The Taliban entered the outskirts of Afghanistan capital Kabul today but said they have no plans to take the city by force.
The Taliban entered the outskirts of Kabul but said they have no plans to take the Afghan capital “by force”.
The Taliban released a statement saying they will not enter Kabul until a peaceful transition takes place as talks are underway with the ‘opposing side’.
Taliban fighters have been directed to stay on Kabul’s gates and not try to enter the capital city.
Three Afghan officials told The Associated Press that the fighters were in the districts of Kalakan, Qarabagh, and Paghman in the capital. The militants earlier took Jalalabad, near a major border crossing with Pakistan, the last major city other than Kabul not under their control.
In a nationwide offensive that has taken just over a week, the Taliban defeated, co-opted, or sent Afghan security forces fleeing from several parts of the country, despite limited air support by the US military.
Meanwhile, the rapid shuttle-run flights near the American embassy in Kabul began a few hours later with diplomatic armored SUVs seen leaving the area around the post.
President Ashraf Ghani, who addressed the nation on Saturday had reassured citizens that his government will prevent further violence and displacement of the people and ensure that stability is maintained. However, with the Taliban at the gates of the capital he has limited options.
The President had also spoken to warlords just a few days earlier but they either surrendered to the Taliban or fled.