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Taliban Infiltrates Presidential Palace, Declares Victory of Afghanistan

“We have reached a victory that we couldn’t imagine,” said Mullah Baradar, a co-founder of the Taliban, as images and videos of their “victory” were posted to social media accounts.

Abdullah Abdullah, the head of the High Council for National Reconciliation confirmed on Twitter that the President had fled the country.

Afghanistan’s President issued a statement which translated “I came across a hard choice; I should stand to face the armed Taliban who wanted to enter the palace or leave the dear country that I dedicated my life to protecting … the past 20 years,” he said in the message, according to a translation.

“The citizens of Kabul should not feel any fear from the [Taliban]” and their “forces will enter Kabul city very easily,” stated a Taliban spokesperson.

However there have been reports of revenge killings throughout areas that have already been taken over.

“The security situation in Kabul is changing quickly including at the airport. There are reports of the airport taking fire; therefore we are instructing U.S. citizens to shelter in place,” an embassy security alert stated.

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