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World Photos show turmoil and panic as Taliban enter Afghanistan's capital Kabul

12:55  21 september  2021
12:55  21 september  2021 Source:   cnbc.com

The Latest: Brother of former Afghan VP shot dead by Taliban

  The Latest: Brother of former Afghan VP shot dead by Taliban KABUL, Afghanistan — The Taliban shot dead the brother of Amrullah Saleh, the former vice president of Afghanistan, and his driver in northern Panjshir province, Saleh’s nephew said Saturday. Shuresh Saleh said his uncle Rohullah Azizi was going somewhere in a car Thursday when Taliban fighters stopped him at a checkpoint. “As we hear at the moment Taliban shot him and his driver at the checkpoint.” he said. A message left with a TalibanShuresh Saleh said his uncle Rohullah Azizi was going somewhere in a car Thursday when Taliban fighters stopped him at a checkpoint. “As we hear at the moment Taliban shot him and his driver at the checkpoint.” he said.

  • Afghan President Ashraf Ghani left the country on Sunday evening, as the Taliban entered the presidential palace and declared the war "over."
  • The rapidly evolving situation has forced hundreds of thousands of people to flee their homes, with chaotic scenes at Hamid Karzai International Airport on Monday.
  • International aid groups have warned of a humanitarian crisis.
a group of people standing around a plane: Afghan people climb atop a plane as they wait at the Kabul airport in Kabul on August 16, 2021, 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. © Provided by CNBC Afghan people climb atop a plane as they wait at the Kabul airport in Kabul on August 16, 2021, 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.

Taliban forces entered Afghanistan's capital city of Kabul on Sunday, effectively taking control of the country following the capture of one provincial city after another over recent weeks.

These 16 Republicans voted against speeding up visas for Afghans fleeing the Taliban

  These 16 Republicans voted against speeding up visas for Afghans fleeing the Taliban Some Republicans now criticizing Biden voted to block legislation that would have expedited visas to help Afghanistan civilians fleeing the Taliban.The House overwhelmingly passed a bill to make it easier for Afghans who assisted the American military to relocate to the U.S. The Averting Loss of Life and Injury by Expediting SIVs Act (ALLIES) Act was approved by a 407-16 vote on July 22. The 16 "no" votes were all from Republicans.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani fled the country on Sunday evening, and the Taliban entered the presidential palace and declared the war "over." Ghani said he left to avoid bloodshed.

It marks a stunning end to the two-decade Western campaign in which U.S. and coalition forces sought to transform the country following the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

The rapidly evolving situation has forced hundreds of thousands of people to flee their homes. There were chaotic scenes Monday at Hamid Karzai International Airport as Afghans and foreign nationals fearing a return to Taliban rule desperately sought to escape the country.

The United Nations has cited continued reports of serious human rights abuses and violations in the communities most affected by the fighting. International aid groups have warned of a humanitarian crisis.

Once inmates, Taliban now in charge in a Kabul prison

  Once inmates, Taliban now in charge in a Kabul prison KABUL (AP) — Once, Kabul’s main prison was crowded with thousands of Taliban captured and arrested by the government. On Monday, a Taliban commander strolled through its empty halls and cell blocks, showing his friends where he had once been imprisoned. It was a sign of the sudden and startling new order in Afghanistan after the militant group swept into the capital nearly a month ago and threw out the crumbling, U.S.-backed government it had fought for 20 years. The Taliban now run Pul-e-Charkhi Prison, a sprawling complex on Kabul’s eastern outskirts.

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres expressed particular concern Sunday about the future of women and girls in the country, saying hard-won rights "must be protected" and "all abuses must stop."

Thousands of Afghans rush to the Hamid Karzai International Airport as they try to flee the Afghan capital of Kabul

a group of people posing for the camera: 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. © Provided by CNBC 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.

Taliban patrol the streets of Kabul

a green truck parked in a parking lot: Taliban fighters patrol the streets of Kabul on August 16, 2021, 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. © Provided by CNBC Taliban fighters patrol the streets of Kabul on August 16, 2021, 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.

Afghans crowd the tarmac of Kabul airport on Monday to flee the country

a group of people standing in front of a crowd: 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. © Provided by CNBC 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.

An Afghan family rushes to the Hamid Karzai International Airport as they flee the Afghan capital

a group of people posing for the camera: An Afghan family rushes to the Hamid Karzai International Airport as they flee the Afghan capital of Kabul, Afghanistan, on August 16, 2021. © Provided by CNBC An Afghan family rushes to the Hamid Karzai International Airport as they flee the Afghan capital of Kabul, Afghanistan, on August 16, 2021.

A US soldier (C) point his gun towards an Afghan passenger at the Kabul airport

a group of people wearing military uniforms: A US soldier (C) point his gun towards an Afghan passenger at the Kabul airport in Kabul on August 16, 2021, 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. © Provided by CNBC A US soldier (C) point his gun towards an Afghan passenger at the Kabul airport in Kabul on August 16, 2021, 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.

Taliban fighters take control of Afghan presidential palace in Kabul

Dante López et al. around each other: Taliban fighters take control of Afghan presidential palace after the Afghan President Ashraf Ghani fled the country, in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, Aug. 15, 2021. © Provided by CNBC Taliban fighters take control of Afghan presidential palace after the Afghan President Ashraf Ghani fled the country, in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, Aug. 15, 2021.

A Taliban fighter (R) searches the bags of people coming out of the Kabul airport

a group of people that are talking to each other: A Taliban fighter (R) searches the bags of people coming out of the Kabul airport in Kabul on August 16, 2021, 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. © Provided by CNBC A Taliban fighter (R) searches the bags of people coming out of the Kabul airport in Kabul on August 16, 2021, 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.

A man pulls a girl to get inside Hamid Karzai International Airport

a group of people watching a band on stage in front of a crowd: A man pulls a girl to get inside Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan August 16, 2021. © Provided by CNBC A man pulls a girl to get inside Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan August 16, 2021.

Long lines seen outside a bank in Kabul

a group of people standing in front of a building: Afghan people line up outside AZIZI Bank to take out cash as the Bank suffers amid money crises in Kabul, Afghanistan, on August 15, 2021. © Provided by CNBC Afghan people line up outside AZIZI Bank to take out cash as the Bank suffers amid money crises in Kabul, Afghanistan, on August 15, 2021.

A U.S. military helicopter is pictured flying above the U.S. embassy in Kabul

a large building with a mountain in the background: A U.S. military helicopter is pictured flying above the U.S. embassy in Kabul on August 15, 2021. © Provided by CNBC A U.S. military helicopter is pictured flying above the U.S. embassy in Kabul on August 15, 2021.

Taliban fighters stand guard in a vehicle along the roadside in Kabul

a man wearing a uniform and holding a gun: Taliban fighters stand guard in a vehicle along the roadside in Kabul on August 16, 2021, 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. © Provided by CNBC Taliban fighters stand guard in a vehicle along the roadside in Kabul on August 16, 2021, 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.

Stranded Afghan nationals arrive to return back to Afghanistan at the Pakistan-Afghanistan border crossing point in Chaman

a group of people sitting next to a fence: Stranded Afghan nationals arrive to return back to Afghanistan at the Pakistan-Afghanistan border crossing point in Chaman on August 16, 2021 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. © Provided by CNBC Stranded Afghan nationals arrive to return back to Afghanistan at the Pakistan-Afghanistan border crossing point in Chaman on August 16, 2021 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.

Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani addresses the nation in a message in Kabul on Aug. 14th. Ghani then fled the country

Ashraf Ghani wearing a suit and tie: Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani attends a security meeting in Kabul, Afghanistan August 14, 2021. © Provided by CNBC Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani attends a security meeting in Kabul, Afghanistan August 14, 2021.

President Joe Biden is seen during a meeting with Vice President Kamala Harris, their security team and senior officials to obtain updates on the ongoing security situation in Kabul

a group of people sitting at a table using a laptop computer: U.S. President Joe Biden is seen during a meeting with Vice President Kamala Harris, their security team and senior officials to obtain updates on the draw down of civilian personnel in Afghanistan, evacuations of SIV applicants and other Afghan allies, and the ongoing security situation in Kabul, in this handout photo obtained from The White House Twitter account on August 16, 2021. © Provided by CNBC U.S. President Joe Biden is seen during a meeting with Vice President Kamala Harris, their security team and senior officials to obtain updates on the draw down of civilian personnel in Afghanistan, evacuations of SIV applicants and other Afghan allies, and the ongoing security situation in Kabul, in this handout photo obtained from The White House Twitter account on August 16, 2021.

Permanent Representative of Afghanistan to the United Nations, Ghulam M. Isaczai waits to speak during a UN security council meeting on Afghanistan

a person sitting in a chair: Permanent Representative of Afghanistan to the United Nations, Ghulam M. Isaczai waits to speak during a UN security council meeting on Afghanistan on August 16, 2021 at the United Nations in New York. © Provided by CNBC Permanent Representative of Afghanistan to the United Nations, Ghulam M. Isaczai waits to speak during a UN security council meeting on Afghanistan on August 16, 2021 at the United Nations in New York.

US soldiers take up their positions as they secure the airport in Kabul

US soldiers take up their positions as they secure the airport in Kabul on August 16, 2021, 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. © Provided by CNBC US soldiers take up their positions as they secure the airport in Kabul on August 16, 2021, 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.

Displaced Afghans at a makeshift IDP camp in Share-e-Naw park in Kabul

a group of people sitting around a bag of luggage: Charyar,70, from the Balkh province sits alongside his family at a makeshift IDP camp in Share-e-Naw park to various mosques and schools on August 12, 2021 in Kabul, Afghanistan. © Provided by CNBC Charyar,70, from the Balkh province sits alongside his family at a makeshift IDP camp in Share-e-Naw park to various mosques and schools on August 12, 2021 in Kabul, Afghanistan.

A mother sits with her children in a tent at a makeshift IDP camp in Share-e-Naw park

a little boy sitting on a bed: Farzia, 28, who lost her husband in Baghlan one week ago to fighting by the Taliban sits with her children, Subhan, 5, and Ismael ,2, in a tent at a makeshift IDP camp in Share-e-Naw park to various mosques and schools on August 12, 2021 in Kabul, Afghanistan. © Provided by CNBC Farzia, 28, who lost her husband in Baghlan one week ago to fighting by the Taliban sits with her children, Subhan, 5, and Ismael ,2, in a tent at a makeshift IDP camp in Share-e-Naw park to various mosques and schools on August 12, 2021 in Kabul, Afghanistan.

A worker at a beauty salon paints over a large photo of a woman on the wall in Kabul

a couple of people that are standing in front of a building: A worker at a beauty salon paints over a large photo of a woman on the wall in Kabul on Aug. 15, 2021, following news that the Taliban swept into the Afghan capital. © Provided by CNBC A worker at a beauty salon paints over a large photo of a woman on the wall in Kabul on Aug. 15, 2021, following news that the Taliban swept into the Afghan capital.

Afghans wait in long lines for hours at the passport office, desperate to get their travel documents

a group of people standing in front of a crowd posing for the camera: Afghans wait in long lines for hours at the passport office as many are desperate to have their travel documents ready to go on August 14, 2021 in Kabul, Afghanistan. © Provided by CNBC Afghans wait in long lines for hours at the passport office as many are desperate to have their travel documents ready to go on August 14, 2021 in Kabul, Afghanistan.

Displaced Afghan women and children from Kunduz pray at a mosque that is sheltering them

Displaced Afghan women and children from Kunduz pray at a mosque that is sheltering them on August 13, 2021 in Kabul, Afghanistan. © Provided by CNBC Displaced Afghan women and children from Kunduz pray at a mosque that is sheltering them on August 13, 2021 in Kabul, Afghanistan.

Germany's Bundeswehr prepares to evacuate German citizens and local Afghan forces from Kabul

a fighter jet sitting on top of a runway: Airbus A400M transport aircraft of the German Air Force stand at the Wunstorf air base in the Hanover region. In view of the rapid advance of the Taliban in Afghanistan, the Bundeswehr plans to begin evacuating German citizens and local Afghan forces from Kabul on Monday Aug. 16th. © Provided by CNBC Airbus A400M transport aircraft of the German Air Force stand at the Wunstorf air base in the Hanover region. In view of the rapid advance of the Taliban in Afghanistan, the Bundeswehr plans to begin evacuating German citizens and local Afghan forces from Kabul on Monday Aug. 16th.

Demonstrators shout "Peace in Afghanistan" and hold up signs as they gather in front of the White House in Washington

a group of people standing in front of a sign: Demonstrators shout © Provided by CNBC Demonstrators shout

Jan Runyon visits her husband George William Runyon's grave site at Arlington National Cemetery on the day Taliban insurgents entered Afghanistan's capital Kabul

Jan Runyon visits her husband George William Runyon's grave site in Section 60 at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia, U.S., August 15, 2021 on the day Taliban insurgents entered Afghanistan's capital Kabul. © Provided by CNBC Jan Runyon visits her husband George William Runyon's grave site in Section 60 at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia, U.S., August 15, 2021 on the day Taliban insurgents entered Afghanistan's capital Kabul.

Video: Chaotic scenes at Kabul airport as thousands flee Taliban (CNBC)

The bursting 'Ka-bubble': Taliban extremism is remaking a once-cosmopolitan Kabul .
Restless Kabul residents ponder what remains and what changes in the Afghan capital after more than a month of Taliban rule.Some would say it was less a place than a feeling, the sense that this metropolis — supercharged by billions in Western assistance — was somehow insulated from the daily battles grinding outside the city gates. That wasn't entirely true. Bombings, assassinations and attacks echoed through the capital over the years. But unlike the provinces and hinterlands, this messy city of markets, mosques and green Ford Ranger pickup trucks felt like a relatively safe space in a battered nation.

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