Taliban enter Kabul outskirts as US evacuates embassy

Taliban fighters entered the outskirts of Afghanistan’s capital Kabul from all sides on Sunday as terrified workers fled government offices and helicopters began landing at the US embassy in the Afghan capital, which it further tightened the militants’ control over the country. Follow our live blog for the latest news.

Taliban fighters were in the Kalakan, Qarabagh and Paghman districts on Sunday, three Afghan officials told the AP. The militants have vowed not to take the capital “by force” as sporadic shots are heard in the capital.

Early Sunday, the Taliban seized the key eastern city of Jalalabad, just hours after seizing the northern anti-Taliban stronghold of Mazar-i-Sharif, leaving Kabul as the last besieged position for government forces.

The Taliban have defeated, co-opted or sent Afghan security forces fleeing wide swaths of the country, including with some air support from the US military in a nationwide offensive that has lasted just over a week.

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