TALIBAN: Afghanistan war is over – Nexus News

Taliban fighters take control of Afghan presidential palace after the Afghan President Ashraf Ghani fled the country, in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, Aug. 15, 2021. (AP Photo/Zabi Karimi)

The Taliban has publicly announced that the war in Afghanistan is over following its fighters’ entrance into the capital, Kabul, and President Ashraf Ghani fled the country.

On Monday Panic and fear gripped Kabul as heavily armed Taliban fighters took control of the deserted presidential palace and Western nations rushed to evacuate their citizens. Hundreds of Afghans in despair to leave the country also crowded the Kabul airport.

A spokesman for the Taliban’s political office told Al Jazeera the group did not want to live in isolation and stated that the type and form of the new government in Afghanistan would be explained soon.

Mohammad Naeem also called for peaceful international relations.

“Thanks to God, the war is over in the country,” he said.

“We have reached what we were seeking, which is the freedom of our country and the independence of our people,” he added. “We will not allow anyone to use our lands to target anyone, and we do not want to harm others.”

Emirates on its website announced that it has suspended flights to the Afghan capital until further notice.

“Customers holding tickets with final destination to Kabul will not be accepted for travel at their point of origin,” it said.

UK PM Boris Johnson Says Taliban Should Not Be Recognised as Afghan Govt

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Sunday that no one should bilaterally see the Taliban as the government of Afghanistan,noting that it was clear that there would be a new administration in the country shortly.

Boris Johnson

“We don’t want anybody bilaterally recognising the Taliban,” Johnson made this known in an interview clip, urging the West to work together on Afghanistan through mechanisms such as the United Nations and NATO.

“We want a united position amongst all the like-minded as far as we can get one so that we do whatever we can to prevent Afghanistan lapsing back into being a breeding ground for terror.”

Taliban insurgents entered Kabul on Sunday, President Ashraf Ghani fled the country and the US Embassy revealed that the capital’s airport, where diplomats, officials and other Afghans had fled, had come under attack.

“The (UK) ambassador is working round the clock and has been there at the airport to help process the applications,” Johnson said.

When asked if he would have expected the country to fall to the Taliban so quickly, he said: “I think it’s fair to say that the US decision to pull out has accelerated things.”

Earlier on Sunday, Russia said that it does not yet recognise the Taliban insurgents as Afghanistan’s new legal authority, RIA state news agency reported.

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