Afghanistan Live Updates: The Taliban Tighten Their Grip On Kabul As Afghanistan's Government Disintegrates

Published August 15, 2021 at 8:52 AM EDT
Taliban closes in on Afghanistan's capital Kabul
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Afghan security forces patrol in the Afghan capital of Kabul city, Afghanistan, on August 15, 2021.

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The situation in Kabul is fluid and moving very fast. Here's the latest:

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The Taliban Appears To Be In Control Of Afghanistan. Here's How The Day Unfolded

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Afghan security forces patrol in the Afghan capital of Kabul city, Afghanistan, on Sunday.

It's been a day of fast-moving developments in Afghanistan, with Taliban forces quickly closing in on Kabul and edging closer to control.

Afghanistan's president has left the country, and residents and diplomats are scrambling to leave — though Kabul's airport is now closed to commercial flights. The U.S. embassy has lowered its flag, and the Taliban said in a statement it is working to restore law and order.

The rapid Taliban takeover is raising questions on the ground and around the world: What happens next, and what's at stake? How will women and girls fare? What does this mean for the Biden administration? How are other countries responding?

"The day's events were a dramatic coda to American's longest war," writes Scott Neuman. He explains how we got here, what's happening on the ground and where the situation may be headed.

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