Chaos at Kabul airport as Taliban reclaims Afghanistan

The Taliban has declared the war in Afghanistan over after its fighters swept into the capital, Kabul, and President Ashraf Ghani fled the country.

Victorious Taliban fighters patrolled the streets of Kabul on Monday as thousands of Afghans mobbed the city’s airport trying to flee the group’s feared hardline brand of rule.

Meanwhile, many nations were scrambling to evacuate their diplomats, citizens, and some local Afghan staff.

Al Jazeera’s reporter Charlotte Bellis, from Kabul, says “the airport has been the real crisis point of the roll-in of the Taliban”.

“Outside of that, it has been relatively smooth. Security forces have for the most part laid down their weapons,” she says.

Mohammad Naeem, a spokesman for Taliban’s political office tells Al Jazeera the group does not want to live in isolation and says the type and form of the new government in Afghanistan will be made clear soon. He also calls for peaceful international relations.

The United Nations Security Council will discuss the situation in Afghanistan later on Monday.

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