Afghanistan Live Updates: The Taliban Tighten Their Grip On Kabul As Afghanistan's Government Disintegrates
The situation in Kabul is fluid and moving very fast. Here's the latest:
- Reaction from around the world is pouring in: Afghans abroad are watching in horror, worried about family and friends still in Afghanistan.
- Many international diplomats had been sent to the airport. The embassy has advised U.S. citizens to shelter in place as militants enter Afghanistan's capital.
- Former Afghan President Hamid Karzai says a “coordinating council” is being formed to “prevent chaos and reduce the suffering of the people and to better manage the affairs related to peace.”
- Women in Afghanistan are especially vulnerable to Taliban control. Here's how.
— The Morning Edition live blog team
Emily Alfin Johnson, Rachel Treisman, Nicole Hernandez, Nell Clark, James Doubek, Dave Mistich, Scott Neuman, Julian Ring and Emily Abshire
The Taliban Appears To Be In Control Of Afghanistan. Here's How The Day Unfolded
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.