World Video shows Taliban celebrating inside Afghanistan presidential palace
Russia Gloats That its Government Lasted Longer in Afghanistan Than U.S. 'Regime'
"The regime created by the Americans tumbled down even before they left. That's a principal difference," said Zamir Kabulov, the Kremlin envoy for Afghanistan.Zamir Kabulov, the Kremlin envoy for Afghanistan, said that he and other Russians didn't anticipate such a quick collapse.
New video out of Afghanistan on Sunday showed Taliban fighters celebrating inside the country’s presidential palace in Kabul.
In the video, provided by Al Jazeera, armed men are seen walking the halls and sitting in the chair of President Ashraf Ghani, who fled the country just hours earlier.
The extraordinary images of Taliban fighters inside the palace at the nation's capital showed them lounging in chairs, strolling around with their guns and taking pictures of each other. The fighters were seen giving a tour to an Al Jazeera journalist, and at one point a fighter rolled up an Afghan flag in the palace and put it on a mantle.
Opinion: A kinder, gentler Taliban?
The Taliban is promising peace and an amnesty, but it's instructive to look at what they did when they took control in Kabul in 1996, writes Peter Bergen. The Taliban imposed their ultra-purist vision of Islam on much of the country. Women had to wear the burqa and stay at home unless accompanied by a male relative. Music, television and even kite flying were banned. There was no independent Afghan media; only Radio Shariat that blared Taliban propaganda.In an unsettling echo of how the Nazis treated the Jews, the Taliban forced the country's miniscule Hindu population to wear distinctive clothing.
Ghani left the country earlier on Sunday asin Afghanistan. His departure came after a quick across the country toppled city after city, spurred by an end to the U.S. military presence after two decades.
On Sunday, Afghan forces at Bagram air base — which once saw more than 100,000pass through its gates — surrendered to the Taliban, two U.S. defense officials told NBC News.
U.S. forces are evacuating all staff from the city's American embassy via Kabul's airport after Biden.
The Taliban advance and ensuing collapse of the Afghan government has sent civilians fleeing their home both from the fighting and thethat ruled the country before 2001. In Kabul, hundreds gathered in front of private banks trying to withdraw their life savings.
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.