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WATCH: Afghan President flees the country as Taliban storms Kabul


AFGHANI President Ashraf Ghani has fled the country after the Taliban entered the city on Sunday, and his close aides have also left the country along with him, the BBC reports.

Earlier in the day, acting defense minister Bismillah Mohammadi said that the president has handed the authority of solving the crisis in the country to political leaders.

Mohammadi said that a delegation will travel to Doha on Monday for talks on the country’s situation.

The delegation includes key political leaders, including Younus Qanooni, Ahmad Wali Massoud, Mohammad Mohaqiq among others.

Sources close to the Taliban said that it has been agreed that Ghani will resign after a political agreement and hand the power to a transitional government.

Afghans have said that they seek a political settlement and an end to the ongoing violence in the country.

Taliban fighters have reached Afghanistan’s capital city Kabul, in the culmination of a lightning offensive that has seen the insurgents take control of large swathes of the country.

Taliban spokesperson Suhail Shaheen told the BBC that fighters had been instructed to wait at the gates of Kabul while the insurgents negotiated an agreement with the government.

Acting Afghan Interior Minister Abdul Sattar Mirzakwal said on Sunday that Afghanistan will have a”peaceful transfer of power” to a “transitional government” led by the Taliban.

Videos posted online purportedly show a Taliban fighter weeping in joy and insurgents celebrating as they reach the outskirts of the capital. ■

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