Afghanistan: In pictures: Kabul - a day after Taliban takeover

Tuesday - 17/08/2021 08:37
The Taliban are establishing themselves after sweeping into Kabul unopposed on Sunday.

Taliban fighters are seen on the back of a vehicle in Kabul, Afghanistan, on 16 August
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Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has fled the country, reportedly to Uzbekistan.

Here are pictures from the capital on Monday.
 

A Taliban fighter poses for a photograph in Kabul, Afghanistan, 16 August 2021
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Life appears to be normal in the city centre, says the BBC's Malik Mudassir.

There is a lot less traffic, most of the shops are closed. But people look much calmer.
 

Members of the Taliban stand in a checkpoint in Kabul, Afghanistan, 16 August 2021
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At the international airport, though, scenes were catastrophic, said our correspondent.

 
Thousands of Afghans rush to the Hamid Karzai International Airport as they try to flee the Afghan capital of Kabul, Afghanistan, on 16 August 2021
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People struggle to cross the boundary wall of Hamid Karzai International Airport to flee Afghanistan on 16 August 2021
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People climbing on to plane at Kabul airport
Afghan people climb atop a plane as they wait at the Kabul airport on 16 August 2021
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There are currently 2,500 American troops at the airport, with an additional 500 arriving in the coming hours, said Pentagon spokesman John Kirby.

US troops - seen below - are still "working to re-establish security", the spokesman said, as the Pentagon announced a pause in flights.
 

A US soldier points his gun towards an Afghan passenger at the Kabul airport in Kabul on 16 August 2021
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Footage shared on social media appears to show Afghan civilians clinging to the side of a US military aircraft as it prepares to take off.
 

People trying to board USAF aeroplane at Kabul airport
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Amnesty International has called on the international community to act "decisively to avert further tragedy".

"What we are witnessing in Afghanistan is a tragedy that should have been foreseen and averted," said the organisation's secretary general, Agnes Callamard.
 

Afghan people sit on the tarmac as they wait to leave the Kabul airport in Kabul on 16 August 2021
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