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On Monday, after the Taliban ousted the U.S.-backed Ashraf Ghani government to establish control of Kabul, Afghans are preparing to live under strict Islamic rule.
Thousands of residents crowded the airport, and hordes of people tried to catch the plane and flee the Islamic fighters desperately. March into the capital on Sunday.
The governments of the United States and other Western countries urge the Taliban to “respect and promote the safe and orderly departure of foreigners who wish to leave.”
British Defense Minister Ben Wallace said that the Taliban control the country. “I made contact through a third country yesterday to ensure that we seek assurances from the Taliban to protect our people, which are actually the people we are trying to get rid of,” he told Sky News.
The United States has nearly 6,000 soldiers in Kabul, but military officials say their priority is to promote safety and speed evacuation American civilians, other foreign nationals, and some Afghan allies.
US State Department spokesperson Ned Price said that all embassy personnel have been evacuated from Kabul and gathered at the airport, where a de facto embassy has been established.
The Taliban ruled Afghanistan from 1996 to 2001, enforced strict Islamic interpretations, executed publicly, stoned women accused of adultery, and cut off the hands of the accused thief. After the terrorist attack on September 11, 2001, the organization was expelled by a US-led invasion.
The Taliban tried to publicly assure the Afghans that they had eased their practices for the next two decades. The senior Taliban leader Mullah Baradar urged his fighters to show “humility” after the organization took power almost without bloodshed.
“We achieved an unexpected victory,” he said in a video message from Qatar. negotiation With Afghan political leaders and foreign government officials. “We should show humility before Allah. Now, what is important is how we serve and protect our people and do our best to ensure their future and a better life.”
Baradar added that the Taliban are discussing with other Afghan leaders to form “an open and inclusive Islamic government.”
But many Afghans-especially educated women-are still extremely anxious. According to reports, the Taliban released thousands of prisoners from Kabul’s main prison, many of whom were Islamic fighters associated with militant groups.
“Fear is hidden in your chest like a black bird. It spreads its wings and you can’t breathe,” Muska Dastageer, professor of political science at the American University of Afghanistan, tweeted Monday morning Wrote on it.
Analysts say that many Afghan troops believe that the unpopular government downfall is inevitable and choose to surrender peacefully instead of dying for unpopular causes.
Ghani, a former World Bank official, withstood the pressure to resign and reached a power-sharing arrangement with the Taliban. As the attack on the capital seemed imminent, he fled the country to an undisclosed location.
On Sunday, Taliban militants took control of the empty presidential palace effortlessly and abandoned police posts in the capital.
President Joe Biden warned the Taliban over the weekend that any actions that threaten the Americans will receive a “swift and powerful military response.”
The US military deployed to the country is focused on protecting the airport, but officials still worry that the Taliban may launch an attack.
“[The Taliban] Treat these forces as intruders, so they may try to attack them,” former CIA acting director Mike Morrel told CBS News Channel.
But Morrel warned that the U.S. military could also face threats from disgruntled Afghan security personnel who felt that the sudden U.S. withdrawal had betrayed them.
“There are many Afghan security forces who are very angry at what the United States is doing here. They can take out their weapons and shoot Americans who are cooperating with them,” he said.
Many Afghans angrily accused the United States and other Western governments of handing them over to the Taliban. “My brain, my heart and soul are all dead today,” former Afghan official Salawahdi wrote on Twitter. “I will get up and continue working—I know. But we will never be the same, never.”