of management.

Biden has confronted rising home criticism after sticking to a plan, initiated by his Republican predecessor, Donald Trump, to finish the U.S. army mission by Aug. 31.

Senate Republican chief Mitch McConnell blamed Biden for what he known as a ‘shameful failure of American management’.

Naeem stated the Taliban would undertake a global coverage of two-way non-interference. ‘We don’t suppose that overseas forces will repeat their failed expertise.’ 

The US authorities has insisted in current days that its twenty years of warfare in Afghanistan was a hit, outlined by quashing the Al-Qaeda risk.

President Joe Biden additionally stated he was decided there was no selection however to withdraw American troops, as he wouldn’t ‘cross this warfare’ onto one other president.

But Washington was left shocked by the fast collapse of the Afghan authorities, and critics have stated the United States’ popularity as a world energy has been badly tarnished.

‘America’s credibility as an ally is diminished,’ stated Husain Haqqani, Pakistan’s former ambassador to the United States. 

A U.S. State Department spokesperson stated early on Monday that every one embassy personnel, together with Ambassador Ross Wilson, had been transferred to Kabul airport, largely by helicopter, to await evacuation and the American flag had been lowered and faraway from the embassy compound.

Hundreds of Afghans invaded the airport’s runways in the darkish, pulling baggage and jostling for a spot on one of the final business flights to depart earlier than U.S. forces took over air visitors management on Sunday.

‘This is our airport however we’re seeing diplomats being evacuated whereas we wait in full uncertainty,’ stated Rakhshanda Jilali, a human rights activist who was attempting to get to Pakistan, instructed Reuters in a message from the airport.

Crowds thronged into the airport as morning broke and U.S. forces fired into the air to cease individuals surging onto the tarmac to attempt to board a army flight, a U.S. official stated.

Dozens of males tried to clamber onto an overhead departure gangway to board a aircraft whereas lots of of others milled about, a video posted on social media confirmed.

There was the prospect of chaos in the skies over Afghanistan too. Its civil aviation authority suggested transit plane to reroute saying its airspace was uncontrolled.

The Pentagon on Sunday approved one other 1,000 troops to assist evacuate U.S. residents and Afghans who labored for them, increasing its safety presence on the floor to nearly 6,000 troops inside the subsequent 48 hours. 

Terror at Kabul airport: At least 5 killed amid chaotic scenes as US troops fireplace pictures into the air to quell crowd of hundreds attempting to flee Afghanistan with some determined Afghans climbing up airbridges to get on to planes out of capital

By Lauren Lews for MailOnline

Three stowaways are reported to have fallen to have fallen to their deaths from one airborne aircraft and an extra 5 individuals have been killed at Kabul airport as hundreds of Afghans strive desperately to get on flights out of the country amid more and more chaotic scenes. 

US troops fired pictures in the air at Hamad Karzai airport to stop lots of of civilians working onto the tarmac after they took over Afghanistan’s air visitors management. Witnesses stated it was not clear whether or not the victims have been killed by gunshots or in a stampede.  

Footage revealed by Aśvaka confirmed three stowaways falling to the deaths after clinging on to the wheels of a army aircraft because it took off from Kabul airport. 

Panicked Afghans have been additionally seen climbing up the outdoors of an airbridge in a bid to get onboard planes and chasing a US army C-17 down the runway. Video additionally confirmed lots of of individuals working alongside – and in entrance of – a US Air Force aircraft making ready to take off.

At least five people have been killed at Kabul airport as thousands of people desperately try to flee the country

Witnesses said it was not clear whether the victims were killed by gunshots or in a stampede

At least 5 individuals have been killed at Kabul airport as hundreds of individuals tried desperately to get on flights out of Afghanistan amid more and more chaotic scenes. Witnesses stated it was not clear whether or not the victims have been killed by gunshots or in a stampede

All business companies have been suspended, with solely army flights leaving the country as the UK, US and different western international locations repatriate their residents. 

It comes as the Ministry of Defence confirmed the first British nationals had landed at RAF base Brize Norton after being evacuated from Kabul.  

The Taliban swept into the capital on Sunday after the Western-backed authorities collapsed and President Ashraf Ghani fled the country, bringing a surprising finish to a two-decade marketing campaign during which the US and its allies had tried to rework the country. 

The US Embassy has been evacuated and the American flag lowered, with diplomats relocating to the airport in scenes reminiscent of the evacuation of the embassy of Saigon in 1975. Other Western international locations have additionally closed their missions and are flying out workers and civilians.  

Almost all main checkpoints in Kabul have been below Taliban management by Monday morning and Afghanistan’s Civil Aviation Authority issued an advisory saying the ‘civilian facet’ of the airport had been ‘closed till additional discover’ and that the army managed the airspace. 

Taliban officers stated everybody can be allowed to return dwelling from Kabul airport in the event that they resolve to remain in the country and promised civilians wouldn’t be harmed. The group beforehand stated westerners can be allowed to depart the country however that Afghans can be barred from departing. 

US troops are guarding the airport and have taken over air visitors management, however all non-military flights are grounded. Early Monday morning, flight-tracking knowledge confirmed no instant business flights over the country.

Video posted social media confirmed lots of of individuals scampering with their baggage towards the security of the airport terminal with the sound of gunfire breaking out.   

US troops fired shots into the air at Kabul airport today as desperate Afghans climbed up the outside of airbridges trying to flee as the Taliban took control of Afghanistan. Pictured: People climb the outside on an airbridge, August 16, 2021

US troops fired pictures into the air at Kabul airport right now as determined Afghans climbed up the outdoors of airbridges attempting to flee as the Taliban took management of Afghanistan. Pictured: People climb the outdoors on an airbridge, August 16, 2021

US troops are guarding the airport and have taken over air traffic control, but all non-military flights are grounded

Soldiers fired warning shots in the air to prevent hundreds of civilians running onto the tarmac

US troops are guarding the airport and have taken over air visitors management, however all non-military flights are grounded. Soldiers fired warning pictures in the air to stop lots of of civilians working onto the tarmac, a US official stated

The Taliban swept into the capital on Sunday after the Western-backed authorities collapsed and President Ashraf Ghani fled the country, bringing a surprising finish to a two-decade marketing campaign during which the US and its allies had tried to rework the country. 

The US Embassy has been evacuated and the American flag lowered, with diplomats relocating to the airport in scenes reminiscent of the evacuation of the embassy of Saigon in 1975. Other Western international locations have additionally closed their missions and are flying out workers and civilians.  

Almost all main checkpoints in Kabul have been below Taliban management by Monday morning and Afghanistan’s Civil Aviation Authority issued an advisory saying the ‘civilian facet’ of the airport had been ‘closed till additional discover’ and that the army managed the airspace. 

Taliban officers stated everybody can be allowed to return dwelling from Kabul airport in the event that they resolve to remain in the country and promised civilians wouldn’t be harmed. The group beforehand stated westerners can be allowed to depart the country however that Afghans can be barred from departing. 

US troops are guarding the airport and have taken over air visitors management, however all non-military flights are grounded. Early Monday morning, flight-tracking knowledge confirmed no instant business flights over the country.

Video posted social media confirmed lots of of individuals scampering with their baggage towards the security of the airport terminal with the sound of gunfire breaking out. 

American troopers fired warning pictures in the air to stop lots of of civilians working onto the tarmac, a US official stated.

The crowd was out of management,’ the official instructed Reuters by telephone. ‘The firing was solely executed to defuse the chaos.’