Sunday, November 28

Panic seizes Kabul after confirmation that power will be transferred to the Taliban

Shots were heard at the gates of Kabul. The Taliban arrived this Sunday in the capital of Afghanistan. They say that they will not enter by force because they want to negotiate a transition of power.

“In several remote areas of Kabul shots have been heard. The country’s security forces, in coordination with international partners, are monitoring the security situation in Kabul,” the Afghan Presidential Palace office announced on Twitter.

The acting Interior Minister, Abdul Sattar Mirzakwal, assured in a televised message that there will be no attack in Kabul and the transition of power will take place in a peaceful manner, according to the local channel Tolo, and also guaranteed the population that will be protected by the security forces.

The situation is one of panic in the capital, with the Afghan authorities asking all officials to leave their jobs and go home, while shops and banks close, with traffic paralyzed by heavy traffic jams.

The Taliban, in a statement, have asked their fighters, after taking control of almost the entire country, “not to fight in Kabul” and to remain “at the gates” of the capital, without trying to enter the city.

“Since the capital Kabul is a large and densely populated city, the Mujahideen of the Islamic Emirate (as the Taliban call themselves) do not intend to enter the city by force or fight, but rather to enter Kabul peacefully,” the insurgents remarked.

To this end, they continued, “negotiations are under way to ensure that the transition process is completed safely, without compromising the life, property and honor of anyone, and without compromising the lives of the Kabulis.”

Meanwhile, they insisted that control of security in Kabul continues to rest “on the other side”, and reminded the population that they have “no intention of taking revenge on anyone”, including those who served in the Army, Police or in the the Administration: “They are forgiven and safe, no one will be retaliated against.”

“Everyone should stay in their own country, in their own home, and not try to leave the country,” they sentenced.

Insurgent fighters are camped just 50 kilometers from the Afghan capital and the United States and other countries are rushing to get their citizens out of Kabul by air ahead of a dreaded all-out assault.

The US government said earlier this month that it was already processing some 20,000 visa applications from Afghans who helped its soldiers and their families, at least 50,000 more.

Other countries such as Canada, Germany, the United Kingdom or Spain have also announced the upcoming evacuation of part of their embassy staff and other Afghan citizens with their families who worked side by side with them during these two decades.

Kabul had been isolated by the Taliban

The insurgents have taken this weekend two other cities Jalabad in the east of the country, and Mazar-e-Sharif, in the north. This is how the Taliban celebrated their new conquests. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has vowed not to give up the “gains” made in the 20 years since the United States toppled the Taliban in 2001.

In areas newly controlled by the Taliban, such as Herat, the Taliban deliver short- and long-term amnesty letters to Afghan government forces. Those coming from other provinces are given temporary three-day letters to return to their home provinces, where they will have to get another long-term amnesty letter.

Albania will temporarily host, at the request of the United States, hundreds of Afghans who have helped US troops during the long conflict in their country, and whose lives would be in danger if they fall into the hands of the Taliban after the withdrawal of military troops. foreign.

Pope Francis expressed his concern about the situation in Afghanistan, where the Taliban have conquered a large part of the country, and asked that weapons cease and a dialogue be opened so that the population can live in peace again.

“I join the unanimous concern for the situation in Afghanistan. I ask you to pray to the God of peace so that the noise of weapons ceases and solutions can be found at a dialogue table so that the martyred population can return to their homes. and to live in peace and security in full reciprocal respect, “said Pope Francis at the conclusion of the Angelus prayer in St. Peter’s Square.

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