Afghans flee Kabul with suitcases as Taliban takes control

Hundreds of Afghans fled with their suitcases as the Taliban took control of Afghanistan’s capital city of Kabul. Footage shows civilians carrying their luggage and walking on an open road leaving Kabul on August 15. Taliban forces seized Kabul on August 16, settling into the presidential palace after Afghan President Ashraf Ghani fled the country. A Taliban spokesman said the war was ‘over’ and that the militants have accomplished their objective or retaking the Middle East country following two decades of western occupation started by former leaders George Bush and Tony Blair. Mohammad Naeem said: ‘We have reached what we were seeking, which is the freedom of our country and the independence of our people. We will not allow anyone to use our lands to target anyone, and we do not want to harm others.’