Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has reportedly left the country for Tajikistan while the Taliban entered further inside Kabul to “prevent chaos” during the transition of power.
Several unnamed officials told the international press earlier that Ghani went to Tajikistan after the Taliban entered the Presidential palace for negotiations.
Afghan Chairman of the High Council for National Reconciliation Abdullah Abdullah confirmed Ghani’s departure but did not say where or with whom.
“The former Afghan president has left the nation,” said Abdullah.
After Ghani’s purported departure, Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid said that they will move into Kabul “to prevent chaos and looting” after the local police deserted or surrendered.
The Taliban also advised any remaining foreigners to register their identities with them and ordered women to move to safer areas.
The US embassy has continued with its emergency evacuations but was suddenly disrupted after reports of live fire at the Kabul airport.
A shelter in place notification was sent out warning US citizens to avoid the airport, but was later revised by the US embassy.
“The security situation in Kabul is changing quickly including at the airport. There are reports of the airport taking fire; therefore we are instructing U.S. citizens to shelter in place,” said the Alert.
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