Afghanistan’s former President Ashraf Ghani is in exile in Oman, Russian sources say 

Speculation in regards to the present location of the former President of Afghanistan is rife, with Russian sources claiming he is in exile in Oman whereas early studies prompt he had fled to Tajikistan after escaping Kabul and successfully ceding energy to the Taliban on Sunday. 

The Taliban terror group swept into the capital on Sunday after the US-backed authorities collapsed and Ashraf Ghani fled the nation ‘to keep away from bloodshed’, bringing the practically two-decade Western intervention begun after the September 11, 2001 assaults to a climactic finish.

The Russian Embassy in Kabul stated on Monday that Ghani had fled the nation with 4 automobiles and a helicopter full of money, and needed to depart some cash behind as it will not all match in.

However, the former Afghan President’s whereabouts stay unknown, with Russian sources insisting that he flew instantly from Kabul to the Sultanate of Oman, throughout the Persian Gulf from Afghanistan. 

Early studies prompt that he had initially gone to Dushanbe in Tajikistan, however this has been denied by native authorities – with a Tajik supply saying: ‘The airplane with Mr Mohammad Ashraf Ghani onboard didn’t enter airspace of Tajikistan and didn’t land in the territory of the nation.’ 

Reports from Al-Jazeera later claimed he had flown to Uzbekistan, citing his private bodyguard. 

One Afghan diplomat who has not been named stated:  ‘There is no precise details about the whereabouts of the escaped president. According to some sources, he flew from Kabul on to the Sultanate of Oman.’ However, Kazakhstan has denied he flew by way of its territory.    

In a Facebook submit, the former Afghan President stated he had left the nation to keep away from clashes with the Taliban that might endanger tens of millions of Kabul residents. However, Ghani’s critics and political rivals branded him a coward for leaving the nation in chaos, with Abdullah Abdullah, Chairman of the High Council for National Reconciliation, vowing that ‘God will maintain him to account’. 

It comes as Afghanistan slips again into Taliban management after the Islamist insurgency captured many of the nation nearly unopposed amid the Anglo-US withdrawal twenty years after NATO forces first invaded Afghanistan following the September 11, 2001 assaults. 

Much of the Western media and political class have known as the disaster the largest international coverage catastrophe since Suez, with Armin Laschet – the pinnacle of German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s social gathering – calling it the ‘greatest NATO debacle’ for the reason that founding of the alliance.

As rumours about Ghani’s location unfold:    

  • Taliban fighters have been seen patrolling the streets of Kabul as 1000’s of hopeful Afghans gathered on the runway at Hamid Karzai airport attempting desperately to flee from Afghanistan; 
  • The UK’s ambassador to Afghanistan put plans to depart the nation on maintain – and remained at Kabul airport to assist course of the functions of these searching for to depart;
  • Prime Minister Boris Johnson stated a whole bunch of nationals and eligible Afghans could be evacuated each day, with flights in another country persevering with so long as it is secure; 
  • Defence Minister Ben Wallace choked up as he vowed to fly a whole bunch of determined Afghans in another country inside the subsequent 36 hours – however insisted sending UK troops again in is not ‘on the playing cards’; 
  • The EU stated member states’ international ministers would maintain disaster talks by way of video hyperlink on Tuesday;  
  • Former President Hamid Karzai urged the Taliban to spare Kabul and instructed residents to remain in their properties and stated he could be staying in the nation; 
  • Russian officers stated they have been in contact with the Taliban in Afghanistan by way of its Embassy in Kabul; 
  • The US ambassador and embassy employees fled Afghanistan after Taliban forces stormed Kabul in scenes likened to the 1975 evacuation of its mission in Saigon; 
  • PM Boris Johnson stated stated the US resolution to withdraw from Afghanistan had ‘accelerated’ the disaster;
  • British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab was compelled to return to the UK from his vacation overseas; 
  • Tory MPs known as fallout from Anglo-US withdrawal ‘Britain’s worst international 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’.
The Taliban swept into Kabul on Sunday after the US-backed government collapsed and Ashraf Ghani fled the country 'to avoid bloodshed', bringing the two-decade Western intervention to a climactic end

The Taliban swept into Kabul on Sunday after the US-backed authorities collapsed and Ashraf Ghani fled the nation ‘to keep away from bloodshed’, bringing the two-decade Western intervention to a climactic finish

Speculation about the current location of the former President of Afghanistan is rife, with Russian sources claiming he is in exile in Oman while early reports suggested he had fled to Tajikistan after escaping Kabul and effectively ceding power to the Taliban on Sunday

Speculation in regards to the present location of the former President of Afghanistan is rife, with Russian sources claiming he is in exile in Oman whereas early studies prompt he had fled to Tajikistan after escaping Kabul and successfully ceding energy to the Taliban on Sunday

In a Facebook post on Sunday (pictured), Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani said he fled the country because wanted to avoid bloodshed

In a Facebook submit on Sunday (pictured), Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani stated he fled the nation as a result of needed to keep away from bloodshed

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 coming into the principle chamber as we speak. The grainy footage confirmed fighters carrying weapons sitting at a desk on the head of the chamber below the federal government’s seal, with some smiling and posing for pictures

At least seven lifeless in Kabul airport chaos: US makes use of helicopters to attempt to herd determined Afghans off runway – after two stowaways fell to their dying whereas clinging to evacuation flight forcing army to halt departures 

Evacuation flights out of Kabul have been halted after no less than seven individuals together with two armed Afghans attempting to storm a airplane at Hamid Karzai International Airport have been killed on Monday amid more and more chaotic scenes in Afghanistan because the nation slips into Taliban management. 

Three stowaways plummeted a whole bunch of toes to their deaths after climbing onto the fuselage of a departing US Air Force C-17 airplane because it took off from the airport, whereas a whole bunch of different determined individuals have been seen attempting to cling onto planes as they taxied down the runway. 

Senior US army officers stated troops shot and killed two armed Afghans who have been amongst these attempting to get onto a airplane whereas US residents have been evacuated in two separate incidents. An extra three individuals have been caught below airplane wheels because the flight taxied to the runway. 

A Pentagon official stated US troops had come below hearth on the airfield and grounded all flights whereas troopers cleared the airfield with Apache helicopters and fired ‘warning photographs’ to disperse the crowds. Flights resumed after 90 minutes however have been suspended once more after a safety breach on the civilian facet of the airport, a Pentagon spokesperson stated.

Thousands of terrified individuals descended on Hamid Karzai International Airport because the US, Britain and different Western nations evacuate their residents and diplomats on army plane following the Taliban’s seizure of capital metropolis Kabul and far of Afghanistan this week. 

In a press release posted on Facebook, Ghani wrote: ‘Dear countrymen! Today, I got here throughout a tough alternative; I ought to stand to face the armed Taliban who needed to enter the palace or depart the expensive nation that I devoted my life to defending and defending the previous twenty years.

‘If there have been nonetheless numerous countrymen martyred and they might face the destruction and destruction of Kabul metropolis, the outcome would have been an enormous human catastrophe in this six million metropolis. 

‘The Taliban have made it to take away me, they’re right here to assault all Kabul and the individuals of Kabul. In order to keep away from the bleeding flood, I assumed it was finest to get out.’     

Russia has stated it’ll retain a diplomatic presence in Kabul and hopes to develop ties with the Taliban even because it says it is no rush to recognise them because the nation’s rulers and can intently observe their behaviour. 

‘As for the collapse of the (outgoing) regime, it is most eloquently characterised by the best way Ghani fled Afghanistan,’ Nikita Ishchenko, a spokesman for the Russian embassy in Kabul, was quoted as saying by RIA.

‘Four automobiles have been full of cash, they tried to stuff one other a part of the cash right into a helicopter, however not all of it match. And a few of the cash was left mendacity on the tarmac,’ he was quoted as saying.

Ischenko, the Russian embassy spokesman, confirmed his feedback to Reuters. He cited ‘witnesses’ because the supply of his info. Reuters couldn’t independently verify the veracity of his account instantly.

President Vladimir Putin’s particular consultant on Afghanistan Zamir Kabulov stated earlier it was unclear how a lot cash the fleeing authorities would go away behind.

‘I hope the federal government that has fled didn’t take all the cash from the state price range. It would be the bedrock of the price range if one thing is left,’ Kabulov instructed Moscow’s Ekho Moskvy radio station.

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

Taliban officers stated that they had acquired no studies of any clashes anyplace in the nation: ‘The state of affairs is peaceable,’ one official stated. The Taliban managed 90 % of state buildings and fighters had been instructed to forestall any harm, the official added.

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

Video from Afghanistan’s parliament constructing confirmed Taliban fighters coming into the principle chamber as we speak. The grainy footage confirmed fighters carrying weapons sitting at a desk on the head of the chamber below the federal government’s seal, with some smiling and posing for pictures. 

On Sunday, Taliban fighters took management of Afghanistan’s presidential palace in Kabul, with members of the group posing at one other desk.

Victorious Taliban fighters patrolled Kabul on Monday after a stunningly swift finish to Afghanistan’s 20-year struggle, as 1000’s of individuals mobbed the town’s airport attempting to flee the group’s feared hardline model of Islamist rule.

It took the Taliban simply over per week to grab management of the nation after a lightning sweep that ended in 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.

Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani laughs during a function at the Afghan presidential palace in Kabul, August 4, 2021

Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani laughs throughout a operate on the Afghan presidential palace in Kabul, August 4, 2021

Pictured: Taliban fighters take control of Afghan presidential palace after the Afghan President Ashraf Ghani fled the country, in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, August 15, 2021

Pictured: Taliban fighters take management of Afghan presidential palace after the Afghan President Ashraf Ghani fled the nation, in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, August 15, 2021

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

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

US troops, who’re in cost of the airport, earlier fired in the air to scatter the group, a US official stated, however officers weren’t instantly accessible to touch upon the deaths.

Meanwhile, refugees have been massing on the borders as individuals desperately attempt to flee Afghanistan earlier than the Taliban’s brutal guidelines are carried out, with photos from the nation’s border with Pakistan exhibiting a whole bunch of individuals queuing in an try to depart.

‘Today is an excellent 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 struggle is over in the nation.’