Taliban in Kabul, ‘towards a transitional government’

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– ROME, AUG 15 – The Taliban military offensive in Afghanistan has entered the capital Kabul, where residents reported shooting and fighting this morning, despite the Islamic Emirate having ordered all its forces not to enter . The order is to “wait at the gates of the city, without entering”, Zabihullah Mujahid, the spokesman for the Taliban, wrote on Twitter. The insurgents have stopped on the outskirts of the city and claim they do not want to take the capital “by force”. And Taliban negotiators have reached the presidential palace to achieve a peaceful transfer of power. A transition that the interim Afghan Interior Minister, Abdul Sattar Mirzakwal, confirmed, assuring that the capital will not be attacked and that there will be a “peaceful transfer of power to a transitional government”. According to diplomatic sources cited by the international media, it will be the former Afghan Interior Minister and former Ambassador to Germany Ali Ahmad Jalali, who will lead the transitional government after the resignation of President Ashraf Ghani. The Taliban also claimed control of the Bagram air base and prison on the outskirts of Kabul.

Meanwhile, according to what has been learned, the operations for the return to Italy of the personnel of the embassy in Kabul and of the compatriots present in Afghanistan began this morning. The departure of the flight is scheduled for 21.30 local time. Yesterday the appeal of the Farnesina via an email sent to the Italians present in Afghanistan to return to Italy via the flight made available by the Air Force.