Taliban Takeover: Afghanistan, the mountainous landlocked country at the crossroads of Central and South Asia, has witnessed a disastrous Taliban takeover.
- Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, on 15th August 2021 after fleeing the country stated that the Taliban had won.
- The militants entered Kabul, sealing a nationwide military victory in just 10 days which is nearly 20 years after they were ousted from power by a US-led invasion.
- He will shortly tender his resignation, as the government has surrendered to the Taliban forces, which entered Kabul and sought the unconditional surrender of the central government.
- A new interim government has been announced, which is likely to be headed by Ali Ahamd Jalali, a US-based academic.
- Nations such as the US, UK, Germany and Canada are using their troops to evacuate their nationals from Afghanistan.
- American diplomats were flown by helicopter to the airport from their embassy in the fortified Wazir Akbar Khan district.
- The insurgents’ imminent takeover triggered fear and panic in Kabul among residents fearful of the group’s hardline brand of Islam, which it imposed during its 1996-2001 rule.
- According to the latest updates, all the provincial capitals such as Zaranj, Sheberghan, Sar-e-Pul, Kunduz, Taloqan, Aybak, Pul-e-Khumri, Faizabad, Ghazni, Firus Koh, Qala-e-Naw, Kandahar, Lashkar Gah, Herat, Pul-e-Alam, Mazar-i-Sharif, Jalalabad, and Maidan Wardak are now under Taliban control.
Taliban leader Abdul Ghani Baradar is likely to be the new President of Afghanistan.
He is the co-founder of the Taliban in Afghanistan.
Who are the Taliban?
The Taliban is a Deobandi Islamist movement.
It is led by young Islamic scholars who are dedicated to the religious purification of the country and the creation of an emirate.
Mawlawi Hibatullah Akhundzada is reportedly the leader of the Taliban since 2016.
- Afghanistan, officially the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, is a landlocked country in Asia.
- It is bordered by Pakistan to the east and south; Iran to the west; Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and Tajikistan to the north; and China to the northeast.
- Its capital is Kabul.
- The currency used here is Afghan afghani.