Reports from MSNBC said that the takeover of Afghanistan by the Taliban as American and allied forces flee the area has been "relatively peaceful."
Ali Arouzi said "The country is essentially now in the hands of the Taliban for all intents and purposes. They've taken over Kabul. The president, or should I right now say the former president of Afghanistan, has fled the country."
"The Taliban has taken over the presidential palace. They've renamed the country the Islamic Emirates, they've taken down the Afghan flag, and hoisted up their own colors. And it's been a relatively peaceful, if you like, process," Arouzi said.
"They haven't had to fire a lot of shots, there hasn't been a lot of bloodshed in Kabul, it was a pretty straightforward takeover for them. They've also taken over the airport. There's been reports of shots fired at the airport, and Taliban fighters are all over the place," Arouzi reported.
"But they're not in any sort of clashes with US personnel," he said, "although, commercial flights have so far been suspended, military evacuation flights are still taking place. And I think from what we understand right now, most of the US personnel are at the airport now, trying to get on to various evacuation flights out of the country, with very few security personnel left at the embassy, burning what's left of sensitive paperwork."
This comes as additional reporting from Ahmer Khan shows gunfire at the airport, with people running all over the place, and the Wall Street Journal reports that three are dead at that airport as people try to escape the country.
The White House remained essentially silent over the weekend as situation in Afghanistan unfolded, and the Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Mark Milley said that the timeline for the resumption of terrorist activity in that nation would be sooner than he initially anticipated.
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