Islamists Seize Afghanistan – While Thousands Fight To Flee Country In Chaotic Scenes At Airport
By JACK WRIGHT, JACK NEWMAN, RACHEL SHARP and CHRIS EBERHART
FOR DAILYMAIL.COM and MAILONLINE
A Taliban commander claimed he spent eight years in Guantanamo Bay in a triumphant speech from inside the Presidential Palace in Kabul as the militants declared an Islamic state of Afghanistan after the country’s president joined thousands of Afghan nationals in a mass exodus.
Taliban fighters marched into the ancient palace on Sunday and demanded a ‘peaceful transfer of power’ as the capital city descended into chaos, with US helicopters evacuating diplomats from the embassy in scenes echoing the 1975 Fall of Saigon which followed the Vietnam War.
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