Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani fled the country as Taliban forces entered the Afghan capital of Kabul on Sunday. Taliban representatives have been in talks with the government for hours over who will rule the nation. They seized power over dozens of key cities, often with little to no resistance. It was not immediately clear where Ghani was going but local media reported that he has left for Tajikistan. Afghanistan’s acting defense minister, General Bismillah Mohammadi, slammed the departing president in a brief tweet Sunday, writing: “They tied our hands behind our backs and sold the homeland, damn the rich man and his gang.” The US’ withdrawal from the country opened a clear path for the Taliban to take on and defeat the Afghan security forces.
Acting Afghan Interior Minister Abdul Sattar Mirzakwal said Sunday that Kabul would not be attacked and that the government will shift power peacefully to a transitional administration. Possibly the Taliban may demand a full transfer of power. The U.S evacuates its embassy in Kabul. US Special Representative for Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad had requested that Taliban fighters not enter Kabul until the US citizens are evacuated. Several other Western missions also prepared to pull their people out. A 20-year Western experiment aimed at remaking Afghanistan ended.