Afghanistan News Links 14-15 August 2021

15 August 2021 • 21:45 — The New Dark Age

There may be some duplication due to cross-posting and may be updated throughout the day, so please check back

Taliban Officials Interviewed At Afghan Presidential Palace Following Reports Of Explosions In Kabul (Videos, Photos)
https://southfront.org/taliban-officials-interviewed-at-afghan-presidential-palace-following-reports-of-explosions-in-kabul-videos-photos/

Afghanistan’s Ghani claims he resigned to prevent Taliban slaughter in Kabul as BLASTS reported at palace & abandoned US embassy
https://www.rt.com/news/532122-ghani-resignation-taliban-kabul-explosions/

Taliban enter presidential palace in Kabul after Afghan president leaves country, say NO transitional government on the table
https://www.rt.com/news/532111-taliban-presidential-palace-kabul/

Afghanistan’s Ghani claims he resigned to prevent Taliban slaughter in Kabul as BLASTS reported at palace & abandoned US embassy
https://www.rt.com/news/532122-ghani-resignation-taliban-kabul-explosions/

Taliban Takes Over Presidential Palace In Kabul As Chaos Continue In Capital Airport (Videos, Photos)
https://southfront.org/taliban-takes-over-presidential-palace-in-kabul-as-chaos-continue-in-capital-airport-videos-photos/

Military Situation In Afghanistan On August 15, 2021 (Map Update)
https://southfront.org/military-situation-in-afghanistan-on-august-15-2021-map-update/

Taliban ‘enter presidential palace’ in Kabul after Afghan president leaves country, say NO transitional government on the table
https://www.rt.com/news/532111-taliban-presidential-palace-kabul/

Ex-Afghani President Now In Dushanbe, As Ex-Afghani Army Transfers Positions To Taliban In Kabul
https://southfront.org/ex-afghani-president-now-in-dushanbe-as-ex-afghani-army-transfers-positions-to-taliban-in-kabul/

Taliban’s takeover of Kabul prompts UK’s Johnson to convene urgent COBRA meeting & ask parliament to end summer holiday
https://www.rt.com/news/532108-taliban-kabul-johnson-parliament/

Taliban Says Its Fighters Will Enter Kabul To ‘Prevent Chaos and Theft’ While Blinkin Claims US Intervention Was ‘Successful’
https://southfront.org/taliban-says-its-fighters-will-enter-kabul-to-prevent-chaos-and-theft-while-blinkin-claims-us-intervention-was-successful/

With Kabul about to surrender to Taliban, NATO & US talk of ‘finding political solution’ & of women’s rights in Afghanistan
https://www.rt.com/news/532106-afghanistan-political-solution-nato/

No one wants Afghanistan to become breeding ground for terror – PM
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-58224383

Will Taliban take country back to past, asks John Simpson
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-58224559

Taliban move into Kabul as Afghan government collapses
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-58223231

Afghanistan: People flee Kabul as Taliban overrun cities
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-58225187

Taliban entered into Kabul
http://thesaker.is/taliban-entered-into-kabul/

Afghanistan on the brink of Taliban takeover
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-58222066

Afghanistan: Taliban spokesman Suhail Shaheen calls the BBC – interview in full
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-58223530

Ashraf Ghani and the Fate of Afghanistan
by Yanis Iqbal
Taliban have entered the outskirts of Kabul. What would be the future of Ashraf Ghani and Afghanistan? How will a smooth transfer of power take place?

https://countercurrents.org/2021/08/ashraf-ghani-and-the-fate-of-afghanistan/

What starts in Afghanistan does not stay in Afghanistan: China, India, and Iran grapple with the fallout
by Dr James M Dorsey
Taliban advances in Afghanistan shift the Central Asian playing field on which China, India and the United States compete with rival infrastructure-driven approaches. At first glance, a Taliban takeover of Kabul would give China a 2:0 advantage against the US and India, but that could prove to be a shaky head start.

https://countercurrents.org/2021/08/what-starts-in-afghanistan-does-not-stay-in-afghanistan-china-india-and-iran-grapple-with-the-fallout/

A Taste of Panic: The Taliban Continues its Advance
by Dr Binoy Kampmark
The historical vectors are moving with conviction and purpose; the weak and lacking in conviction are in retreat and the gun is doing the talking.  The government of Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, the security services and the Afghan National Army, seem to be either huddled in despair, capitulating or fleeing before the inexorable advance of the Taliban.  They have the upper hand, the cards, the means, storming through and winning half of the country.

A Taste of Panic: The Taliban Continues its Advance

President Ghani leaves Afghanistan, top official confirms, as US-backed govt relinquishes power to Taliban
https://www.rt.com/news/532104-ghani-left-afghanistan/

Counter-Insurgency Warplanes Purchased By The US Join ‘Taliban Air Force’ (Photos)
https://southfront.org/counter-insurgency-warplanes-purchased-by-the-us-join-taliban-air-force-photos/

Afghanistan on the brink of Taliban takeover
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-58222066

US Embassy Staff Flee Kabul As The Taliban Takes Control
https://popularresistance.org/us-embassy-staff-flee-kabul-as-the-taliban-takes-control/

Taliban spokesman tells BBC they are ‘awaiting a peaceful transfer of power’
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-58220305

Taliban vows to respect rights of Afghan women, will allow access to work & education provided hijabs are worn – spokesman
https://www.rt.com/news/532096-taliban-respect-womens-rights-hijab-afghansitan/

What Starts In Afghanistan Does Not Stay In Afghanistan: China, India, And Iran Grapple With The Fallout
https://southfront.org/what-starts-in-afghanistan-does-not-stay-in-afghanistan-china-india-and-iran-grapple-with-the-fallout/

BREAKING: Ghani Resigned, Mass Fleeing Of Afghan Top Officials
https://southfront.org/breaking-ghani-resigned-mass-fleeing-of-afghan-top-officials/

Taliban in talks with Afghan govt over ‘peaceful surrender’ after launching offensive on capital Kabul
https://www.rt.com/news/532086-taliban-attacks-kabul/

BREAKING: Ghani Resigned, Mass Fleeing Of Afghan Top Officials
https://southfront.org/breaking-ghani-resigned-mass-fleeing-of-afghan-top-officials/

Afghanistan – Taliban Enter Kabul – Will Announce Interim Government
https://www.moonofalabama.org/2021/08/afghanistan-taliban-enter-kabul-will-announce-interim-government.html

Taliban air force clear for takeoff? Militants show off captured aircraft as fighting approaches Kabul outskirts (VIDEOS)
https://www.rt.com/news/532057-taliban-afghanistan-aircraft-captured/

Taliban’s Leader Came To Kabul To Get Power Over Afghanistan (Videos)
https://southfront.org/talibans-leader-came-to-kabul-to-get-power-over-afghanistan-videos/

Afghanistan – Taliban Enter Kabul – Will Announce Interim Government
https://www.moonofalabama.org/2021/08/afghanistan-taliban-enter-kabul-will-announce-interim-government.html

Afghanistan: UK has abandoned Afghan people, says senior MP

Taliban in talks with Afghan govt over ‘peaceful surrender’ after launching offensive on capital Kabul
https://www.rt.com/news/532086-taliban-attacks-kabul/

Taliban Reached Kabul, Asked For Surrender Of Afghanistan’s Capital
https://southfront.org/taliban-reached-kabul-asked-for-surrender-of-afghanistans-capital/

VIDEOS show Taliban fighters lounging in luxurious ex-home of US-backed warlord as pundits blame grift for collapse of Afghan army
https://www.rt.com/news/532084-afghanistan-dostum-home-taliban-videos/

Taliban militants begin offensive on Afghan capital Kabul
https://www.rt.com/news/532086-taliban-attacks-kabul/

Taliban take Jalalabad without fight, leaving Afghan government encircled in Kabul
https://www.rt.com/news/532081-taliban-afghanistan-jalalabad-kabul/

Taliban air force clear for takeoff? Militants show off captured aircraft as fighting approaches Kabul outskirts (VIDEOS)
https://www.rt.com/news/532057-taliban-afghanistan-aircraft-captured/

Taliban captures Mazar-i-Sharif, last major government stronghold in Afghanistan’s north
https://www.rt.com/news/532068-taliban-captures-mazar-sharif/

Afghanistan – Taliban Make New Peace Offer And Other Bits
https://www.moonofalabama.org/2021/08/afghanistan-taliban-make-new-peace-offer-and-other-bits.html

UK scholarships for Afghan students paused
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-58219114

A Taste of Panic: The Taliban Continues its Advance
https://dissidentvoice.org/2021/08/a-taste-of-panic-the-taliban-continues-its-advance/

OK, I Might As Well Say It.
https://smoothiex12.blogspot.com/2021/08/ok-i-might-as-well-say-it.html

Afghanistan News Links 13-14 August 2021
https://williambowles.info/2021/08/14/afghanistan-news-links-13-14-august-2021/

Afghanistan in serious danger – President Ghani
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-58213300

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