Leila Fadel, Noel King, Afghanistan discussed on Morning Edition

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This is morning edition from NPR News. I'm Leila Fadel in Culver City, California and I'm Noel King in Washington, D. C. The Taliban are overrunning districts in Afghanistan Last week, you'll remember U. S forces withdrew from Bagram Air Base, which effectively ended 20 years of American involvement in Afghanistan. NPR's DEA Hadid covers Afghanistan and is with us now idea. Hi then oil, so this story is developing as we speak what is happening in Afghanistan Just over the weekend, the Taliban overran much of the northeastern province of Badakshan and dozens of Afghan troops fled for neighbouring Tajikistan. A reporter shared footage of people rushing into an airplane in the provincial capital. He said there were officials scrambling to escape Kabul. And that's because the Afghan capital is seen as the safest place in the country. It's the most heavily defended. So all this comes in a context the Taliban are moving faster than expected. Since May, they've captured at least a quarter of the country. They control a large dam there. Nearly at Afghanistan's tiny border with China. They seize one border crossing, and they're fighting to hold more. Taliban loyalists, even sharing videos of themselves overrunning these areas, and they're sharing videos as they says Afghan military equipment that's been abandoned by fleeing forces its photo for upcoming battles, of course, But the videos in particular have helped create this sense that they're unstoppable and that perception is important Morale appears to be collapsing, particularly among Afghan forces in the north. Okay, so a very serious situation people use Or what are people in the capital, saying, though So I mean, there's a lot of mixed opinions and it's all a bit surreal. You have to remember that in Kabul life is continuing as normal. There's traffic jams. Shops are open. What does stick out those that there are thousands of people rushing to apply for passports? Producer in Kabul? Haga honey spoke to three people there this morning. And what is a university professor and many llamas roar and he says he doesn't think hobble will fall anytime soon. But he says, sure, outside the capital. People are terrified in.

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