Taliban Afghanistan Crisis Latest Update August 19, Kabul Latest News: Chaos reigns supreme in Kabul and across Afghanistan with no clarity on what will happen next. The Hamid Karzai International Airport, the only way one can leave Afghanistan, has become a new flashpoint. Since the stunning Sunday takeover, 12 people have died at the Kabul Airport. On Monday, as many as seven people were killed in the US firing. Yesterday, five people lost their lives and several were injured during a stampede near one of the gates of the Kabul Airport. Latest reports from Kabul suggest that Taliban fighters have been deployed at all checkpoints leading up to the airport. The Taliban gunmen are allowing only foreigners to pass their cordon.
This comes at a time when several regions in Afghanistan are reporting about civilians taking the street to oppose the takeover. After Khost and Jalalabad, Nangarhar also saw similar scenes of dissent with locals opposing the Taliban flags.
Meanwhile, Ahmad Shah Massoud’s son has written in The Washington Post saying that the ‘resistance’ has begun. Son of the legendary military commander and the Afghan leader behind the Northern Alliance says that the Taliban won’t be allowed to rule Afghanistan. Ahmad Massoud says that his Mujahids are ready and they will fight against the Taliban just like his father. Meanwhile, US President Joe Biden has said that the US troops may have to stay in Afghanistan beyond the August 31st drawdown deadline.
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