Taliban Commander Abdul Ghani Baradar has been named the new President of Afghanistan after Afghan President Ashraf Ghani escaped to Tajikistan and Taliban fighters took command of the presidential palace in Kabul on the middle night of August 15 and 16, 2021.
Afghanistan has also been renamed the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. The Taliban issued a statement saying, “This is a takeover and no interim arrangement.” “We require all commissions to stay and we assure them that they are safe here.”
The Taliban urged Afghan citizens not to come out of their homes or leave the country. The US-led NATO forces are however in command of the Hamid Karzai Airport in Kabul and it is being practised by nations to leave their citizens.
The Afghanistan government failed on August 15, 2021, after Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani escaped to Tajikistan and Afghan military troops abandoned the capital city, Kabul. Taliban commander Abdul Ghani Baradar is expected to be the new President of Afghanistan.
Ghani said in a comment after his escape, “In order to avoid the bloodshed, I thought it was best to get out.” He also stated in a statement on Facebook, “The Taliban have won with the judgement of their weapons and guns, and are now held for the honour, property and self-preservation of their countrymen.”
This was accompanied by complete chaos in Kabul with shots appearing in the Kabul airport amidst attempts by other countries to leave their citizens from Afghanistan.