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The Taliban* managed to take over the country in the last few days, seizing one provincial capital after another and surrounding Kabul. After brief negotiations, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani resigned and left the country, while the Taliban entered the capital on Sunday, declaring that the 20-year-long war had ended.
Sputnik is live from Arlington, Virginia, where Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby is holding a briefing concerning the situation in Afghanistan after the country was taken over by the Taliban.
Previously, Washington announced that at least 1,000 extra troops would be sent to the Afghan capital in order to restore security at Kabul Airport.
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*The Taliban is a terrorist organisation banned in Russia and many other countries.