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In the morning of August 15, 2021, detachments of the Islamic Taliban Movement (a terrorist group banned in Russia) entered Kabul from multiple directions without striking a blow, and established control over the entire Afghan capital, including the presidential palace. In the watches of the night, artillery and small arm shots were heard in the far reaches to the city.
The only place where the Taliban do not dare to enter yet is the area of the international airport guarded generally by the American and British military. The airport keeps admitting non-traffic flights alone, with commercial ones prohibited. The arriving planes, mainly from Pakistan and countries of the Arabian Peninsula, get loaded with employees of diplomatic and other missions, along with Afghan citizens engaged in servicing foreign institutions.
In the air, combat and transport helicopters of the US Air Force are cruising along the airport perimeter.
The Taliban political leadership has delivered an address to the population of Kabul: "The Islamic Emirate will not take revenge on anyone. Those who served in the army and the Kabul Government administration are forgiven and safe. We want all the Afghans to view themselves as part of the Islamic system." Hardly anybody believes this. The capital city has got extinct: people are hiding in their house; most stores are closed. Armed militants drive around in armored fighting vehicles and those equipped with heavy-caliber machine guns. Reports have appeared of looting cases and crimes against civilians.
Acting Interior Minister of Afghanistan Abdul Sattar Mirzakwal announced a curfew in Kabul from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. aimed to thwart riots and ensure safety of city residents and their property. It is still unknown however who is going to maintain law.
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has left the country: a video has appeared featuring him getting aboard a Kam Air aircraft accompanied by security guards.
Having failed to arrange any kind of resistance to the Taliban, former Marshal Abdul Rashid Do‘stum has fled Mazar-i-Sharif for the Uzbek city of Termez. Jalalabad, the country's fifth largest city, fell, as the governor, seeking to avoid civilian casualties, ordered the military to lay down their arms.
Thus, the terrorist Islamic Taliban movement banned in Russia has established control over the state border with China, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Iran and Pakistan. According to its leaders, the Taliban controls some 90 percent of the country's territory.
Areas surrounding the embassies of the United States, Britain and Canada are cordoned off by those countries' special forces. American Marines are escorting convoys of cars with diplomatic missions' staff, intending to take everyone to the airport until August 16. US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken has trumpeted a possibility of moving the embassy to the Kabul airport... To what end?
It is hard to predict how thing will develop in Afghanistan. The most likely scenario is that ideological radicalism will come to replace the rotten and corrupt pro-American regime. The country is once again delving into the dark times of feudalism, and its leadership is unlikely to occupy a rightful place on the global stage.