It was indistinct if the Asadabad losses came about because of Taliban terminating or from a rush.

“Hundreds of people came out on the streets,” witness Mohammed Salim said. “At first I was scared and didn’t want to go, but when I saw one of my neighbours joined in, I took out the flag I have at home. Several people were killed and injured in the stampede and firing by the Taliban.”

Fights erupted in the city of Jalalabad and in Paktia territory, additionally in the east.

First Vice President Amrullah Saleh, who said on Tuesday he was the “legitimate caretaker president” after President Ashraf Ghani fled, wrote on Twitter: “Salute those who carry the national flag and thus stand for dignity of the nation.”

Ahmad Massoud, child of guerrilla pioneer Ahmad Shah Massoud, who was killed by presumed al Qaeda aggressors in 2001, wrote in a Washington Post commentary that he is

“ready to follow in my father’s footsteps, with mujahideen fighters who are prepared to once again take on the Taliban.”


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