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Afghan President Ashraf Ghani flees country as Taliban enters Kabul

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has fled Afghanistan as the Taliban advances on the nation’s capital ‘Kabul’.

The fleeing of the president along with fellow citizens and foreigners marks the end of a 20-year experiment that was aimed at remaking Afghanistan.

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The Taliban had been on the outskirts for hours while announcing that they would move further into the city, as helicopters evacuated people from the US Embassy throughout the day.

According to a senior Afghan interior ministry official, Ghani has fled to Tajikistan.

For security reasons, details of the president’s movements cannot be revealed as it’s understood that the Taliban were searching for Ghani’s whereabouts.

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An Afghanistan government delegation will be meeting representatives of the Taliban in Qatar after the militants entered Kabul with little resistance.

It’s understood that representatives will discuss a transition of power, with US officials also being present.

Taliban spokesman Suhail Shaheen stated that he expects a peaceful transition of power in the next few days while adding that the group would protect the rights of women, as well as freedoms for media workers and diplomats.

During an interview with the BBC, Shaheen stated, “We assure the people, particularly in the city of Kabul, that their properties, their lives are safe,” while adding, “Our leadership had instructed our forces to remain at the gates of Kabul, not to enter the city.”

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