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Afghan President has fled the country as the taliban Takes over

It’s been an extraordinarily dramatic 24 hours in Afghanistan as the Taliban has taken over the capital, Kabul, essentially sweeping to power in the country. They have yet officially declared victory and that they are now in control of the nation, but it is considered only a matter of time before that happens.

The Guardian US team is now handing over this live blog to our terrific colleagues in Australia, who will keep it running and continue to bring you all the developments promptly.

It has been reported that the extremist insurgency was about to formally declare, from the captured presidential palace in Kabul following the escape of Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani, that the country would henceforth be known as the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan.

This is the title the country was given during the previous control by the Taliban before they were ousted in late 2001 by US-led forces following the terrorist attacks on the US, which were masterminded from the country by Islamist fundamentalist group Al Qaida, led by Osama Bin Laden. An emirate refers to land or a reign by an emir, a Muslim religious military commander, chief or ruler.

US president Joe Biden has not made any public comments so far today but is expected to address the American public and the world in the next few days.

The British prime minister Boris Johnson gave a TV interview earlier and said the Taliban should not be recognized as holding power in Afghanistan and that the country must not once again become a “breeding ground” for global terrorism.

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