Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, who abruptly disappeared from the scene as the Taliban advanced towards the capital, Kabul, confirmed that he had decided to leave “to spare the bloodshed”, while explosions were heard in the city amidst a state of uncertainty.
“Today I faced difficult choices,” Ghani wrote on his Facebook account, which is “either facing Taliban militants who wanted to enter the palace, or leave the dear country (Afghanistan) that I have devoted my life to protecting and protecting for the past twenty years.”
He said, “In order to avoid bloodshed, I thought it was better to get out. The Taliban won power with swords and guns, and now they are responsible for protecting the honor, wealth and dignity of the people of the country.”
He called on the movement to “reassure all the people, countries, different sectors and women in Afghanistan in order to gain legitimacy and the hearts of the people” and “put a clear plan to do it and share it with the public.”
On Sunday, local media reported hearing a number of explosions in the capital, amid continuing uncertainty after Taliban fighters entered the city and Ghani’s sudden exit.
1TV News said several explosions were heard in the capital, and a resident of the central Makurian district reported hearing two large explosions.
Reuters quoted a US official as saying that the US Department of Defense (Pentagon) had authorized the dispatch of an additional 1,000 troops to assist the evacuation from Kabul, bringing the total number of forces in Afghanistan temporarily to 6000.
The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to Reuters, said an additional 1,000 troops would come from the 82nd Airborne Division, which was already on alert.