There was pandemonium on Sunday as Taliban forced their way into the Afghanistan Presidential Palace putting Afghans, foreign Ambassadors rushing out of the country while the President, Ashiraf Gani was on the run out of the country.
Fox News reported a Taliban official saying the group will soon declare the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan from the presidential palace.
The Taliban, who for hours had been on the outskirts of Kabul, announced soon after they would move further into a city gripped by panic where helicopters raced overhead throughout the day to evacuate personnel from the U.S. Embassy.
“The security situation in Kabul is changing quickly including at the airport. There are reports of the airport taking fire; therefore we are instructing U.S. citizens to shelter in place,” a U.S. Embassy security alert said.
Hundreds of Afghans, some of them government ministers and government employees and also other civilians including many women and children, crowded in the terminal desperately waiting for flights out.
“The airport is out of control… the (Afghan) government just sold us out,” said an official at the scene who declined to be named for security reasons.
American diplomats were evacuated from their embassy by helicopter to the airport as local Afghan forces, trained for years and equipped by the United States and others for billions of dollars, melted away.
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