A series of videos posted on social media, Sunday (15), show desperate attempts to flee the Afghan capital, Kabul, after the Islamic fundamentalist Taliban movement seized power.
The images reveal a real rush to the city’s airport, which for the time being will be the only way out of the country, as the Taliban controls the border.
In the early afternoon, the group took control of Kabul’s main Pul Sharqi prison, freeing thousands of prisoners, as well as videos posted on social media.
Without the protection of the US government, which withdrew most of its soldiers from the country, President Ashraf Ghani left Afghanistan to avoid a “bloodbath,” according to a social media post.
At night, the main road to Kabul airport – packed with Afghans trying to escape and with thousands of American soldiers trying to secure their withdrawal from the city – Taliban fighters mingled with regular Afghan forces.
Several Western countries, including the United States, Germany and France, have closed their embassies and are trying to expedite the evacuation of officials and citizens.
The Taliban, which has become synonymous with fundamentalist radicalism, especially after September 11, 2001, with the attack on the United States, returned to power in Afghanistan after 20 years, on Sunday (15).
Troops entered Kabul for the first time since October 13, 2001, when they were forced to withdraw from the capital as US and British bombs opened the way for forces opposing the so-called Northern Alliance.
Watch some videos of the attempt to get out of Kabul circulating on social media.
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