The Taliban begins taking control of Afghanistan after conquering capital

The Taliban is on the brink of taking total control after moving into the Afghanistan capital of Kabul this morning.

The country’s president Ashraf Ghani has fled the country while there is chaos at the airport with thousands trying to get out of there.

The insurgents seized the presidential palace as well, with officials earlier reporting that talks had taken place to ensure a peaceful transition of power.


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A spokesman for the Taliban’s political office told Al Jazeera the war was over in Afghanistan.

They’re now understood to be figuring out how to form a government.

“We assure everyone that we will provide safety for citizens and diplomatic missions,” the spokesperson told Al Jazeera.

“We are ready to have a dialogue with all Afghan figures and will guarantee them the necessary protection.”

The rapid take over follows the withdrawal of US troops and allies after a 20-year-long operation.

Some 5,000 troops were being deployed over the weekend to try and evacuate diplomats from Kabul before the Taliban closed it.

Late last week there was a report that around 80 Australians may be in the city.

Our Prime Minister Scott Morrison told Sunrise that the government is working with allies, but he couldn’t share any details about specific operations.

“We’re continuing to work with our partners and allies about the desperate situation that’s there, also working with the New Zealand government, I spoke to Jacinda Ardern last night.

“We’re convening again about the work that we’re putting in and the operations that we’re putting in,” Mr Morrison said.