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Taliban Takeover

Posted on : 27 Aug 2021

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Afghanistan, the mountainous landlocked country at the crossroads of Central and South Asia, has witnessed a disastrous Taliban takeover.

Key Details:

  • Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, on 15th August 2021 after fleeing the country had stated that the Taliban had won.

  • The militants entered Kabul, sealing a nationwide military victory in just 10 days which is nearly 20 years after they were ousted from power by a US-led invasion.

  • He will shortly tender his resignation, as the government has surrendered to the Taliban forces, which entered Kabul and sought the unconditional surrender of the central government.

  • A new interim government has been announced, which is likely to be headed by Ali Ahamd Jalali, a US-based academic.

  • Nations such as the US, UK, Germany and Canada are using their troops to evacuate their nationals from Afghanistan.

  • American diplomats were flown by helicopter to the airport from their embassy in the fortified Wazir Akbar Khan district.

  • The insurgents' imminent takeover triggered fear and panic in Kabul among residents fearful of the group's hardline brand of Islam, which it imposed during its 1996-2001 rule.

  • According to the latest updates, all the provincial capitals such as Zaranj, Sheberghan, Sar-e-Pul, Kunduz, Taloqan, Aybak, Pul-e-Khumri, Faizabad, Ghazni, Firus Koh, Qala-e-Naw, Kandahar, Lashkar Gah, Herat, Pul-e-Alam, Mazar-i-Sharif, Jalalabad, and Maidan Wardak are now under Taliban control.

Additional Info:

  • Taliban leader Abdul Ghani Baradar is likely to be the new President of Afghanistan.

  • He is the co-founder of the Taliban in Afghanistan.

Who are the Taliban?

  • The Taliban is a Deobandi Islamist movement.

  • It is led by young Islamic scholars who are dedicated to the religious purification of the country and the creation of an emirate.

  • Mawlawi Hibatullah Akhundzada is reportedly the leader of the Taliban since 2016.

Afganistan:

  • Afghanistan, officially the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, is a landlocked country in Asia.

  • It is bordered by Pakistan to the east and south; Iran to the west; Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and Tajikistan to the north; and China to the northeast.

  • Its Capital is Kabul.

  • The currency used here is Afghan afghani.

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