by Zero Hedge
Update (1310ET): The situation in Kabul (well all of Afghanistan) has gone from bad to worst case scenario as a Taliban official says they will soon declare the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan from the presidential palace in Kabul, the Associated Press reported, after reports of the insurgents entering the premises and taking control of it
As this is unfolding, 100s of US citizens are scrambling aboard C-17s as the Biden admin evacuates the country…
We give the last word for this latest update to FT op-ed writer Gideon Rachman who presciently notes:
If Donald Trump were presiding over the debacle in Afghanistan, the US foreign policy establishment would be loudly condemning the irresponsibility and immorality of American strategy. Since it is Joe Biden in the White House there is instead, largely, an embarrassed silence.
One thing of note – which we are sure Fauci and Biden will quickly clamp down on – none of the evacuees appear to be wearing masks!!
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Update (1200ET): The Taliban are now in charge.
- TALIBAN FIGHTERS ENTER AFGHAN PRESIDENTIAL PALACE – TWO SENIOR TALIBAN COMMANDERS IN KABUL
- TALIBAN SAYS THEY HAVE CONTROL OF PRESIDENTIAL PALACE: REUTERS
Meanwhile the US embassy in Kabul is also about to fall to the Taliban who are set to return to power after 20 years…
- U.S. EMBASSY IN AFGHANISTAN SAYS REPORTS OF KABUL AIRPORT TAKING FIRE, INSTRUCTS U.S. CITIZENS TO SHELTER IN PLACE
Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan (August 15, 2021)
Event: The security situation in Kabul is changing quickly and the situation at the airport is deteriorating rapidly. There are reports of the airport taking fire and we are instructing U.S. citizens to shelter in place. The U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan has suspended consular operations effective immediately. Do not come to the Embassy or airport at this time.
U.S. citizens needing assistance in departing the country should register for any option that might be identified to return to the United States, by completing this Repatriation Assistance Request for each traveler in their group. Spouses and minor children of U.S. citizens in Afghanistan who are awaiting immigrant visas should also complete this form if they wish to depart. Please do so as soon as possible. You must complete this form even if you’ve previously submitted your information to the U.S. Embassy in Kabul.
Do not call the U.S. Embassy in Kabul for details or updates about the flight. This form is the only way to communicate interest in flight options.
… having retaken Kabul in less than 8 hours.
Are we about to have another Libya on our hands, with one or more embassy staffers about to die as Taliban hostages?
NBC is reporting that the US Ambassador has left the embassy. He and the flag are at the airport. And perhaps even more notably, NBC News appears to be turning against the Biden admin…
Meanwhile, according to the AP, a Taliban official says they will soon declare the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan from the presidential palace in Kabul.