Taliban offensive

US President Biden Insists Pulling Out of Afghanistan was 'right decision'

US President Joe Biden has said US troops may stay in Afghanistan beyond his withdrawal deadline, as armed Taliban fighters kept desperate evacuees from reaching Kabul's airport.

Mr Biden wants US forces out by the end of this month, but up to 15,000 US citizens are stranded in the country.

The US president told in tv interview the turmoil in Kabul was unavoidable.

After EU Foreign Ministers Meeting - Talks with Taliban Likely to Happen

The EU will have to talk with the Taliban after the group seized control of Afghanistan before officially recognising them, foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said after online meeting of EU foreign ministers.

"The Taliban have won the war, so we will have to talk with them," he pointed out, while stressing this does not mean moving quickly to official recognition. 

LIVE The end! The war is over! Foreigners flee, president disappears VIDEO / PHOTO

Qatari television previously broadcast footage showing Taliban commanders and soldiers celebrating victory in the hallways of the residence and in the office of Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, who has left the country. The Taliban also said they had taken responsibility for the security of the presidential palace, reports TASS.

Taliban in control of Afghanistan, panic in Kabul

The Taliban were in control of Afghanistan on Aug. 16 after President Ashraf Ghani fled the country and conceded the insurgents had won the 20-year war.


The astonishingly quick collapse of the government, with militants taking over the presidential palace on Sunday night, triggered fear and panic in the capital.