Taliban militants stormed Kabul, the Capital of Afghanistan on Sunday, as the United States Government uses helicopters to evacuate diplomats from its embassy.
Gatekeepers News reports that 5,000 extra troops were deployed to help with the evacuation operation and the embassy officials were taken to Kabul airport, where they boarded military planes.
“We have a small batch of people leaving now as we speak. A majority of the staff are ready to leave,” a US official told Reuters. “The embassy continues to function.”
Meanwhile, Taliban militants have started entering Kabul “from all sides”, Reuters reported early on Sunday.
According to reports, a Taliban leader in Doha said fighters had been directed not to create violence in the city, and allow all who wanted to flee to leave the city.
In a statement, the Taliban said it had instructed fighters to remain at the city’s gates until the transition to a new government takes place.
The office of Afghan President Ashraf Ghan, via a statement on Twitter, said the situation was “under control.”
“There have been sporadic shootings in Kabul, Kabul has not been attacked, the country’s security and defence forces are working together with international partners to ensure the security of the city, the situation is under control,” the post said.
Gatekeepers News there are rising calls for Ghani to resign after it has been obvious that he already lost control of the country.
Taliban militants had on Saturday seized the major provincial capital of Jalalabad, leaving Kabul the only city still under government control. They quickly started advancing on the outskirts of Kabul early on Sunday.