During the four-day period, the Taliban* has consolidated control over much of the country including the capital Kabul, triggering a panic, as illustrated by televised images of thousands of Afghans storming the airport seeking seats on US evacuation flights.
Sputnik is live from the Kabul airport as efforts to evacuate foreign nationals and Afghans wishing to leave following the Taliban takeover continue.
The evacuations were complicated by crowds of people who rushed to the airport in an attempt to leave the country. Taliban militants fired shots into the air to disperse crowds.
Earlier, US President Joe Biden acknowledged that the country had been captured quickly and that, if needed, US forces would be staying past the 31 August deadline to evacuate all Americans.
Kabul was seized by the Taliban without a fight on Sunday, as President Ashraf Ghani announced his resignation and left the country. Numerous countries chose to evacuate their citizens and diplomatic personnel from Afghanistan due to the precarious security situation.
Follow Sputnik’s feed to find out more.