Afghanistan president flees, Taliban set to declare Islamic emirate

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Kabul fell to the Taliban in a swift and seemingly bloodless takeover on Sunday as President Ashraf Ghani took flight to Tajikistan, leaving a small band of political representatives to complete the handover of Afghanistan’s final frontier to the advancing forces that had captured most of the country in the span of 10 days. Soon after Taliban fighters took over the presidential palace, sporadic gunfire was heard in central Kabul.