Leila Fadel, Noel King, Minna Llamas discussed on Morning Edition

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Servers from data loss due to crashes and ransomware at I drive dot com slash NPR. 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 had it covers Afghanistan and is with us now idea. Hi then oil, so this story is developing as we speak what is happening in Afghanistan? Right. It's moving fairly quickly. Over the weekend, the Taliban overran much of the northeastern province of Badakshan and dozens of Afghan troops fled for neighbouring to GQ, Stan A reporter shed footage of people rushing into an airplane in the provincial capital. He said they were officials scrambling to escape to Kabul and that's because the Afghan capital is seen as the safest place the country because it's the most heavily defended. And all of this comes in the context. The Taliban are moving faster than expected. No well since May, they've captured at least a quarter of the country. They control large damn near Afghanistan's tiny border with China. Have seized one border crossing, and they're fighting to hold more Taliban loyalists sharing videos of themselves overrunning these areas and videos of themselves, seizing Afghan military equipment that's been abandoned by fleeing forces. That, of course, is for the upcoming battles. But the videos in particular have helped create this perception that they're unstoppable and that perception is important Moral appears to be collapsing, particularly among Afghan forces in the north. Okay, so a very serious situation. People you said are trying to get to Kabul because it is safe or, at the very least, it is safer. 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 though, is 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 Minna Llamas roared, and he says he doesn't think Kabul will fall anytime soon. But he says, sure outside the capital, People are terrified of Afghanistan. And another woman she gives her name is Rabia. She imports clothes from Turkey, and she tells NPR she's closing down. I'm leaving the country played business while bumping.

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