After a rapid approach march, the Taliban entered Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan, “peacefully”, reports CNN. They have taken control of the Presidential Palace and warn: “There will be no transitional government.” In the city, “gunshots are heard here and there, but there are no reports of street fighting or Afghan security forces massed in specific areas to prevent their entry. As far as we know, and it is dark here, so we are not able to go around and witness these events, they are moving through the city “without encountering resistance, said the CNN correspondent. According to reports from the local agency Tolonews, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has left the country.
A few hours ago a spokesman for the fundamentalists had confirmed that their fighters had entered the city en masse in response to a “problem of law and order”. “The decision was made to avoid the risk of theft and robbery in the absence of police and other security personnel,” said Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid. Shooting was reported in several parts of Kabul and a city hospital reported on Twitter that “more than 40 people” were injured in clashes on the outskirts of the Afghan capital and were hospitalized, the Guardian reported.
Moscow proposes that Afghanistan be placed under the control of the UN Security Council, while the Afghan government talks about a negotiation for a “peaceful transfer of power to a transitional government”: Taliban negotiators are in the presidential palace to discuss with the Ghani chairman of the transfer of powers. There is talk of a transitional government led by former Interior Minister Ali Ahmad Jalali. The Pope asks that “the clamor of weapons cease” and return “to the table of dialogue”. Meanwhile, people flee Kabul by car as well, causing long queues on exiting the city. According to what is learned, the staff of the embassy and the Italian compatriots who responded to the appeal of the Farnesina for the return to Italy arrived at the Kabul airport. Departure is scheduled for 21.30 local time.
The prospect, according to various sources reported by the international media, is that of the resignation of President Ghani, and the passage of power to an interim government, led by fundamentalists. According to reports from the BBC, the Taliban are currently also claiming control of the Bagram air base and prison, on the outskirts of Kabul. The complex was the epicenter of the war against the Taliban and al.Qaeda for about 20 years until last month, when the US military left in the middle of the night without warning the Afghans. US.led coalition forces moved to the area in December 2001, and Bagram was later transformed into a huge base capable of holding up to 10,000 troops.
Taliban: “We don’t want to use force”
The Taliban are therefore on the outskirts of the capital, but have ordered their fighters to refrain from perpetrating violence and to allow safe passage for anyone who chooses to leave. The Islamic group has no intention of using weapons, but would aim for an orderly transition, the goal of a group of Taliban negotiators reported by a CNN source inside the Afghan presidential palace. Among them is Anas Haqqani, brother of the Taliban deputy leader Sirajuddin Haqqani. In view of the negotiations, the Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, writes the BBC, instead held emergency consultations with the US envoy Zalmay Khalilzad and other NATO representatives.