August 17, 2021

Kabul Goes Into Chaos, Taliban Claims To Have Controlled Afghanistan

 This week, the whole world was rocked by a gruesome scene in which Afghans gathered at Kabul’s international airport to flee. What happened?

Afghans felt that it was their last chance to flee a country that is now completely controlled by the Taliban.

The scene erupted at the Hamid Karzai International Airport when a US military plane tried to escape and at that moment many people rushed and surrounded the plane and even stuck to the outside of the plane as it took off.

The unrest continued to escalate resulting in the deaths of Afghans. Video of the incident was also shared on RichardEngel's Twitter account.

The desperation is complete. Afghans don’t want to be left behind as US evacuates.

- Richard Engel (@RichardEngel) August 16, 2021

After nearly two decades of war, according to reports more than 6,000 American lives have been lost and more than 100,000 Afghans have been killed as well as more than $ 2 trillion has been spent by the US.

Regional experts give the view that the future of the country remains bleak and assume the Taliban will eventually take control of much of Afghanistan once again.

U.S. defense officials have reportedly issued expectations that the Afghan capital, Kabul, will be paralyzed in 90 days but it looks like it could happen in less than 10 days.

Meanwhile, Afghan president Ashraf Ghani has left the country after the Taliban managed to enter the president's residence and declared the war 'over'.

Ashraf said the rebel group had won after they entered Kabul after 20 years of being expelled by the combined forces of the United States (US) and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).

"The Taliban have won through 'swords and firearms' and now they are responsible for the honor, property and human rights of the Afghan people," he added.

Ashraf also reported that his action of resigning and leaving Afghanistan was to prevent further ‘bloodshed’.

According to analysts, one of the main causes of the Afghan conflict occurred due to the failure of US military intelligence in assessing the current situation and situation before the incident.

Among other reasons, it is because the Taliban is stronger in many ways such as corruption, money, cultural differences and the desire to fight.

The Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan was also the fastest, including its capital and the presidential residence.