Taliban leader says group’s fighters were ordered to allow safe passage to anyone looking to leave Kabul
The Taliban have begun entering Kabul, Afghanistan’s interior ministry and the armed group said, with Taliban Source confirming to the same.
The development on Sunday came just hours after the group seized control of the key eastern city of Jalalabad, securing critical roads connecting the country to Pakistan.
A Taliban leader in Doha, which has been the site of years-long peace negotiations between the Afghan government and the group, said fighters on Sunday were ordered to refrain from violence and offer safe passage to those wishing to leave Kabul.
It is unclear whether the government of President Ashraf Ghani will mount a counteroffensive or capitulate.
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