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AFGHANISTAN CONFLICT
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Summary: Civilians injured from double suicide attack on Kabul airport receive treatment
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Source: Agencia EFE
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Date: 08/27/2021 12:26 PM
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Kabul, Aug 27 (EFE/EPA)-. At least 95 people have been killed and 150 injured in Thursday's double suicide attack on the Kabul airport carried out by the Islamic State terror group, officials said on Friday.The number of victims was confirmed to EFE by an official source on the condition of anonymity, who said that he could not divulge more details due to the "sensitivity" of the matter.The source did not clarify if the casualty figures included the 13 United States soldiers killed in the attack and 18 other US troops who were wounded close to the airport, so that the death toll could climb above 100. (Camera: STRINGER).SHOT LIST: INJURED VICTIMS OF THE AIRPORT BOMB BLAST RECEIVE TREATMENT WHILE RELATIVES IDENTIFY BODIES OF THE VICTIMS AT A HOSPITAL IN KABUL, AFGHANISTAN.WARNING: THIS VIDEO CONTAINS GRAPHIC CONTENT.

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AFGHANISTAN CONFLICT
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Summary: Kabul airport attack death toll nears 100
Story No: efe029661
Source: Agencia EFE
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Date: 08/27/2021 11:44 AM
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Kabul, Aug 27 (EFE/EPA)-. At least 95 people have been killed and 150 injured in Thursday's double suicide attack on the Kabul airport carried out by the Islamic State terror group, officials said on Friday.The number of victims was confirmed to EFE by an official source on the condition of anonymity, who said that he could not divulge more details due to the "sensitivity" of the matter.The source did not clarify if the casualty figures included the 13 United States soldiers killed in the attack and 18 other US troops who were wounded close to the airport, so that the death toll could climb above 100. (Camera: STRINGER).B-ROLL OF THE EXTERIOR OF KABUL INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT IN KABUL, AFGHANISTAN, FOLLOWING THE DOUBLE SUICIDE ATTACK ON AUG. 26.

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Afghanistan-Kabul Airport/Explosions
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Summary: Afghanistan-Kabul Airport/Explosions
Story No: cctv047179
Source: China Central Television (CCTV)
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Date: 08/27/2021 04:01 AM
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At least 73 people were killed and at least 170 injured after explosions and ensuing gunfight rocked outside a gate of the Kabul airport in the Afghan capital on Thursday, multiple sources said.The Afghan Public Health Ministry said two explosions killed 60 Afghans and injured at least 155 people. The injured included women and children. According to the latest data released by the Pentagon, at least 13 U.S. soldiers were killed and at least 15 injured in the attack.The number of casualties may continue to rise, judged by the situation of local hospitals.An extremist group later claimed responsibility for the attack on its website.The blasts, which were reportedly caused by a suicide bomber, happened after Western nations warned of possible terrorist attack at the airport where thousands of people are trying to get in to leave the country. The first explosion struck the airport's north gate, while the second massive blast occurred about 30 minutes later close to the Baron Camp, a military base near the airport used by coalition forces in the past. Thousands of soldiers of U.S. and coalition forces were stationed inside the airport while Taliban members provided security for the outside of the facility. The Taliban "strongly condemns" the bombing outside the Kabul airport, saying it happened at an area where U.S. forces are responsible for security. Gun fire could still be heard as of 20:30 local time, reported Tolo News TV, citing witnesses.

Kabul, Afghanistan - Aug 26, 2021 (CCTV - No access Chinese mainland)

1. Traffic outside hospital; ambulance; locals

2. Traffic outside hospital

3. Various of ambulance arriving in front of hospital; locals; injured people being transported to hospital

4. Locals waiting outside hospital

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Organisations: Taliban
Locations: Aug-Radisch , Styria , Austria
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US PA Kabul Airport Attack Reax
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Summary: Expat: Kabul attack signals return to 'dark days'
Story No: 4341345
Source: ASSOCIATED PRESS
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Date: 08/26/2021 11:50 PM
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An Afghan expatriate living in U.S. state of Pennsylvania reacted with dismay Thursday following an attack outside Kabul airport.

Two suicide bombers and gunmen attacked crowds of Afghans flocking to Kabul’s airport on Thursday, killing at least 60 Afghans and 12 U.S. troops, Afghan and U.S. officials said.

The Islamic State affiliate in Afghanistan has claimed responsibility for the attacks.

Calling the attack at the Kabul airport "a crime," expat Khan, whose first name is withheld due to safety concerns, said his country is "going back to the dark days where we started 20 years ago."

He asked the Associated Press to use only his last name out of fear for family still in Afghanistan.

"Whoever did it is against the humanity and human rights," Khan said.

Bensalem, Pennsylvania – 26 August 2021

1. Afghan expat Khan (first name withheld due to safety concerns for family still in Afghanistan) sitting on a sofa

2. SOUNDBITE (English) Khan (first name witheld), Afghan expat living in the US:

"I feel very bad for the people who died there and got injured. And it's unfortunate that they created the situation so that could happen. So it's very unfortunate. You know, people are dying and they're pretending that they are bringing peace. But this action today was not part of peace."

3. Wide of Khan talking

4. SOUNDBITE (English) Khan (first name witheld), Afghan expat living in the US:

"It's very unfortunate country is going back to that dark days where we started 20 years ago. We had a beautiful country. We were in the right path. Suddenly the change and went down everything which nobody expected would happen like that, and very quick and very short time."

5. Khan talking

6. SOUNDBITE (English) Khan (first name witheld), Afghan expat living in the US:

"Whoever did it is against the humanity and the human rights, you know, and those people, they're not fighting. They were not in war. They were civilians. They were trying to, you know, get to a better future and to the peace. But, you know, killing them is I think it's a crime. You know, whoever did it, it's it's against humanity. And they shouldn't be doing that."

7. Khan talking

8. SOUNDBITE (English) Khan (first name witheld), Afghan expat living in the US:

"A lot of people lost their lives. They were trying to get out of the chaos after the (Taliban takeover) and they didn't want to live under that regime. So I guess they should give people choice of living and choosing where they want how they want to live. I mean, they have the rules, but, you know, killing people, innocent people, I don't think it's not allowed in Islam or any religion and human rights. So they should do whatever they respect. They should respect that and stop killing people."

9. Khan talking

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US Afghanistan Tillis
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Summary: Sen. Tillis: Afghanistan a 'tinderbox' after attack
Story No: 4341343
Source: ASSOCIATED PRESS
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Date: 08/26/2021 11:33 PM
People: Thom Tillis , Joe Biden , Hamid Karzai
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Republican Sen. Thom Tillis says Afghanistan is a "tinderbox" after two suicide bombers and gunmen attacked crowds of Afghans flocking to Kabul's airport Thursday.

The North Carolina senator who serves on the Armed Services committe says his office has been working to help people evacuate from Afghanistan including American citizens and Afghans who are special immigrant visa holders.

However Tillis says he worries the Biden administration is "underestimating the number of people who are at risk of being stranded in Afghanistan."

"What's the solution?" Tillis said in an interview.

"It's not about to exit on August the 31st and say hey we did what we could. There are American citizens, there a green card holders, there are people who have been issued as SIV visas, and there are 1000s in the pipeline, who deserve to have them and deserve to get evacuated."

In an emotional speech from the White House, U.S. President Joe Biden said the latest bloodshed would not drive the U.S. out of Afghanistan earlier than scheduled, and that he had instructed the U.S. military to develop plans to strike IS.

Kabul - 26 August 2021

1. STILL image of smoke rising from a deadly explosion outside the airport in Kabul (ID Ref No 21238591288878)

Cornelius, North Carolina - 26 August 2021

2. SOUNDBITE (English) Sen. Thom Tillis, (R) North Carolina:

"Sadly, it's not surprising to me when when the ISIS and Al Qaeda prisoners were released, after  the takeover of Bagram Air Force Base, then it was pretty clear that now we have thousands of people who could do harm beyond the Taliban. And the Taliban is not a tightly knit military unit. So it's not surprising. It is disheartening, particularly for the men and women in uniform and the veterans that I've been working with who have helped us get people out of Afghanistan over the past week. But it's now it's a tinder box. And quite honestly, we have to be very careful. We've heard reports of additional bombs later this afternoon. I think the situation's going to get even more desperate in the coming days."

Kabul - 26 August 2021

3. STILL image of wounded people in beds at a hospital after a deadly attack outside the airport (ID Ref No 21238749693034)

Cornelius, North Carolina - 26 August 2021

4. SOUNDBITE: (English) Sen. Thom Tillis, (R) North Carolina:

"Well, my position is we should have never had a date, and we should have had more contingency plans than putting over 5,000 service members in a box canyon called Kabul airport, so you've got a very challenging strategic threat there. It would be very difficult to resupply them with a number of forces that we would need to engage in any kind of kinetic activity, and the President's intent on removing them. Well we're looking ahead though because what is the President going to offer us, that those of us who have spent literally 24 hours a day for the past week or two to get people out of Afghanistan, what tools are going to remain? What's the solution? It's not about to exit on August the 31st and say 'hey we did what we could.' There are American citizens, there a green card holders, there are people who have been issued as SIV visas, and there are 1000s in the pipeline, who deserve to have them and deserve to get evacuated."

Kabul - 26 August 2021

5. STILL image of a U.S. soldier holding a sign indicating a gate is closed as hundreds of people gather some holding documents, near an evacuation control checkpoint on the perimeter of the Hamid Karzai International Airport (ID Ref No 21238362925468)

Cornelius, North Carolina - 26 August 2021

4. SOUNDBITE: (English) Sen. Thom Tillis, (R) North Carolina:

"I think that we're underestimating the number of people who are at risk of being stranded in Afghanistan. I think American citizens certainly green card holders and absolutely special immigrant visa holders."

Chantilly, Virginia - 23 August 2021

5. Exterior of a bus at a temporary housing center for evacuees from Afghanistan

6. Various of evacuees in face masks exiting the bus

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US WH Briefing Afghanistan
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Summary: US flags to fly at half-staff until August 30
Story No: 4341340
Source: US NETWORK POOL VIA ABC NEWS VIDEOSOURCE
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Date: 08/26/2021 11:03 PM
People: Jen Psaki
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White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Thursday U.S. flags across the country will be flown at half-staff until August 30th to mark the loss of life to U.S. service personnel due to a bombing at the Kabul airport Thursday.

The attacks killed at least 60 Afghans and 13 U.S. troops, Afghan and U.S. officials said.

The blasts came hours after Western officials warned of a major attack, urging people to leave the airport.

But that advice went largely unheeded by Afghans desperate to escape the country in the last few days of an American-led evacuation before the U.S. officially ends its 20-year presence on Aug. 31.

The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the killings on its Amaq news channel.

Psaki said the U.S. has no information that the Taliban was aware ahead of time, or took part, in the attack.

"Obviously, what happened today, and the loss of lives of U.S. service members of Afghans, is a tragedy, is horrific, is one of the worst things, if not the worst thing we have experienced during President Biden's time in office."

She also said President Biden plans to finish the mission at the Kabul airport on August 31st, is based on the advice of his military commanders.

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Washington DC - 26 August 2021

1. Wide of White House press secretary Jen Psaki in briefing room

2. SOUNDBITE (English) Jen Psaki, White House press secretary:

"Just one thing to note at the top, as a mark of respect, starting today, the United States flag will be flown at half-staff at the White House and upon all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations and on all naval vessels of the federal government in the District of Columbia, and throughout the United States and its territories, and possessions until sunset on April, August 30th excuse me, 2021 in honor of the victims of the senseless acts of violence in Kabul, Afghanistan."

3. Cutaway of reporters

4. SOUNDBITE (English) Jen Psaki, White House press secretary:

"At a time where the Taliban is taking over the country, certainly not our preference, as you all know well. It is not going to be possible for every single Afghan, millions potentially who want to leave Afghanistan to be evacuated. At the same time, I think you also heard the president make clear, that there is not an end to our commitment to getting American citizens out, who don't want who are not ready to leave and to getting partners out and those who have served alongside the United States over the last 20 years."

5. Cutaway

6. SOUNDBITE (English) Jen Psaki, White House press secretary:

"I think it's worth repeating and important to repeat that we don't have any information at this point in time. And that has not changed over the last couple of hours to suggest that the Taliban had knowledge of, or was engaged in or involved in this attack. Obviously, what happened today and the loss of lives of U.S. service members, of Afghans is a tragedy, is horrific, is one of the worst things, if not the worst thing we have experienced during President Biden's time in office. But again, we don't have any additional assessment at this point in time."

7. Reporters

8. SOUNDBITE (English) Jen Psaki, White House press secretary:

"The president relies on the advice of his military commanders, and they continue to believe that it is essential to get out by the 31st. That is their advice, and there are several reasons for that. One is the ongoing threats. And the second is that we want to be able to have the ability to get individuals out who have been partners of ours after the 31st. And they believe the best way to do that is to stay on that timeline at this point in time.

(Reporter: "And does the White House and still anticipate that those flights of mass evacuations will end before the actual 31st.")

Psaki: "First, I'm not going to get into an operational timeline of when the last evacuation flight will be. And I don't expect the Department of Defense will do that either. We will let you know as we have twice a day, as we have updated numbers.

(Reporter: "One more question. Is there an alternative plan being discussed for how to get these people who are seeking to leave to the airport, given it is potentially perilous to go and wait outside the gates right now to get in?")

Psaki: "There are a range of operations and operational approaches that our commanders and military on the ground have been utilizing over the course of several days, if not more. I'm not going to outline those from here, but that is why they're in touch with American citizens, why they're in touch with partners. We're working to evacuate to get them safely to the airport and evacuated  at the appropriate time."

9. Mid of reporters

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Subjects: Government and politics , Military and defense , Military leadership
People: Jen Psaki
Organisations: United States government, United States military, Taliban
Locations: District of Columbia , Asia , Central Asia , Afghanistan , Kabul , North America , United States
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US Biden Afghanistan Taliban
Title:
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Summary: Biden vows to finish Kabul evacuation
Story No: 4341334
Source: US NETWORK POOL VIA ABC NEWS VIDEOSOURCE
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Date: 08/26/2021 10:31 PM
People: Joe Biden
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U.S. President Joe Biden vowed Thursday to complete the evacuation of American citizens and others from Afghanistan despite a deadly suicide bomb attack at the Kabul airport.

Speaking with emotion from the White House, Biden said the Islamic State group's Afghanistan affiliate was to blame for the attacks that killed 12 American service members and many more Afghan civilians.

He said there was no evidence they colluded with the Taliban, who now control the country.

“We have some reason to believe we know who they are,” he said of the bombers and gunmen involved. "Not certain.”

As many as 1,000 Americans and many more Afghans are still struggling to get out of Kabul.

Biden was briefed on the attacks, which also killed dozens of Afghans and came 12 days into the rushed evacuation and five days before its scheduled completion.

Some Republicans argued to extend the evacuation beyond next Tuesday's deadline.

The administration has been widely blamed for a chaotic and deadly evacuation that began in earnest only after the collapse of the U.S.-backed Afghan government and the Taliban's takeover of the country. More than 100,000 people have been evacuated so far.

Thursday's attacks were sure to intensify political pressure from all sides on Biden, who already was under heavy criticism for not beginning the pullout earlier.

He had announced in April that he was ending the U.S. war and would have all forces out by September.

Biden had pledged to get out of Afghanistan every American who wished to leave.

As of Thursday, the State Department estimated there were as many as 1,000 Americans in Afghanistan who may want help getting out.

The airlift continued Thursday despite warnings of vehicle-borne bomb threats near the airport.

The White House said 13,400 people had been evacuated in the 24 hours that ended early Thursday morning Washington time.

Those included 5,100 people aboard U.S. military planes and 8,300 on coalition and partner aircraft. That was a substantial drop from the 19,000 airlifted by all means the day before.

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Washington DC - 26 August 2021

1. Wide of media

2. SOUNDBITE (English) Joe Biden, US President:

"I've instructed the military whatever they need, if they need additional force, I will grant it. But the military from the chairman of the Joint Chiefs, the Joint Chiefs, commanders in the field have all contacted me one way or another, usually by letter, saying they subscribe to the mission as designed. To get as many people out as we can within the time frame, that is allotted."

3. Cutaway of press

4. SOUNDBITE (English) Joe Biden, US President:

"And with regard to finding, tracking down the ISIS leaders who ordered this, we have some reason to believe we know who they are. Not certain. And we will find ways of our choosing without large military operations to get them, wherever they are."

5. Cutaway

6. SOUNDBITE (English) Joe Biden, US President:

"There is no evidence thus far that I've been given as a consequence by any of our commanders in the field that there has been collusion between the Taliban and ISIS in carrying out what happened today, both in front of the hotel and what is expected to continue for beyond today."

7. Cutaway

8. SOUNDBITE (English) Joe Biden, US President:

"They are not good guys Taliban, I'm not suggesting that at all. But they have a keen interest, as many of you have been reporting, they very much like to figure out how to keep the airport open and don't have the capacity to do it. They very much are trying to figure out whether or not they can maintain what is a portion of an economy that has become not robust, but fundamentally different than it had been."

9. Wide of media corps

10. SOUNDBITE (English) Joe Biden, US President:

"And so there's a lot of reasons why they have reached out to us, but to others as to why it would be continued in their interest to get more of the personnel we want to get out, we can locate them now. There's not many left that we can assess. That  want to come out. For some Americans, we've identified and contacted the vast majority of them, not all of them who don't want to leave,"

11. Cutaway

12. SOUNDBITE (English) Joe Biden, US President:

"The reason why there were no attacks on Americans, as you said from the date until I came into office was because the commitment was made by President Trump 'I will be out by May 1st. In the meantime, you agree not to attack any Americans.' That was the deal. That's why no American was attacked."

13. Cutaway

14. SOUNDBITE (English) Joe Biden, US President:

"Imagine where we'd be if I had indicated on May the 1st I was not going to renegotiate evacuation date, we were going to stay there. I have only one alternative - pour thousands of more troops back into Afghanistan to fight a war that we had already won relative is why the reason we went in the first place."

15. Cutaway

16. SOUNDBITE (English) Joe Biden, US President:

"I have never been of the view that we should be sacrificing American lives to try to establish a democratic government in Afghanistan, a country that has never once in its entire history been a united country."

17. Biden walking out of the East Room of the White House

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Subjects: Government and politics , General news , Evacuations
People: Joe Biden
Organisations: United States government, United States military, Islamic State group, Taliban
Locations: Asia , Central Asia , Afghanistan , Kabul , North America , United States , District of Columbia
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Footage Shows Large Crowds Near Kabul Airport Prior to Deadly Attacks
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Summary: Footage Shows Large Crowds Near Kabul Airport Prior to Deadly Attacks
Story No: stltd002270
Source: Storyful Ltd
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Date: 08/26/2021 09:52 PM
People: Hamid Karzai
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Large crowds were seen close to Kabul’s international airport on August 26, hours before attacks in the area claimed the lives of dozens of Afghans and at least 12 US service members. At a press conference, General Kenneth F McKenzie Jr, commander of United States Central Command (CENTCOM), said bombs exploded by the Abbey Gate at Hamid Karzai International Airport and in the area of the Baron Hotel “which is immediately adjacent,” and that gunmen opened fire on civilians after the blasts. He said US authorities believe an affiliate of Islamic State, Islamic State Khorasan (ISIS-K), was responsible for the attack. As the press briefing was ongoing, it was reported that Islamic State had claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement disseminated via one its media arms, Amaq News Agency. This footage was taken by Mohammad Hamid Paimani, a journalist based in Kabul, who said he captured it on the morning of August 26 close to the hotel. Credit: Mohammad Hamid Paimani via Storyful

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US Biden Afghanistan Attacks
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Summary: Biden speaks about deadly Afghanistan attacks
Story No: 4341331
Source: US NETWORK POOL VIA ABC NEWS VIDEOSOURCE
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Date: 08/26/2021 09:51 PM
People: Naftali Bennett , Joe Biden
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President Joe Biden vowed Thursday to complete the evacuation of American citizens and others from Afghanistan despite a deadly suicide bomb attack at the Kabul airport. He also promised to avenge the deaths, declaring to the extremists responsible: “We will hunt you down and make you pay.”

Speaking with emotion from the White House, Biden said the Islamic State group's Afghanistan affiliate was to blame for the attacks that killed 12 American service members and many more Afghan civilians. He said there was no evidence they colluded with the Taliban, who now control the country.

“We have some reason to believe we know who they are,” he said of the bombers and gunmen involved. "Not certain.”

As many as 1,000 Americans and many more Afghans are still struggling to get out of Kabul.

Biden was briefed on the attacks, which also killed dozens of Afghans and came 12 days into the rushed evacuation and five days before its scheduled completion. Some Republicans argued to extend the evacuation beyond next Tuesday's deadline.

The administration has been widely blamed for a chaotic and deadly evacuation that began in earnest only after the collapse of the U.S.-backed Afghan government and the Taliban's takeover of the country. More than 100,000 people have been evacuated so far.

Thursday's attacks were sure to intensify political pressure from all sides on Biden, who already was under heavy criticism for not beginning the pullout earlier. He had announced in April that he was ending the U.S. war and would have all forces out by September.

As details of the attacks emerged, the White House rescheduled Biden's first in-person meeting with Israel's new prime minister and canceled a video conference with governors about Afghan refugees arriving in the United States.

Biden had pledged to get out of Afghanistan every American who wished to leave. As of Thursday, the State Department estimated there were as many as 1,000 Americans in Afghanistan who may want help getting out.

Biden on Thursday had been scheduled to host Israeli leader Naftali Bennett, who is on his first visit to the United States since taking office. The meeting was rescheduled for Friday. Biden canceled plans to meet virtually with a bipartisan group of governors who have said they want to help resettle Afghan refugees.

A number of U.S. allies said they were ending their evacuation efforts in Kabul, at least in part to give the U.S. the time it needs to wrap up its evacuation operations before getting more than 5,000 U.S. troops out by Tuesday.

Despite intense pressure to extend the Tuesday deadline, Biden has repeatedly cited the threat of terrorist attacks against civilians and U.S. service members as a reason to keep to his plan.

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Washington, DC - 26 August 2021

1. Side, U.S. President Joe Biden walks into the White House East Room, UPSOUND (English) "It's a tough day."

2. SOUNDBITE (English) Joe Biden, U.S. President:

"For those who carried out this attack, as well as anyone who wishes America harm, know this: We will not forgive. We will not forget. We will hunt you down and make you pay. I will defend our interests and our people with every measure at my command."

3. Side, Biden speaking

4. SOUNDBITE (English) Joe Biden, U.S. President:

"The situation on the ground is still evolving, and I'm constantly being updated. These American service members who gave their lives... it's overused word, but it's totally appropriate, they were heroes. Heroes who have been engaged in a dangerous, selfless mission to save the lives of others. They're a part of an airlift and evacuation effort, unlike any seen in history with more than 100,000 American citizens, American partners, Afghans who helped us and others taken to safety in the last 11 days."

5. Close-up Biden speaking

6. SOUNDBITE (English) Joe Biden, U.S. President:

"They're a part of the bravest, most capable, the most selfless military on the face of the earth. And they're part of simply what I call the backbone of America. They're the spine of America, the best the country has to offer. Jill and I, our hearts ache like I'm sure all of you do as well. For all those Afghan families who lost loved ones, including small children, or have been wounded in this vicious attack. And we're outraged as well as heartbroken."

7. Cutaway photographers

8. SOUNDBITE (English) Joe Biden, U.S. President:

"We will not be deterred by terrorists, I will not let them stop our mission. We will continue the evacuation. I've also ordered my commanders to develop operational plans to strike ISIS-K assets, leadership and facilities. We will respond with force and precision at our time, at the place we choose in the moment of our choosing. Here's what you need to know: these ISIS terrorists will not win. We will rescue the Americans. We will get our Afghan allies out and our mission will go on. America will not be intimidated. I have the utmost confidence in our brave service members who continue to execute this mission with courage and honor to save lives and get Americans, our partners, our Afghan allies, out of Afghanistan."

9. Side, Biden speaking

10. SOUNDBITE (English) Joe Biden, U.S. President:

"I ask that you join me now in a moment of silence, for all those in uniform and out, military and civilian who have given their last full measure of devotion. (Bows head.) Thank you. May God bless you all and may God protect the troops and all those standing watch for America. We have so much to do."

11. Side, Biden pausing for a moment of silence

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Subjects: Government and politics , General news , War and unrest , Terrorism
People: Naftali Bennett , Joe Biden
Organisations: Islamic State group, Taliban
Locations: Kabul , North America , United States , District of Columbia , Asia , Central Asia , Afghanistan
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Explosion Near Kabul Airport
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Summary: Afghanistan: Several People Dead In Explosions Near Kabul Airport
Story No: spt013891
Source: Spectee
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Date: 08/26/2021 06:00 PM
People: Ashraf Ghani , Hamid Karzai
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RESTRICTIONS AND USAGE TERMS: Please credit “ @samiull57940027 via Spectee”. Please Note this material is supplied by Spectee for the purpose of licensing to AP customers. This content is not produced or verified by the Associated Press. ******************************************************************* Video Location: Near Hamid Karzai International Airport, Kabul, Afghanistan Video Recording Date/Time: August 26, 2021 at about 18:00h At least 13 people were dead and at least 120 wounded after explosions near Kabul Airport in Afghanistan on Thursday, August 26. The Pentagon confirmed at least two blasts and said there were a number of casualties, including U.S. service members.

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AFGHANISTAN CONFLICT
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Summary: Kabul skyline moments after the explosion at the airport
Story No: efe029630
Source: Agencia EFE
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Date: 08/26/2021 04:15 PM
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Kabul (Afghanistan), Aug 26 (EFE / EPA).- More than a dozen people died and another 60 were injured in two explosions outside the Kabul airport, where thousands of Afghan citizens were crowded trying to leave the country on flights of international evacuations.FOOTAGE OF THE KABUL SKYLINE INSTANTS AFTER THE EXPLOSION AT THE CITY AIRPORT.

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Afghanistan Airport Blast Aftermath
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Summary: Aftermath of deadly blast near Kabul airport
Story No: 4341279
Source: ASSOCIATED PRESS
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Date: 08/26/2021 03:53 PM
People: John Kirby
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Two suicide bombers and gunmen targeted crowds massing near the Kabul airport on Thursday, in the waning days of a massive airlift that has drawn thousands of people seeking to flee the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan.

At least 13 people were killed and 15 wounded, Russian officials said.

A U.S. official said the complex attack was "definitely believed" to have been carried out by the Islamic State group, whose affiliate in Afghanistan grew out of disaffected Taliban members who hold an even more extreme view of Islam.

At least 13 people died and 15 were wounded, according to Russia's Foreign Ministry, which gave the first official casualty count.

Pentagon spokesman John Kirby also confirmed the blasts, saying one was near an airport entrance and another was a short distance away by a hotel.

The U.S. official said members of the U.S. military were among the wounded.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss ongoing operations.

Even as the area was hit, the official said evacuation flights continued to take off from Kabul airport, which Western governments earlier warned was a target.

Kabul - 26 August 2021

1. People attending to a wounded man near the site of the blast ++CONTAINS JUMP CUT++

2. SOUNDBITE (Pashto) Mohammad Sadiq, wounded:

"The explosion happened outside (the airport), near the canal (sewage canal outside the airport) ."

3. Medical workers attending to a wounded man on hospital bed

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Afghanistan Kabul Streets
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People continued crowding outside Kabul's international airport on Wednesday as the city got to grips with Taliban rule.

Many people queued outside banks, too, which have been closed since the insurgents took over the country 10 days ago.

Life in the capital of 6 million people has rapidly deteriorated, just as it has across much of the country over the past weeks amid the Taliban blitz that saw the group capture one provincial capital after another.

Kabul's parks have been filling with internally displaced people — families who fled their homes as the Taliban seized control of their towns.

The insurgents' fighters were seen patrolling Kabul's streets on Wednesday, armed with light and medium weapons.

The crowding outside Kabul's airport came as more than 82,000 people have been evacuated from Afghanistan since the Taliban's takeover.

While the pace of airlifts has picked up in recent days, it's still a chaotic scramble as people seek to escape.

Kabul - 25 August 2021

1. Taliban fighters on an armoured personnel carrier (APC) driving around Kabul

2. Various of Taliban fighters on street

3. Various of traffic and people

4. Various of crowds outside Kabul International Airport

5. SOUNDBITE (Pashto) Akhtar Mohammad, Kabul resident:

"They are not allowing people inside the airport to go to other countries. From one side, there is the mujahedeen (Taliban fighters), (then) there's the (foreign) soldiers preventing people from entering airport."

6. Traffic in Kabul city

7. Various of people waiting outside bank

8. SOUNDBITE (Dari) Abdul Raziq, school teacher:

"The banks have been closed for the last 10 days. Before the arrival of Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (new name given by Taliban), no one could get his or her salary and we are still waiting."

9. Various of Taliban fighters on street

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Afghanistan Airport Crowds UGC 2
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Summary: Chaos persists at Kabul airport, Taliban fire shots
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Date: 08/19/2021 04:25 PM
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Chaos persisted outside Kabul's international airport on Thursday as thousands tried to flee Taliban rule.

Footage shared on social media showed gunmen firing into the air outside the airport as people fled.

The Taliban now maintain an armed presence outside the airport, while the U.S. and British military are inside.

Still, foreign nations continued evacuating their people.

In the past day, the European Union, Spain, Denmark, Poland and Romania said it had evacuated some of their nationals and Afghan personnel associated with their presence in the country.

Separately, U.S. President Joe Biden says he's committed to keeping U.S. troops in Afghanistan until every American is evacuated, even if that means maintaining a military presence there beyond his Aug. 31 deadline for withdrawal.

In an interview with ABC News' George Stephanopoulos on Wednesday, Biden said that the U.S. will do "everything in our power" to get Americans and U.S. allies in the nation out before the deadline.

Pressed repeatedly on how the administration would help Americans left in the nation after Aug. 31, Biden finally affirmed, "if there's American citizens left, we're gonna stay till we get them all out."

Up to 15,000 Americans remain in Afghanistan after the Taliban took full control of the nation.

The Biden administration has received criticism for the scenes of violence and disorder in recent days as thousands attempted to flee while the Taliban advanced.

But during the same interview, Biden suggested there wasn't anything the administration could've done to avoid such chaos.

"The idea that somehow, there's a way to have gotten out without chaos ensuing, I don't know how that happens," he said.

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Kabul - 19 August 2021

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1. Taliban forces trying to disperse crowd outside Kabul airport, UPSOUND gunfire, child crying

2. People running, UPSOUND gunfire

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Afghanistan Airports Crowds UGC
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Date: 08/18/2021 07:10 PM
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Hundreds of Afghans who lacked any documents or promises of flights continued to gather at Kabul airport on Wednesday night.

The crowds, held at an outer perimeter, surged forward every time Taliban forces opened a gate, prompting the Taliban to rattle off warning shots to drive people back.

Taliban fighters and checkpoints surrounded the airport on Wednesday, a barrier for Afghans fearing their work with Westerners made them prime targets of the insurgents.

Afghans in danger from the Taliban for their work with U.S. forces and U.S. organizations also pleaded with the Biden administration to ease paperwork-intensive processing that they said threatens to leave tens of thousands of vulnerable Afghans behind.

The Pentagon said Wednesday that senior U.S. military officers, including Navy Rear Adm. Peter Vasely, were talking to Taliban commanders in the capital about Taliban checkpoints and curfews that have limited the number of Americans and Afghans able to enter the airport.

President Joe Biden this week defended his decision to finally end the U.S. combat role in Afghanistan, but rejected blame for the chaos that ensured.

He repeatedly laid responsibility for the Taliban takeover and the desperate and chaotic evacuation on Afghans, saying the U.S. could not have moved sooner to evacuate Afghan allies ahead of withdrawal of the last American forces because "some of the Afghans did not want to leave earlier, still hopeful for their country."

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Kabul - 18 August 2021

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1. Crowds and cars outside of airport UPSOUND bangs and car horns

2. Pan of vehicles and crowds of people outside airport UPSOUND bangs and car horns

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Afghanistan Schoolgirls
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Girls in Herat have gone back to school under Taliban rule to take their midterm exams, after the militant organisation announced that they can continue their education as long as they wear the hijab head covering.

Days after taking over the country following a lightning offensive, the Taliban made an effort to portray a more moderate stance, promising to respect women's rights and inviting them to join the government.

The Taliban seized power in Afghanistan two weeks before the U.S. was set to complete its troop withdrawal after a costly two-decade war.

The insurgents stormed across the country, capturing all major cities in a matter of days, as Afghan security forces trained and equipped by the U.S. and its allies melted away.

They so far have offered no specifics on how they will lead, other than to say they will be guided by Shariah, or Islamic, law.

The fundamentalist group ruled the country for five years until the 2001 U.S.-led invasion.

During that time, it forbade girls an education and women the right to work, and refused even to let them travel outside their homes without a male relative to accompany them.

Older generations remember the Taliban's previous rule, when they largely confined women to their homes, banned television and music, and held public executions.

Herat - 18 August 2021

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1. Various of schoolgirls inside one of Herat's girl school compound

2. Various of schoolgirls during mid-term examinations

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Summary: Afghanistan: People, Motorcade March Through Kabul Streets Waving Afghan Flags To Celebrate Independence Day 2
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RESTRICTIONS AND USAGE TERMS: Please credit “Shaqaiq via Spectee”. Please Note this material is supplied by Spectee for the purpose of licensing to AP customers. This content is not produced or verified by the Associated Press. ******************************************************************* NOTE: 2 clips Video Location: Shahr-e Naw, Kabul, Kabul, Afghanistan Video Recording Date/Time: August 19, 2021 at about 13:30h People braved the new Taliban rule and marched through the streets of Kabul waving Afghan flags on Independence Day, August 19. This video shows a motorcade of vehicles carrying Afghan flags. At one point in the video, the cars surround a Taliban pickup truck (driven by the Afghan National Police until August 15), according to the video owner.

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AFGHANISTAN ASHURA
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Kabul, Aug 19 (EFE/EPA).-Shia Muslims held large mourning processions across Afghanistan Thursday, the first after the Taliban seized power, to mark the death of Prophet Muhammad's grandson and his family in the battle of Karbala 1,400 years ago.(Camera: STRINGER)SHOT LIST: SHIA MUSLIMS GATHER FOR A LARGE MOURNING PROCESSION ON THE OCCASION OF ASHURA DAY IN KABUL, AFGHANISTAN.

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AF Kabul Flag Waving March
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RESTRICTIONS AND USAGE TERMS: Please credit “@rezaee67 via Spectee”. Please Note this material is supplied by Spectee for the purpose of licensing to AP customers. This content is not produced or verified by the Associated Press. ******************************************************************* Video Location: Jadah-ye Asma'i, Kabul, Afghanistan Video Recording Date/Time: August 19, 2021 at about 13:00h People braved the new Taliban rule and marched through the streets of Kabul waving Afghan flags on Independence Day, August 19.

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Afghanistan Taliban Patrol
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Taliban fighters patrolled Kabul on Thursday, with a commander among them pledging to bring security to Afghanistan.

"A large number of people and residents of Kabul are not afraid of us anymore," said Jehad Yaar, a Taliban commander who greeted locals on the street in Kabul.

"We will bring security to Afghanistan and we will improve the economy and life," he added.

But in other parts of Kabul, Afghan protesters were defying the Taliban for a second day, waving their national flag.

The scattered demonstrations on Thursday were met with renewed violence by the militants who are facing growing challenges to their rule.

A U.N. official warned of dire food shortages in this nation of 38 million people reliant on imports.

The Taliban face the same problems as the civilian government they dethroned without the level of international aid it enjoyed.

In the face of these challenges, the militants have moved quickly to suppress any dissent.

Many fear the Taliban will succeed in erasing two decades of efforts to expand women's and human rights in Afghanistan.

Kabul - 19 August 2021

1. Various of Taliban fighters patrolling in Kabul

2. Various of Jehad Yaar, a Taliban commander, greeting locals in market

3. SOUNDBITE (Pashto) Jehad Yaar, a Taliban commander:

"The market is very crowded, and people are very happy. A large number of people and residents of Kabul are not afraid of us anymore, Thank God. And day by day that fear is disappearing, they (people) are getting used to the Taliban."

4. Various of Yaar with fighters and locals

5. SOUNDBITE (Pashto) Jehad Yaar, a Taliban commander:

"Thank God, we will bring security to Afghanistan and we will improve the economy and life. We will try to handover the power to the people."

6. Various of armed Taliban fighters

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Pakistan Afghanistan Border
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Date: 08/19/2021 09:52 AM
People: Sheikh Rashid
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Afghans fleeing the turmoil in their country continued crossing the border into Pakistan on Thursday.

Two of Afghanistan's key border crossings with Pakistan, Torkham near Jalalabad and Chaman near Spin Boldak, are now open for trade.

Hundreds of trucks have now passed through, according to Pakistani Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed, after having been stuck at the border for days.

However, traders still fear insecurity on the roads and confusion over customs duties that could push them to price their goods higher.

The Taliban have seized power in Afghanistan two weeks before the U.S. was set to complete its troop withdrawal after a costly two-decade war.

The insurgents stormed across the country, capturing all major cities in a matter of days, as Afghan security forces trained and equipped by the U.S. and its allies melted away.

The Taliban so far have offered no specifics on how they will lead, other than to say they will be guided by Shariah, or Islamic, law.

Many Afghans have been hiding at home or trying to flee the country, fearful of abuses by the loosely controlled militant organisation.

Many people have expressed dread that the two-decade Western experiment to remake Afghanistan will not survive the resurgent Taliban, who took control of the country in a blitz that took just days.

Chaman - 19 August 2021

1. Various of people entering Pakistan from Afghanistan

2. Van carrying people

3. SOUNDBITE (Pashto) Gulab Khan, resident of Kandahar Afghanistan:

"I am coming from Kandahar due to the ongoing uncertain situation. We faced trouble here at the Pakistani side of border. They (Pakistani officials) are asking for travel documents which we don't have, but finally, they allow us to cross the border."

4. Various of people entering Pakistan from Afghanistan

5. Van carrying Afghans leaving border area toward Pakistan

6. SOUNDBITE (Pashto) Khan Wafa, taxi driver:

"Lots of people are coming from Afghanistan to Pakistan, most of them want to go to Quetta, Kuchlak and Peshawar, where some of them have relatives. At the moment due the large number of travelers, transporters charge them double."

7. Various of Afghan families at border

8. Various of hundreds of trade trucks parked at Chaman

9. SOUNDBITE (Pashto) Lala Khan, truck driver:

"Hundreds of trucks are parked here at the border since the last two-three days. Our request is to both Taliban and the Pakistani government to take necessary action and allow us to cross us the border."

10. Truck drivers at border

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AF Independence Day Kabul
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Summary: Afghanistan: National Flags Hoisted In Kabul On Independence Day
Story No: spt013789
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Date: 08/19/2021 09:15 AM
People: Ashraf Ghani , Hamid Karzai
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RESTRICTIONS AND USAGE TERMS: Please credit “@zabiullahkarimi via Spectee”. Please Note this material is supplied by Spectee for the purpose of licensing to AP customers. This content is not produced or verified by the Associated Press. ******************************************************************* NOTE: looped video Video Location: Abdul Haq Square, Kabul, Afghanistan Video Recording Date/Time: August 19, 2021 Afghanistan traditionally celebrates its 1919 independence from British rule on August 19. After the Taliban took control of the country, new concerns over more protests were sparked. This video shows the national flags of Afghanistan hoisted around the city of Kabul.

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AF Taliban Soldiers Kabul
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Summary: Afghanistan: Taliban Soldiers Stationed Near Military Base In Kabul
Story No: spt013788
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Date: 08/19/2021 08:15 AM
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RESTRICTIONS AND USAGE TERMS: Please credit “@Mrnoor94495347 via Spectee”. Please Note this material is supplied by Spectee for the purpose of licensing to AP customers. This content is not produced or verified by the Associated Press. ******************************************************************* NOTE: looped video Video Location: Kabul, Afghanistan Video Recording Date/Time: August 17, 202 After the Taliban took control of Kabul, security forces were seen heavily armed at the military base near Kabul. Protests have been reported in at least 2 cities following the Taliban takeover.

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AFGHANISTAN EVACUATIONS
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Summary: Afghans desperate to flee gather outside Kabul airport
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Date: 08/19/2021 06:48 AM
People: Hamid Karzai
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Kabul, Aug 19 (EFE/EPA)-. Thousands of desperate Afghans, including the elderly as well as women and children, have camped outside the Kabul airport for days in the hope of getting evacuated from the country after it was taken over by the Taliban.(Camera: STRINGER)SHOT LIST: AFGHANS GATHERED OUTSIDE THE HAMID KARZAI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT TO FLEE THE COUNTRY IN KABUL, AFGHANISTAN.

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SPAIN AFGHANISTAN
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Summary: 1st batch of Spaniards, Afghans evacuated from Kabul arrives in Madrid
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Date: 08/19/2021 06:33 AM
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Torrejón de Ardoz, Aug 19 (EFE). The A400 aircraft of the Spanish Armed Forces with the first group of Spaniards and Afghan citizens who have collaborated with the Spanish broadcast in the country, as well as their families, landed at the military air base of Torrejón de Ardoz (Madrid) early hours Thursday with 53 people.It was the first of the three planes sent by the Ministry of Defense for the repatriation of Spaniards and Afghans who helped Spain during the years that it maintained its military and cooperation mission in the Asian country. (Camera: NACHO MARTÍN/JESÚS BARTOLOMÉ).SHOT LIST: SPANISH EVACUEES, AND AFGHAN COLLABORATORS AND THEIR FAMILIES, ARRIVE AT THE TERREJON DE ARDOZ MILITARY BASE, IN MADRID, SPAIN.

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Afghan women gather at Kabul airport as Taliban soldiers patrol
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Summary: Afghan women gather at Kabul airport as Taliban soldiers patrol
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Date: 08/19/2021 12:00 AM
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Hundreds of Afghan women gathered at an airport in Kabul today while Taliban soldiers patrolled the perimeter.

Chaos and fear descended once again at the Hamid Karzai International Airport (HKIA) on August 19 with locals swarming the terminal to try and flee from the Taliban regime.

Footage shows Taliban guards, armed with whips and firearms, corraling terrified citizens while they wait under the harsh sun.

While U.S. forces are in control of the military side of the airport, Taliban fighters have stationed themselves in the surrounding area, reportedly putting up checkpoints and hampering attempts to reach the HKIA.

U.S. State Department spokesman Ned Price said more than 3,000 people have been evacuated from the airport. Meanwhile, Pentagon officials said about 6,000 American troops are expected to be at the airport to assist with security.

Taliban forces seized Kabul on August 15, settling into the presidential palace after Afghan President Ashraf Ghani fled the country.

A Taliban spokesman said the war was ‘over’ and that the militants have accomplished their objective or retaking the Middle East country following two decades of western occupation started by former leaders George Bush and Tony Blair.

Mohammad Naeem said: ‘We have reached what we were seeking, which is the freedom of our country and the independence of our people. We will not allow anyone to use our lands to target anyone, and we do not want to harm others.’

The U.S. State Department said there has been no formal transfer of power from the Afghan government to the Taliban, but declined to say if Ghani was still recognised as Afghanistan’s president.

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Subjects: Government and politics
People: Ashraf Ghani , George W. Bush , Hamid Karzai , Tony Blair
Organisations: Taliban, Afghanistan government, United States government, U.S. Department of State
Locations: North America , United States , Asia , Central Asia , Afghanistan , Kabul
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Women’s faces erased from murals in Afghanistan
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Summary: Women’s faces erased from murals in Afghanistan
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Date: 08/19/2021 12:00 AM
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Women's faces were erased from murals in Kabul days after the Taliban seized Afghanistan's capital city.

Onlooker Fazila Baloch recorded an unidentified man spray painting over women's faces at a beauty salon in Kabul on August 18. The act of vandalism came just a day after the Taliban bizarrely vowed to uphold equal rights for women 'within the framework of Islamic law'.

Fazila said: 'Yesterday, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid made headlines by claiming that they respect women’s rights. But today this is the reality in Kabul. First, they erased photographs of women. Then, they’ll remove women from public sphere.'

In the Taliban's first press conference on August 17, spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said: ‘We are going to allow women to work and study. We have got frameworks, of course. Women are going to be very active in the society but within the framework of Islam.’

Human rights groups fear the return of the draconian policies that were enforced under the previous Taliban regime two decades ago in Afghanistan.

The United States called for an ‘inclusive and representative’ government with women involved.

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Afghans start resistance against Taliban regime
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Summary: Afghans start resistance against Taliban regime
Story No: vrp007758
Source: Viralpress
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Date: 08/19/2021 12:00 AM
People: Hamid Karzai , George W. Bush , Tony Blair , Ashraf Ghani
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This is the harrowing moment an Afghan baby was passed along crowds as people desperate to flee from Taliban rule flocked to a Kabul airport on Wednesday.

Footage shows the child being held aloft and carried towards the barbed entrance of the Hamid Karzai International Airport while locals crowded each other outside on August 18.

U.S. State Department spokesman Ned Price said more than 3,000 people have been evacuated from the airport. Meanwhile, Pentagon officials said about 6,000 American troops are expected to be at the airport to assist with security.

Taliban forces seized Kabul on August 15, settling into the presidential palace after Afghan President Ashraf Ghani fled the country.

A Taliban spokesman said the war was ‘over’ and that the militants have accomplished their objective or retaking the Middle East country following two decades of western occupation started by former leaders George Bush and Tony Blair.

Mohammad Naeem said: ‘We have reached what we were seeking, which is the freedom of our country and the independence of our people. We will not allow anyone to use our lands to target anyone, and we do not want to harm others.’

The U.S. State Department said there has been no formal transfer of power from the Afghan government to the Taliban, but declined to say if Ghani was still recognised as Afghanistan’s president.

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People: Hamid Karzai , George W. Bush , Tony Blair , Ashraf Ghani
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Locations: North America , United States , Asia , Central Asia , Afghanistan , Kabul
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Jalalabad locals take down Taliban flag and hoist Afghan flag
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Summary: Jalalabad locals take down Taliban flag and hoist Afghan flag
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Date: 08/19/2021 12:00 AM
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Residents in Jalalabad City, Nangarhar province in Afghanistan took down the Taliban flag and replaced it with the national flag on August 18, days following the Taliban's takeover of the country.

Footage shows the locals climbing atop a structure in the middle of a plaza to remove the Taliban flag and hoist the tri-colored Afghan flag as onlookers gathered on the street.

Similar protests have sprung up in the cities of Asadabad and Khost, where Taliban flags were taken down.

The demonstrations were met with violence. In Jalalabad, a dozen people were injured while three reportedly died when Taliban guards opened fire on the rallyists.

The Taliban, in its press conference on August 17, had earlier called for peace and an end to conflict.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said: 'We don’t want to repeat any conflict anymore again. We want to do away with the factors for conflict. Therefore, the Islamic Emirate does not have any kind of hostility or animosity with anybody; animosities have come to an end and we would like to live peacefully.'

He added: 'We don’t want any internal enemies and any external enemies.'

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Locals stage anti Taliban protest in Asadabad, Afghanistan
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Summary: Locals stage anti Taliban protest in Asadabad, Afghanistan
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Date: 08/19/2021 12:00 AM
People: Zabihullah Mujahid
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Locals in Asadabad City in Afghanistan staged an anti-Taliban protest on August 18 - just days after the Taliban took over the country.

A crowd was seen gathering in the middle of a road in the capital city of Kunar province, triumphantly waving several Afghan flags while cars passed by.

Similar demonstrations have sprung up in the cities of Asadabad and Khost, where Taliban flags were taken down.

The protests were met with violence. In Jalalabad, a dozen people were injured while three reportedly died when Taliban guards opened fire on the rallyists.

The Taliban, in its press conference on August 17, had earlier called for peace and an end to conflict.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said: 'We don’t want to repeat any conflict anymore again. We want to do away with the factors for conflict. Therefore, the Islamic Emirate does not have any kind of hostility or animosity with anybody; animosities have come to an end and we would like to live peacefully.'

He added: 'We don’t want any internal enemies and any external enemies.'

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AFGHANISTAN CONFLICT
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Summary: Chaos in Kabul hinders evacuations
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Date: 08/18/2021 02:56 PM
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Kabul, Aug 18 (EFE / EPA).- Shots, smoke and dissuasive explosions have become the response of security forces to Afghans, including children, trying to get to Kabul airport, hindering evacuation missions.FOOTAGE OF THE KABUL AIRPORT AREA.

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Afghanistan Protest
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Summary: At least one person killed after Taliban disperses protest
Story No: 4340082
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Date: 08/18/2021 12:45 PM
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An Afghan health official said on Wednesday that at least one person was killed and six others were wounded when the Taliban violently broke up a protest in the eastern city of Jalalabad.

Dozens of people had gathered to raise the national flag a day before Afghanistan's Independence Day, which commemorates the end of British rule in 1919.

They lowered the Taliban flag — a white banner with an Islamic inscription — that the militants have raised in the areas they captured.

Video footage later showed the Taliban firing into the air and attacking people with batons to disperse the crowd.

The violence comes as the militant group meets with former officials from the toppled Western-backed government.

Jalalabad - 18 August 2021

1. Various of protesters demonstrating and running; UPSOUND: gunfire

2. SOUNDBITE (Pashto) no name given, protester:

"I am standing here in front of you. You can hit me with 30 bullets, kill me. I will sacrifice my life for this flag, this is my flag. My government will soon be back, God willing."

3. Taliban fighters gathered around vehicle

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Afghanistan Taliban Security
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Summary: Taliban fighters patrol Kabul streets, secure green zone
Story No: 4340051
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Date: 08/18/2021 08:50 AM
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With the Taliban controlling Kabul, residents in the Afghan capital must now pass through a number of check points to get around, including in the formally heavily secured green zone.

A local commander manning a check point said that they were there to prevent looting and to secure embassies and property.

The Taliban have promised a new era of peace and security, saying they will forgive those who fought against them and grant women full rights under Islamic law, without elaborating.

But many Afghans are deeply skeptical of the group, especially those who remember its previous rule, when it imposed a harsh interpretation of Islamic law.

At that time, women were largely confined to their homes, television and music were banned, and suspected criminals were flogged, maimed or executed in public.

The Taliban returned to power last weekend after capturing much of the country in a matter of days, less than three weeks before the US plans to complete its troop withdrawal.

Kabul – 18 August 2021

1. Taliban fighter

2. Various of Taliban check point in Wazir Akbar Khan area

3. Taliban Commander Tayeb greeting locals inside the vehicle

4. Various of Taliban check point

5. SOUNDBITE (Pashto) Tayeb (no surname given), Taliban commander:

"We are 24 hours at the service of our people in District 10 to safeguard the lives and property of our people. We will try our best keep our people happy and we are trying to prevent those who want to disturb and loot our people."

6. Various shots of Taliban patrolling in Wazir Akbar khan area

7. SOUNDBITE (Pashto) Tayeb (no surname given), Taliban commander:

"We have orders from our leaders to safeguard and provide security for the embassies' compounds and properties which are here in this area (Wazir Akbar Khan) and we are following those orders in this area and with the grace of God there hasn't been any problems so far in our area of responsibility."

8. Various of Taliban check point

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Inside Kabul: Taliban Use Military Vehicles, Man Whips Pedestrians on Crowded Street
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Summary: Inside Kabul: Taliban Use Military Vehicles, Man Whips Pedestrians on Crowded Street
Story No: stfl006439
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Date: 08/18/2021 07:01 AM
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Footage shot on August 17 and supplied to Storyful offers a glimpse into life in Afghanistan’s capital Kabul just days after the Taliban regained control of the war-torn Middle East country. In these videos, shot by Gulzar Khan and compiled by Storyful, pick-up trucks with mounted machine guns are seen on streets (00:34). Later, a man can be seen whipping people walking on a crowded street, causing pedestrians to run (04:09). An M1117 armoured vehicle, commonly used by Afghanistan’s military, can be seen parked on a street with an armed man standing nearby (06:34). The Taliban took over Afghanistan’s capital city on August 15, causing many residents to desperately rush to the airport in attempts to leave the country. Credit: Gulzar Khan via Storyful

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Summary: Afghanistan-Taliban Takeover/First Vice President/Statement
Story No: cctv047027
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Date: 08/18/2021 04:06 AM
People: Ashraf Ghani , Zabihullah Mujahid
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Afghan First Vice President Amrullah Saleh said in a Tuesday Twitter post that he is the legitimate caretaker president of the country and is reaching out to all concerned parties to secure their support and consensus. Former Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani left the country on Sunday night while the Taliban forces entered the capital of Kabul and took control of the presidential palace. Regarding the leader absence, Saleh said in the Tuesday post that the constitution of Afghanistan stipulates that "in absence, escape, resignation or death of the President, the first vice president becomes the caretaker president." Saleh added that as the caretaker president, he is currently inside the country and is now fulfilling his duties by reaching out to all parties. Amurullah Saleh previously called on the Afghan people to join the team in fighting off the Taliban.

Afghan First Vice President Amrullah Saleh said in a Tuesday Twitter post that he is the legitimate caretaker president of the country and is reaching out to all concerned parties to secure their support and consensus. Former Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani left the country on Sunday night while the Taliban forces entered the capital of Kabul and took control of the presidential palace. Regarding the leader absence, Saleh said in the Tuesday post that the constitution of Afghanistan stipulates that "in absence, escape, resignation or death of the President, the first vice president becomes the caretaker president." Saleh added that as the caretaker president, he is currently inside the country and is now fulfilling his duties by reaching out to all parties. Amurullah Saleh previously called on the Afghan people to join the team in fighting off the Taliban.

Beijing, China - Aug 18, 2021 (CCTV - No access Chinese mainland)

1. Screenshot of Twitter post of Afghan First Vice-President Amrullah Saleh

Kabul, Afghanistan - Aug 17, 2021 (CCTV - No access Chinese mainland)

2. Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid entering press conference room

3. Various of press conference in progress

Kabul, Afghanistan - Aug 16, 2021 (CCTV - No access Chinese mainland)

4. Various of military vehicles, Taliban members

5. Various of closed stores

6. Various of streets, traffic

Kabul, Afghanistan - Aug 17, 2021 (CCTV - No access Chinese mainland)

7. Various of street

8. Various of market, people

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People: Ashraf Ghani , Zabihullah Mujahid
Organisations: Taliban, China government
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AFGHANISTAN CONFLICT
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Summary: Taliban says will not seek revenge, protect women's rights within Islamic law
Story No: efe029277
Source: Agencia EFE
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Date: 08/18/2021 03:59 AM
People: Zabihullah Mujahid
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Kabul, Aug 17 (EFE/EPA).- The new Taliban leadership that swept to power in Afghanistan has said it would not seek revenge against those who had fought against it and would protect the rights of Afghan women within the rules of Sharia law.Spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid told a Kabul press conference that the Taliban would not “go after” Afghans who had worked for the United States and had pardoned “all those who have fought against us.” (Camera: STRINGER).FOOTAGE SHOT ON AUGUST 17, 2021.SHOT LIST: ZABIHULLAH MUJAHID, TALIBAN SPOKESMAN TALKS WITH JOURNALISTS DURING A PRESS CONFERENCE IN KABUL, AFGHANISTAN

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AFGHANISTAN CONFLICT
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Summary: Large crowds continue to gather outside Kabul's airport
Story No: efe029273
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Date: 08/18/2021 03:09 AM
People: Hamid Karzai , Abdul Ghani Baradar
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Kabul, Aug 17 (EFE/EPA).- Large crowds of people continued to gather outside Kabul's airport on Tuesday, two days after the Taliban seized power following a lightning sweep through Afghanistan.Taliban forces have taken control of Kabul's former 'Green Zone,' the fortified zone of concrete blast walls and checkpoints where diplomatic quarter is situated.The Green Zone fell silent as foreign missions were moved to the airport.Taliban co-founder Abdul Ghani Baradar earlier in the day declared victory and an end to the decades-long war in Afghanistan, a day after the insurgents entered Kabul to take control of the country. (Camera: STRINGER).FOOTAGE SHOT ON AUGUST 17, 2021.SHOT LIST: AFGHANS INCLUDING THOSE WHO WORKED FOR THE US, NATO, EUROPEAN UNION AND THE UNITED NATIONS IN AFGHANISTAN WAIT OUTSIDE THE HAMID KARZAI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT TO FLEE THE COUNTRY, AFTER TALIBAN TOOK CONTROL OF KABUL, AFGHANISTAN.

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People: Hamid Karzai , Abdul Ghani Baradar
Organisations: Taliban
Locations: Kabul , Asia , Central Asia , Afghanistan
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AFGHANISTAN CONFLICT
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Summary: Taliban forces take control of Kabul's former 'Green Zone'
Story No: efe029270
Source: Agencia EFE
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Date: 08/18/2021 01:51 AM
People: Abdul Ghani Baradar
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Kabul, Aug 17 (EFE/EPA).- Taliban forces have taken control of Kabul's former 'Green Zone,' the fortified zone of concrete blast walls and checkpoints where diplomatic quarter is situated.The Green Zone fell silent as foreign missions were moved to the airport.Taliban co-founder Abdul Ghani Baradar earlier in the day declared victory and an end to the decades-long war in Afghanistan, a day after the insurgents entered Kabul to take control of the country. (Camera: STRINGER).SHOT LIST: FOOTAGE SHOT ON AUGUST 17, 2021, SHOWS TALIBAN FIGHTERS STANDING GUARD OUTSIDE THE GREEN ZONE WHERE MOST OF THE EMBASSIES ARE SITUATED AFTER TALIBAN TOOK CONTROL OF KABUL, AFGHANISTAN.

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People: Abdul Ghani Baradar
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Truck Procession Flies Taliban Flags Whilst Driving Through Kabul
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Summary: Truck Procession Flies Taliban Flags Whilst Driving Through Kabul
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Taliban flags were seen flying on a procession of trucks in Kabul on August 17, two days after the Taliban took control of the Afghan capital. Videos captured by @kingkhan_gzk and posted to Instagram show a long line of vehicles flying the white Taliban flag. The Taliban took over Afghanistan’s capital city on August 15, causing many residents to desperately rush to the airport in attempts to leave the country. Credit: @kingkhan_gzk via Storyful

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Afghan workers begin rebuilding damaged road in Kandahar
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Summary: Afghan workers begin rebuilding damaged road in Kandahar
Story No: vrp007754
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Date: 08/18/2021 12:00 AM
People: George W. Bush , Tony Blair , Ashraf Ghani
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Afghan workers began rebuilding a damaged road in Kandahar City days after the Taliban swept into Afghanistan's capital.

Footage from Wednesday morning (August 18) shows engineers overseeing the restoration of a damaged culvert on Kandahar-Herat highway. Traffic started building up in the area as heavy equipment brought in materials for the rebuilding operation.

Taliban forces seized Kabul on August 15, settling into the presidential palace after Afghan President Ashraf Ghani fled the country.

A Taliban spokesman said the war was ‘over’ and that the militants have accomplished their objective or retaking the Middle East country following two decades of western occupation started by former leaders George Bush and Tony Blair.

Mohammad Naeem said: ‘We have reached what we were seeking, which is the freedom of our country and the independence of our people. We will not allow anyone to use our lands to target anyone, and we do not want to harm others.’

Meanwhile, the US State Department said there has been no formal transfer of power from the Afghan government to the Taliban, but declined to say if Ghani was still recognised as Afghanistan’s president.

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People: George W. Bush , Tony Blair , Ashraf Ghani
Organisations: Taliban
Locations: Kandahar , Asia , Central Asia , Afghanistan
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Taliban soldiers work out in presidential palace gym after Kabul takeover
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Summary: Taliban soldiers work out in presidential palace gym after Kabul takeover
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Date: 08/18/2021 12:00 AM
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This is the surreal moment Taliban soldiers reportedly worked out in the presidential palace gym on Tuesday morning (August 17) after their takeover of Kabul, Afghanistan.

The militants appeared to be enjoying themselves while using stationary bicycles, barbells, leg press machines, and other gymequipment in the abandoned facility on August 17.

Taliban forces swept into Kabul on Monday, settling into the presidential palace after Afghan President Ashraf Ghani fled the country.

A Taliban spokesman said the war was ‘over’ and that the militants have accomplished their objective of retaking the Middle East country following two decades of western occupation started by former leaders George Bush and Tony Blair.

Mohammad Naeem said: ‘We have reached what we were seeking, which is the freedom of our country and the independence of our people. We will not allow anyone to use our lands to target anyone, and we do not want to harm others.’

Meanwhile, the US State Department said there has been no formal transfer of power from the Afghan government to the Taliban, but declined to say if Ghani was still recognised as Afghanistan’s president.

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Afghan locals gather near Kabul airport as Taliban guards roam
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Summary: Afghan locals gather near Kabul airport as Taliban guards roam
Story No: vrp007753
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Date: 08/18/2021 12:00 AM
People: Ashraf Ghani , George W. Bush , Tony Blair , Hamid Karzai
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Afghan locals gathered yesterday near the airport in Kabul as Taliban pickup trucks roamed the city.

Aisha Ahmad showed the people crowding beside the wall of Hamid Karzai International Airport on August 17 trying desperately to find a flight out of Afghanistan.

Aisha said: 'Look at the pile of the people next to the airport wall. The Taliban pickups are patrolling around.'

Chaos erupted at the airport earlier this week, when thousands of desperate Afghans scrambled to leave the country after its government collapsed. Scenes of mayhem and panic prompted officials to temporarily close Afghan air space.

Afghanistan evacuation flights have reopened Tuesday (August 17), with U.S. forces taking control of airport security and traffic control, according to the Pentagon.

Taliban forces seized Kabul on August 15, settling into the presidential palace after Afghan President Ashraf Ghani fled the country.

A Taliban spokesman said the war was ‘over’ and that the militants have accomplished their objective or retaking the Middle East country following two decades of western occupation started by former leaders George Bush and Tony Blair.

Mohammad Naeem said: ‘We have reached what we were seeking, which is the freedom of our country and the independence of our people. We will not allow anyone to use our lands to target anyone, and we do not want to harm others.’

Meanwhile, the US State Department said there has been no formal transfer of power from the Afghan government to the Taliban, but declined to say if Ghani was still recognised as Afghanistan’s president.

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People: Ashraf Ghani , George W. Bush , Tony Blair , Hamid Karzai
Organisations: Afghanistan government, Taliban
Locations: Kabul , Asia , Central Asia , Afghanistan
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General views of streets in Kabul, Afghanistan
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Summary: General views of streets in Kabul, Afghanistan
Story No: sth003018
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Date: 08/18/2021 12:00 AM
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This footage was filmed and produced 18 August 2021. Taliban forces entered the capital of Kabul on Aug. 15, effectively ending a 20-year effort by the U.S. and other Western nations to remodel Afghanistan as a modern democracy. Their arrival in the capital sparked panic. Afghans who worked with Western armed forces or agencies rushed to Hamid Karzai International Airport seeking a way out. The video shows a general views of streets in Kabul, Afghanistan.

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Afghan women demand equal rights under Taliban regime
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Summary: Afghan women demand equal rights under Taliban regime
Story No: vrp007749
Source: Viralpress
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Date: 08/18/2021 12:00 AM
People: Zabihullah Mujahid , Ashraf Ghani
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Afghan women in a northern Kabul neighbourhood have taken to the streets on Tuesday to demand equal rights under the Taliban regime.

Footage shows the women gathering in Wazir Akbar Khan in Kabul, holding up signs and chanting protests for women to be allowed participation in governance, politics, and the economy.

Taliban forces seized Kabul on August 15, settling into the presidential palace after Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani fled the country.

In its first press conference since the takeover, on August 17 Taliban war lords vowed to uphold equal rights for women 'within the framework of Islamic law'.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said: 'We are going to allow women to work and study. We have got frameworks, of course. Women are going to be very active in the society but within the framework of Islam.'

Human rights groups fear the return of the draconian policies that were enforced under the previous Taliban regime two decades ago.

The United States called for an 'inclusive and representative' government with women involved.

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Organisations: Taliban
Locations: Asia , Central Asia , Afghanistan , Kabul
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Computers destroyed in U.S. Embassy as diplomats flee from Kabul, Afghanistan
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Summary: Computers destroyed in U.S. Embassy as diplomats flee from Kabul, Afghanistan
Story No: vrp007742
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Date: 08/18/2021 12:00 AM
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Numerous desktop computers and tech equipment were destroyed in the U.S. Embassy in Kabul as diplomats fled Afghanistan a day before the Taliban takeover.

Footage from August 15 shows laptops and desktop computers in the embassy pried open, with their circuitry destroyed. Embassy staffers received a missive to destroy documents and computers containing sensitive information that can be used as propaganda.

Taliban forces seized Kabul on August 16, settling into the presidential palace after Afghan President Ashraf Ghani fled the country.

A Taliban spokesman said the war was ‘over’ and that the militants have accomplished their objective or retaking the Middle East country following two decades of western occupation started by former leaders George Bush and Tony Blair.

Mohammad Naeem said: ‘We have reached what we were seeking, which is the freedom of our country and the independence of our people. We will not allow anyone to use our lands to target anyone, and we do not want to harm others.’

Meanwhile, the US State Department said there has been no formal transfer of power from the Afghan government to the Taliban, but declined to say if Ghani was still recognised as Afghanistan's president.

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Kandahar locals welcome Taliban delegation from Doha, Qatar
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Summary: Kandahar locals welcome Taliban delegation from Doha, Qatar
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Date: 08/18/2021 12:00 AM
People: Abdul Ghani Baradar , Donald Trump
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Locals in Kandahar welcomed the Taliban's political chief and his delegation from Doha, Qatar as they arrived in the city on August 17.

Taliban co-founder Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar and his entourage received a warm welcome, with people waving and cheering 'Allahu Akbar.'

Baradar, following the Taliban's seizure of Kabul on August 15, had issued a statement on social media saying the militant group has still has much work to do.

He said: 'Now it is time to test and prove, now we have to show that we can serve our nation and ensure security and comfort of life.'

Baradar had previously been arrested in Karachi City in Pakistan in 2010, but was released in 2018 under the Doha agreement signed during former U.S. President Donald Trump's term. The deal included the gradual pullout of U.S. forces from Afghanistan in 14 months in exchange for a ceasefire.

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Organisations: Taliban
Locations: Kandahar , Doha , Middle East , Qatar , Asia , Central Asia , Afghanistan
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Kabul stalls business as usual after Taliban takeover
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Summary: Kabul stalls business as usual after Taliban takeover
Story No: vrp007752
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Date: 08/18/2021 12:00 AM
People: Ashraf Ghani , George W. Bush , Tony Blair
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Stalls and establishments remained open at night as Afghan locals tried to resume normal life in Kabul, Afghanistan, which is now under Taliban rule.

In what appeared to be a picture of normalcy, the streets of Kabul were bustling with activity days after the Taliban takeover of the Afghan capital. Several establishments and stalls were open while vehicles drove by on August 17.

Taliban forces seized Kabul on August 15, settling into the presidential palace after Afghan President Ashraf Ghani fled the country.

A Taliban spokesman said the war was ‘over’ and that the militants have accomplished their objective or retaking the Middle East country following two decades of western occupation started by former leaders George Bush and Tony Blair.

Mohammad Naeem said: ‘We have reached what we were seeking, which is the freedom of our country and the independence of our people. We will not allow anyone to use our lands to target anyone, and we do not want to harm others.’

Meanwhile, the US State Department said there has been no formal transfer of power from the Afghan government to the Taliban, but declined to say if Ghani was still recognised as Afghanistan’s president.

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Afghanistan Kabul Flag
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Summary: Lowering of the Afghan flag in Kabul
Story No: 4339748
Source: ASSOCIATED PRESS
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Date: 08/16/2021 11:14 AM
People: Ashraf Ghani
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The flag of Afghanistan was lowered in Kabul on Monday after the Taliban overthrew the Western-backed government in the capital.

The Taliban swept into Kabul on Sunday after President Ashraf Ghani fled the country, bringing a stunning end to a two-decade campaign in which the U.S. and its allies had tried to transform Afghanistan.

The country's Western-trained security forces collapsed or fled in the face of an insurgent offensive that tore through the country in just over a week, ahead of the planned withdrawal of the last American troops at the end of the month.

In the capital, a tense calm set in, with most people hiding in their homes as the Taliban deployed fighters at major intersections.

Many fear chaos, after the Taliban freed thousands of prisoners and the police simply melted away, or a return to the kind of brutal rule the Taliban imposed when it was last in power.

They raced to Kabul's international airport, where the “civilian side” was closed until further notice, according to Afghanistan’s Civil Aviation Authority. The military was put in control of the airspace.

The speed of the Taliban offensive through the country appears to have stunned American officials. Just days before the insurgents entered Kabul with little if any resistance, a U.S. military assessment predicted it could take months for the capital to fall.

The rout threatened to erase 20 years of Western efforts to remake Afghanistan that saw more than 3,500 U.S. and allied troops killed as well as tens of thousands of Afghans.

The initial invasion drove the Taliban from power and scattered al-Qaida, which had planned the 9/11 attacks while being sheltered in Afghanistan.

Many had hoped the Western-backed Afghan government would usher in a new era of peace and respect for human rights.

Kabul, Wazir Akbar Khan Hill - 16 August 2021

1. Wide of Afghanistan flag being lowered

2. Wide of vehicles driving through street

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Organisations: Taliban
Locations: Middle East , Kabul , Asia , Central Asia , Afghanistan , Oceania , North America , United States
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UAE Afghanistan Debrief
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Summary: AP analysis of the successful Taliban return to power
Story No: 4339746
Source: ASSOCIATED PRESS
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Date: 08/16/2021 11:07 AM
People: Ashraf Ghani , Hamid Karzai
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The Taliban pushed into Kabul on Sunday as U.S.-backed and funded Afghan security forces and police all but melted away.

It follows the Taliban's takeover of other cities and provinces across the country over the past weeks as the U.S. withdraws its forces and exits the country.

Although people were told to stay indoors, many rushed to ATMS to withdraw their savings.

Thousands also swarmed Kabul's international airport to try and leave the country.

U.S. helicopters circled over the U.S. embassy on Sunday as thousands of American troops were sent in to secure diplomatic evacuation efforts.

The Taliban, meanwhile, roamed the streets of Kabul as their leaders promised an "open, inclusive Islamic government".

The Taliban are now in control of the presidential palace following the exile of U.S.-backed President Ashraf Ghani, who fled Afghanistan by plane to an unknown location.

Dubai - 16 August 2021

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1. SOUNDBITE (English) Aya Batrawy, Associated Press Gulf correspondent:

"So what we saw on Sunday happening is that the capital of Afghanistan, Kabul, was overtaken by the Taliban - just as they had taken over other provincial capitals across the country over the past several weeks. People were told to stay home, but in the morning, there was a mad rush on ATMs for people to try and withdraw their savings and at the Kabul International Airport with people, thousands of people, trying to evacuate and get on flights out of the country. We saw U.S. military helicopters flying over the U.S. embassy to evacuate personnel as smoke was rising, as documents and sensitive material was being burned and destroyed. We have seen now in Kabul the Taliban roaming the streets with their black and white flag. They are promising an open and inclusive Islamic government, but that has left many residents of Kabul and across the country concerned. The Taliban ruled over Afghanistan for five years until 2001, and they harboured al-Qaida. Their rule was ghastly, and it was harsh and there are many concerns that the rights of women over the past 20 years could be rolled back in an instant."

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2. SOUNDBITE (English) Aya Batrawy, Associated Press Gulf correspondent:

"What we're seeing now are scenes of utter chaos at Kabul's international Airport where commercial civilian flights have all but halted. What we're seeing now are evacuation flights taking place for military personnel, for diplomatic personnel and for those with special visas. The rush at the airport comes because nobody expected the Taliban to take over Kabul as swiftly as it did in the span of just one day. There were presumptions that the Taliban would eventually make its way to Kabul, but it was not expected that their blitz would happen so quickly and so swiftly and with so little resistance after the billions of dollars spent by the United States and its allies to beef up and build up Afghanistan's national army and police forces. Right now, (what) the city of Kabul is seeing are the Taliban standing in place of the police that have all but melted away. They've also entered the presidential palace where the U.S. backed President Ashraf Ghani has fled the country and left his office empty, and the Taliban now are seated there."

++BLACK FRAMES++

3. SOUNDBITE (English) Aya Batrawy, Associated Press Gulf correspondent:

"What happens next in Afghanistan remains unclear. The Taliban say that they are in negotiations for a peaceful and formal transfer of power. Negotiations on the Afghan government side include former long-time President Hamid Karzai who released a video with his three young daughters in a garden urging calm and telling people that there are peaceful negotiations taking place with the Taliban. But that still has left little comfort to the minds of many Afghans who remember Taliban rule and who have lived under Taliban rule and who have already seen and reported scenes of civilians being shot dead, women being lashed for wearing revealing shoes, of women being told to not to attend university and other provincial capitals where the Taliban is already in control and has taken control over the past several weeks and months."

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Afghanistan-Taliban Takeover/President
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Summary: Afghanistan-Taliban Takeover/President
Story No: cctv046990
Source: China Central Television (CCTV) , China Global Television Network (CGTN)
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Date: 08/16/2021 09:07 AM
People: Ashraf Ghani
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The Taliban forces entered the capital of Kabul and took control of the presidential palace, as Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani left the country on the evening of August 15. Ghani confirmed his leaving of the capital on his Facebook page late on August 15, saying the move was to prevent bloodshed. "If there were still countless countrymen martyred and they would face the destruction of Kabul city, the result would have been a big human disaster in the city," Ghani said. Ghani did not mention his current location in the Facebook post. Muhammad Naeem, a spokesman for the Taliban's political office in Qatar's capital Doha, stressed on Sunday evening that there is no danger to embassies, diplomatic missions and foreign nationals in the Afghan capital Kabul, adding that Taliban will maintain security across the country. A local guest reporter of the China Central Television (CCTV) said that the overall situation in the Afghan capital remained calm on Sunday after the Taliban reached Kabul and the Kabul Airport was later closed to civilians. Though the Taliban and the government have pledged that "no one's life, property and dignity will be harmed and the lives of the citizens of Kabul will not be at risk," many local residents still felt worried, the reporter said

The Taliban forces entered the capital of Kabul and took control of the presidential palace, as Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani left the country on the evening of August 15. Ghani confirmed his leaving of the capital on his Facebook page late on August 15, saying the move was to prevent bloodshed. "If there were still countless countrymen martyred and they would face the destruction of Kabul city, the result would have been a big human disaster in the city," Ghani said. Ghani did not mention his current location in the Facebook post. Muhammad Naeem, a spokesman for the Taliban's political office in Qatar's capital Doha, stressed on Sunday evening that there is no danger to embassies, diplomatic missions and foreign nationals in the Afghan capital Kabul, adding that Taliban will maintain security across the country. A local guest reporter of the China Central Television (CCTV) said that the overall situation in the Afghan capital remained calm on Sunday after the Taliban reached Kabul and the Kabul Airport was later closed to civilians. Though the Taliban and the government have pledged that "no one's life, property and dignity will be harmed and the lives of the citizens of Kabul will not be at risk," many local residents still felt worried, the reporter said

Kabul, Afghanistan - Aug 16, 2021 (CCTV - No access Chinese mainland)

1. Buildings, shops besides street, pedestrians

2. Various of traffic, pedestrians viewed in driving vehicle

Beijing, China - Aug 16, 2021 (CGTN - No access Chinese mainland)

3. Screenshot of Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani's post on social media

Kabul, Afghanistan - Aug 15, 2021 (CCTV - No access Chinese mainland)

4. Various of roadside shops, residents, road traffic in evening viewed in driving vehicle

Kabul, Afghanistan - Aug 10, 2021 (CGTN - No access Chinese mainland)

5. Various of pedestrians, traffic

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Subjects: Government and politics , International relations , Embassies , Media , Online media , Social media
People: Ashraf Ghani
Organisations: Afghanistan government, Taliban, China government
Locations: Aug-Radisch , Styria , Austria
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Afghanistan Kabul Morning
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Summary: Morning view over Kabul under Taliban rule
Story No: 4339723
Source: ASSOCIATED PRESS
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Date: 08/16/2021 09:05 AM
People: Ashraf Ghani
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The Taliban patrolled the Afghan capital and tried to project calm on Monday after toppling the Western-backed government.

In Kabul, a tense calm set in, with most people hiding in their homes.

There were scattered reports of looting and armed men knocking on doors and gates.

The Taliban seized all of the military and governmental establishments and patrolled the city as thousands of Afghans are trying to flee the country.

The Taliban swept into Kabul on Sunday after President Ashraf Ghani fled the country, bringing a stunning end to a two-decade campaign in which the U.S. and its allies had tried to transform Afghanistan.

The country's Western-trained security forces collapsed in a matter of days, even before the withdrawal of the last U.S. troops.

Kabul - 16 August 2021

1. Various of central Kabul, overlooking the presidential palace

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People: Ashraf Ghani
Organisations: Taliban
Locations: Middle East , Oceania , Asia , Central Asia , Afghanistan , Kabul
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AF Crowded Kabul Airport
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Summary: Afghanistan: Thousands Flock To Kabul Airport To Flee Taliban Movement
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Source: Spectee
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Date: 08/16/2021 08:30 AM
People: Ashraf Ghani , Hamid Karzai
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RESTRICTIONS AND USAGE TERMS: Please credit “@imlutfullah via Spectee”. Please Note this material is supplied by Spectee for the purpose of licensing to AP customers. This content is not produced or verified by the Associated Press. ******************************************************************* NOTE: looped video Video Location: Square l, Near Kabul Airport, Afghanistan Video Recording Date/Time: August 16, 2021 It is chaotic at Kabul Airport at the moment as people are rushing to flee Afghanistan after Taliban militants took power. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani fled the country on Sunday evening. A video posted on social video shows streets near the airport filled with people and cars trying to reach the terminal.

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Afghanistan Kabul Taliban Fighters
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Summary: Taliban fighters take over security posts across Kabul
Story No: 4339716
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Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Date: 08/16/2021 08:24 AM
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Taliban fighters took over security posts across Kabul on Monday after sweeping the city on Sunday night.

The Taliban seized all of the military and governmental establishments and patrolled the city as thousands of Afghans are trying to flee the country.

The Taliban swept into Afghanistan's capital Sunday after the government collapsed and the embattled president joined an exodus of his fellow citizens and foreigners, signaling the end of a costly two-decade U.S. campaign to remake the country.

Heavily armed Taliban fighters fanned out across the capital and several were seen searching vehicles in Zambaq Square, an important zone leading to many Afghan government ministries and the presidential palace.

Kabul – 16 August 2021

1. Taliban forces searching a vehicle at check point leading to Afghan Foreign ministry

2. Car passing through check point

3. Armed Taliban fighter

4. Traffic

5. Various of Taliban fighters

6. SOUNDBITE (Dari) Kabul resident, Wahidullah Qadiri:

"We have been in war for over 40 years. We haven't seen anything but disaster and fighting. We always live with hope for a long-lasting peace so that there is no more killing and fighting. I have lost two of my brothers and my cousin in this war, therefore I want peace."

7. Tilt up of armed Taliban fighter

8. Various of Taliban fighters searching vehicle

9. Tracking shot of Taliban fighters in police vehicles

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Organisations: Taliban
Locations: Asia , Central Asia , Afghanistan , Kabul , Oceania , Middle East
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