Pictures present panic as Taliban enter Afghanistan’s capital metropolis

Afghans (L) crowd at the airport as US soldiers stand guard in Kabul on August 16, 2021.

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Taliban troops invaded the Afghan capital Kabul on Sunday and have practically taken control of the country in recent weeks, having captured one provincial town after another.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani left the country on Sunday evening when the Taliban entered the presidential palace and declared the war “over”. Ghani said he fled the country to avoid bloodshed.

It marks a breathtaking end to the West’s two-decade campaign in which the US and coalition forces sought to change the country.

The rapidly evolving situation has forced hundreds of thousands of people to flee. On Monday there were chaotic scenes at Hamid Karzai International Airport as Afghans and foreigners fearing a return to Taliban rule tried desperately to flee the country.

The United Nations has repeatedly cited reports of serious human rights abuses and abuses in the communities hardest hit by the fighting. International aid organizations are warning of an impending humanitarian crisis.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Sunday expressed particular concern about the future of women and girls in the country, saying hard-won rights “must be protected” and “all abuse must stop”.

Taliban members patrol the streets of Kabul

Taliban members patrol the streets of the Afghan capital, Kabul, on August 16, 2021 as the Taliban take control of Afghanistan after President Ashraf Ghani fled the country. Taliban members took action around the presidential palace and blocked access to the prime minister’s palace.

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A US military helicopter flies over the US embassy in Kabul

A US military helicopter flies over the US embassy in Kabul on August 15, 2021.

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A girl is seen as thousands of families flee a Taliban offensive

A girl is seen as thousands of families flee the Taliban’s offensive and come to Kabul, Afghanistan on August 10, 2021. Afghans who came to the capital Kabul from the north and northeast of the country are struggling to survive in harsh conditions on the roadsides and in the parks.

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Afghan security forces patrol the Afghan capital

Afghan security forces patrol the Afghan capital Kabul, Afghanistan, on August 6th, 2021.

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Displaced Afghan women and children from Kunduz pray in a mosque that offers them protection

Displaced Afghan women and children from Kunduz pray in a mosque that houses them in Kabul, Afghanistan on August 13, 2021.

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In view of the rapid advance of the Taliban in Afghanistan, the Bundeswehr is planning to evacuate German citizens and local Afghan troops from Kabul. to start

In view of the rapid advance of the Taliban in Afghanistan, the Bundeswehr plans to begin evacuating German citizens and local Afghan troops from Kabul on Monday, August 16, 2021.

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Afghans crowded the tarmac at Kabul airport on Monday to flee the country

Afghans crowd the tarmac at Kabul airport on August 16, 2021 to flee the country as the Taliban took control of Afghanistan after President Ashraf Ghani fled the country and admitted that the insurgents were 20 years old Won the war.

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Afghans wait for hours in long lines in front of the passport office to get their travel documents

Afghans wait for hours in long lines in front of the passport office as many desperately want to have their travel documents ready on August 14, 2021 in Kabul, Afghanistan.

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The entrance gate of the Canadian embassy is in Kabul after the evacuation. pictured

The entrance gate of the Canadian embassy is pictured after the evacuation in Kabul on August 15, 2021.

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