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Sunday, 15 August 2021

Taliban fighters invade Afghanistan’s capital, demand ‘transfer of power’

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Taliban fighters have reportedly invaded Kabul, Afghan capital, to demand transfer of power.


The insurgent group on Sunday, besieged the outskirts of Kabul, firing shots sporadically while citizens and foreigners were seen escaping the city.

Workers were said to have fled government offices while civilians have withdrawn their life savings to escape the country.

Speaking on Al-Jazeera, Suhail Shaheen, Taliban spokesperson, said they are “awaiting a peaceful transfer of Kabul city”.

He refused to give specifications on any possible negotiations between his forces and the government.

Bismillah Khan, acting defence minister, assured the people that Kabul will remain secure.

The Talibans were reported to have tried calming residents of the capital, insisting their fighters would not enter people’s homes or interfere with businesses.

They also said they would offer “amnesty” to those who worked with the Afghan government or foreign forces.

“No one’s life, property and dignity will be harmed and the lives of the citizens of Kabul will not be at risk,” the insurgents said in a statement. But they also warned no one to enter the area around the capital,” Khan said.

In 2001, US-led forces removed the Talibans from power, but the group has returned, asking to take over the central government.

On August 6, they gained control over Zaranj, the regional capital, and have intensified their advances across the country in the past 10 days.


On Thursday, the insurgent group took over Lashkar Gah, the capital of the southern province of Helmand, after gaining control of Kandahar and Herat, the second and third largest cities in the country.