By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent
After a multi-trillion dollar war that claimed thousands of American lives and killed thousands of Afghans and international allies, Taliban forces triumphed, seizing the presidential palace in the heart of Kabul.
Armed militants took the palace hours after Afghan President Ashraf Ghani left the nation, prompting angry residents to call him “a coward.”
Taliban forced entered the capital much faster than U.S. intelligence had predicted. Ghani said he fled because he did not want to see bloodshed in Kabul.
The in-name-only president did not say where he was, but a senior Interior Ministry official said Ghani had left for neighboring Tajikistan.
A Foreign Ministry official said his location was unknown, and the Taliban said it was checking his whereabouts.
Some local social media users branded Ghani a “coward” for leaving them in chaos.
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