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Taliban seizes Afghanistan in lightning offensive

Taliban fighters march in uniforms on the street in Qalat, Zabul Province, Afghanistan, in this still image taken from social media video uploaded August 19, 2021 and obtained by REUTERS

Taliban fighters march in uniforms on the street in Qalat, Zabul Province, Afghanistan, in this still image taken from social media video uploaded August 19, 2021 and obtained by REUTERS

Taliban fighters march in uniforms on the street in Qalat, Zabul Province, Afghanistan, in this still image taken from social media video uploaded August 19, 2021 and obtained by REUTERS
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A baby is handed over to the U.S. military over the perimeter wall of the airport for it to be evacuated, in Kabul, Afghanistan, August 19, 2021. OMAR HAIDARI/via REUTERS

A baby is handed over to the U.S. military over the perimeter wall of the airport for it to be evacuated, in Kabul, Afghanistan, August 19, 2021. OMAR HAIDARI/via REUTERS

A baby is handed over to the U.S. military over the perimeter wall of the airport for it to be evacuated, in Kabul, Afghanistan, August 19, 2021. OMAR HAIDARI/via REUTERS
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People carry the national flag at a protest held during the Afghan Independence Day in Kabul, Afghanistan August 19, 2021. REUTERS/Stringer

People carry the national flag at a protest held during the Afghan Independence Day in Kabul, Afghanistan August 19, 2021. REUTERS/Stringer

People carry the national flag at a protest held during the Afghan Independence Day in Kabul, Afghanistan August 19, 2021. REUTERS/Stringer
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Evacuees from Afghanistan board a military aircraft during an evacuation from Kabul at undisclosed location, August 19, 2021.  Staff Sgt. Brandon Cribelar/U.S. Marine Corps/Handout via REUTERS

Evacuees from Afghanistan board a military aircraft during an evacuation from Kabul at undisclosed location, August 19, 2021.  Staff Sgt. Brandon Cribelar/U.S. Marine Corps/Handout via REUTERS

Evacuees from Afghanistan board a military aircraft during an evacuation from Kabul at undisclosed location, August 19, 2021.  Staff Sgt. Brandon Cribelar/U.S. Marine Corps/Handout via REUTERS
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UK coalition forces, Turkish coalition forces, and U.S. Marines assist a child during an evacuation at Hamid Karzai International Airport, Kabul, Afghanistan, August 20, 2021.  Sgt. Victor Mancilla/U.S. Marine Corps/Handout via REUTERS

UK coalition forces, Turkish coalition forces, and U.S. Marines assist a child during an evacuation at Hamid Karzai International Airport, Kabul, Afghanistan, August 20, 2021.  Sgt. Victor Mancilla/U.S. Marine Corps/Handout via REUTERS

UK coalition forces, Turkish coalition forces, and U.S. Marines assist a child during an evacuation at Hamid Karzai International Airport, Kabul, Afghanistan, August 20, 2021.  Sgt. Victor Mancilla/U.S. Marine Corps/Handout via REUTERS
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Evacuees from Afghanistan sit inside a military aircraft during an evacuation from Kabul, at undisclosed location August 19, 2021.  Staff Sgt. Brandon Cribelar/U.S. Marine Corps/Handout via REUTERS

Evacuees from Afghanistan sit inside a military aircraft during an evacuation from Kabul, at undisclosed location August 19, 2021.  Staff Sgt. Brandon Cribelar/U.S. Marine Corps/Handout via REUTERS

Evacuees from Afghanistan sit inside a military aircraft during an evacuation from Kabul, at undisclosed location August 19, 2021.  Staff Sgt. Brandon Cribelar/U.S. Marine Corps/Handout via REUTERS
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A U.S. Marine assigned to the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) holds a baby during an evacuation at Hamid Karzai International Airport, Kabul, Afghanistan, August 20, 2021.  Sgt. Isaiah Campbell/U.S. Marine Corps/Handout via REUTERS

A U.S. Marine assigned to the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) holds a baby during an evacuation at Hamid Karzai International Airport, Kabul, Afghanistan, August 20, 2021.  Sgt. Isaiah Campbell/U.S. Marine Corps/Handout via REUTERS

A U.S. Marine assigned to the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) holds a baby during an evacuation at Hamid Karzai International Airport, Kabul, Afghanistan, August 20, 2021.  Sgt. Isaiah Campbell/U.S. Marine Corps/Handout via REUTERS
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A girl evacuated from Afghanistan is seen through a glass window after arriving at Al Maktoum International Airport (DWC) in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, August 19, 2021. REUTERS/Rula Rouhana

A girl evacuated from Afghanistan is seen through a glass window after arriving at Al Maktoum International Airport (DWC) in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, August 19, 2021. REUTERS/Rula Rouhana

A girl evacuated from Afghanistan is seen through a glass window after arriving at Al Maktoum International Airport (DWC) in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, August 19, 2021. REUTERS/Rula Rouhana
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A U.S. Marine assigned to 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit guide an evacuee during an evacuation at Hamid Karzai International Airport, Afghanistan, August 18, 2021. U.S. Marine Corps/Sgt. Isaiah Campbell/Handout via REUTERS

A U.S. Marine assigned to 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit guide an evacuee during an evacuation at Hamid Karzai International Airport, Afghanistan, August 18, 2021. U.S. Marine Corps/Sgt. Isaiah Campbell/Handout via REUTERS

A U.S. Marine assigned to 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit guide an evacuee during an evacuation at Hamid Karzai International Airport, Afghanistan, August 18, 2021. U.S. Marine Corps/Sgt. Isaiah Campbell/Handout via REUTERS
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U.S. Marines stand guard at an Evacuee Control Checkpoint at Hamid Karzai International Airport, Kabul, Afghanistan, August 20, 2021.  Sgt. Victor Mancilla/U.S. Marine Corps/Handout via REUTERS

U.S. Marines stand guard at an Evacuee Control Checkpoint at Hamid Karzai International Airport, Kabul, Afghanistan, August 20, 2021.  Sgt. Victor Mancilla/U.S. Marine Corps/Handout via REUTERS

U.S. Marines stand guard at an Evacuee Control Checkpoint at Hamid Karzai International Airport, Kabul, Afghanistan, August 20, 2021.  Sgt. Victor Mancilla/U.S. Marine Corps/Handout via REUTERS
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A U.S. Marine assigned to 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit interacts with children during an evacuation at Hamid Karzai International Airport, Afghanistan, August 18, 2021. U.S. NAVY/Central Command Public Affairs/Cpl. Nicholas Guevara/Handout via REUTERS

A U.S. Marine assigned to 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit interacts with children during an evacuation at Hamid Karzai International Airport, Afghanistan, August 18, 2021. U.S. NAVY/Central Command Public Affairs/Cpl. Nicholas Guevara/Handout via...more

A U.S. Marine assigned to 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit interacts with children during an evacuation at Hamid Karzai International Airport, Afghanistan, August 18, 2021. U.S. NAVY/Central Command Public Affairs/Cpl. Nicholas Guevara/Handout via REUTERS
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People gather on a street in Kabul, Afghanistan, August 18, 2021. RAHMATULLAH SHAHRYAR via REUTERS

People gather on a street in Kabul, Afghanistan, August 18, 2021. RAHMATULLAH SHAHRYAR via REUTERS

People gather on a street in Kabul, Afghanistan, August 18, 2021. RAHMATULLAH SHAHRYAR via REUTERS
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A family arriving from Afghanistan makes their way through the Friendship Gate crossing point at the Pakistan-Afghanistan border town of Chaman, Pakistan August 19, 2021. REUTERS/Saeed Ali Achakzai

A family arriving from Afghanistan makes their way through the Friendship Gate crossing point at the Pakistan-Afghanistan border town of Chaman, Pakistan August 19, 2021. REUTERS/Saeed Ali Achakzai

A family arriving from Afghanistan makes their way through the Friendship Gate crossing point at the Pakistan-Afghanistan border town of Chaman, Pakistan August 19, 2021. REUTERS/Saeed Ali Achakzai
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A view of empty seats onboard an "international military aircraft" before it leaves for Georgia following an evacuation in Kabul, Afghanistan, August 19, 2021.    OBTAINED BY REUTERS/via REUTERS

A view of empty seats onboard an "international military aircraft" before it leaves for Georgia following an evacuation in Kabul, Afghanistan, August 19, 2021.    OBTAINED BY REUTERS/via REUTERS

A view of empty seats onboard an "international military aircraft" before it leaves for Georgia following an evacuation in Kabul, Afghanistan, August 19, 2021.    OBTAINED BY REUTERS/via REUTERS
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People carry the national flag at a protest held during the Afghan Independence Day in Kabul, Afghanistan August 19, 2021. REUTERS/Stringer

People carry the national flag at a protest held during the Afghan Independence Day in Kabul, Afghanistan August 19, 2021. REUTERS/Stringer

People carry the national flag at a protest held during the Afghan Independence Day in Kabul, Afghanistan August 19, 2021. REUTERS/Stringer
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A man waves an Afghan flag as he rides an auto rickshaw along a street in Kabul, Afghanistan, August 19, 2021, in this image from video obtained by REUTERS.

A man waves an Afghan flag as he rides an auto rickshaw along a street in Kabul, Afghanistan, August 19, 2021, in this image from video obtained by REUTERS.

A man waves an Afghan flag as he rides an auto rickshaw along a street in Kabul, Afghanistan, August 19, 2021, in this image from video obtained by REUTERS.
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People carry the national flag at a protest held during the Afghan Independence Day in Kabul, Afghanistan August 19, 2021. REUTERS/Stringer

People carry the national flag at a protest held during the Afghan Independence Day in Kabul, Afghanistan August 19, 2021. REUTERS/Stringer

People carry the national flag at a protest held during the Afghan Independence Day in Kabul, Afghanistan August 19, 2021. REUTERS/Stringer
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A boy is processed through an Evacuee Control Checkpoint (ECC) during an evacuation at Hamid Karzai International Airport, Kabul, Afghanistan August 18, 2021. U.S. Marine Corps/Staff Sgt. Victor Mancilla/Handout via REUTERS

A boy is processed through an Evacuee Control Checkpoint (ECC) during an evacuation at Hamid Karzai International Airport, Kabul, Afghanistan August 18, 2021. U.S. Marine Corps/Staff Sgt. Victor Mancilla/Handout via REUTERS

A boy is processed through an Evacuee Control Checkpoint (ECC) during an evacuation at Hamid Karzai International Airport, Kabul, Afghanistan August 18, 2021. U.S. Marine Corps/Staff Sgt. Victor Mancilla/Handout via REUTERS
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A U.S. soldier stands guard while a girl tries to climb the wall as crowds gather near the wall at Kabul airport, Afghanistan August 17, 2021. Courtesy Rise to Peace/via REUTERS

A U.S. soldier stands guard while a girl tries to climb the wall as crowds gather near the wall at Kabul airport, Afghanistan August 17, 2021. Courtesy Rise to Peace/via REUTERS

A U.S. soldier stands guard while a girl tries to climb the wall as crowds gather near the wall at Kabul airport, Afghanistan August 17, 2021. Courtesy Rise to Peace/via REUTERS
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People stand in the doors of an aircraft at the airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, in this picture obtained August 19, 2021. Handout via REUTERS

People stand in the doors of an aircraft at the airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, in this picture obtained August 19, 2021. Handout via REUTERS

People stand in the doors of an aircraft at the airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, in this picture obtained August 19, 2021. Handout via REUTERS
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People wait outside Kabul airport, in Kabul, Afghanistan, August 19, 2021. Mirwais Khan Amiri/via REUTERS

People wait outside Kabul airport, in Kabul, Afghanistan, August 19, 2021. Mirwais Khan Amiri/via REUTERS

People wait outside Kabul airport, in Kabul, Afghanistan, August 19, 2021. Mirwais Khan Amiri/via REUTERS
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A person rests in an aircraft engine at the airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, in this picture obtained August 19, 2021.  Handout via REUTERS

A person rests in an aircraft engine at the airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, in this picture obtained August 19, 2021.  Handout via REUTERS

A person rests in an aircraft engine at the airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, in this picture obtained August 19, 2021.  Handout via REUTERS
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An evacuee family is greeted following the arrival of Spanish and Afghan citizens at Torrejon airbase after evacuating from Kabul, in Torrejon de Ardoz, outside Madrid, August 19, 2021. REUTERS/Juan Medina

An evacuee family is greeted following the arrival of Spanish and Afghan citizens at Torrejon airbase after evacuating from Kabul, in Torrejon de Ardoz, outside Madrid, August 19, 2021. REUTERS/Juan Medina

An evacuee family is greeted following the arrival of Spanish and Afghan citizens at Torrejon airbase after evacuating from Kabul, in Torrejon de Ardoz, outside Madrid, August 19, 2021. REUTERS/Juan Medina
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An evacuee reacts during coronavirus tests conducted for Spanish and Afghan citizens who arrived at Torrejon airbase after evacuating from Kabul, in Torrejon de Ardoz, outside Madrid, August 19, 2021. REUTERS/Juan Medina

An evacuee reacts during coronavirus tests conducted for Spanish and Afghan citizens who arrived at Torrejon airbase after evacuating from Kabul, in Torrejon de Ardoz, outside Madrid, August 19, 2021. REUTERS/Juan Medina

An evacuee reacts during coronavirus tests conducted for Spanish and Afghan citizens who arrived at Torrejon airbase after evacuating from Kabul, in Torrejon de Ardoz, outside Madrid, August 19, 2021. REUTERS/Juan Medina
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Afghan girls attend class at a school in the city of Herat, Afghanistan, in this image from video August 18, 2021. Courtesy Shamshadnews/via REUTERS

Afghan girls attend class at a school in the city of Herat, Afghanistan, in this image from video August 18, 2021. Courtesy Shamshadnews/via REUTERS

Afghan girls attend class at a school in the city of Herat, Afghanistan, in this image from video August 18, 2021. Courtesy Shamshadnews/via REUTERS
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Former Afghan President Hamid Karzai, accompanied by the old government's main peace envoy, Abdullah Abdullah, takes part in a meeting with members of the Taliban delegation in this undated handout uploaded August 19, 2021. Dr. Abdullah Abdullah via Facebook/Handout via REUTERS

Former Afghan President Hamid Karzai, accompanied by the old government's main peace envoy, Abdullah Abdullah, takes part in a meeting with members of the Taliban delegation in this undated handout uploaded August 19, 2021. Dr. Abdullah Abdullah via...more

Former Afghan President Hamid Karzai, accompanied by the old government's main peace envoy, Abdullah Abdullah, takes part in a meeting with members of the Taliban delegation in this undated handout uploaded August 19, 2021. Dr. Abdullah Abdullah via Facebook/Handout via REUTERS
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People carry Afghan flags as they take part in an anti-Taliban protest in Jalalabad, Afghanistan August 18, 2021. Two witnesses and a former police official told Reuters that Taliban fighters opened fire when residents tried to install Afghanistan's national flag at a square in the city, killing three and injuring more than a dozen. Pajhwok Afghan News/Handout via REUTERS

People carry Afghan flags as they take part in an anti-Taliban protest in Jalalabad, Afghanistan August 18, 2021. Two witnesses and a former police official told Reuters that Taliban fighters opened fire when residents tried to install Afghanistan's...more

People carry Afghan flags as they take part in an anti-Taliban protest in Jalalabad, Afghanistan August 18, 2021. Two witnesses and a former police official told Reuters that Taliban fighters opened fire when residents tried to install Afghanistan's national flag at a square in the city, killing three and injuring more than a dozen. Pajhwok Afghan News/Handout via REUTERS
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Members of Taliban forces sit at a checkpost in Kabul, Afghanistan August 17, 2021. REUTERS/Stringer

Members of Taliban forces sit at a checkpost in Kabul, Afghanistan August 17, 2021. REUTERS/Stringer

Members of Taliban forces sit at a checkpost in Kabul, Afghanistan August 17, 2021. REUTERS/Stringer
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People carry Afghan flags as they take part in an anti-Taliban protest in Jalalabad, Afghanistan August 18, 2021. Pajhwok Afghan News/Handout via REUTERS

People carry Afghan flags as they take part in an anti-Taliban protest in Jalalabad, Afghanistan August 18, 2021. Pajhwok Afghan News/Handout via REUTERS

People carry Afghan flags as they take part in an anti-Taliban protest in Jalalabad, Afghanistan August 18, 2021. Pajhwok Afghan News/Handout via REUTERS
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U.S. Army Soldiers assigned to the 10th Mountain Division stand security at Hamid Karzai International Airport, Kabul, Afghanistan, August 15, 2021. U.S. Marine Corps/Sgt. Isaiah Campbell/Handout via REUTERS

U.S. Army Soldiers assigned to the 10th Mountain Division stand security at Hamid Karzai International Airport, Kabul, Afghanistan, August 15, 2021. U.S. Marine Corps/Sgt. Isaiah Campbell/Handout via REUTERS

U.S. Army Soldiers assigned to the 10th Mountain Division stand security at Hamid Karzai International Airport, Kabul, Afghanistan, August 15, 2021. U.S. Marine Corps/Sgt. Isaiah Campbell/Handout via REUTERS
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An Afghan child sleeps on the cargo floor of a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III, kept warm by the uniform of Airman First Class Nicolas Baron, C-17 loadmaster, during an evacuation flight from Kabul, Afghanistan, August 18, 2021.  U.S. Air Force/1st Lt. Mark Lawson/Handout via REUTERS

An Afghan child sleeps on the cargo floor of a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III, kept warm by the uniform of Airman First Class Nicolas Baron, C-17 loadmaster, during an evacuation flight from Kabul, Afghanistan, August 18, 2021.  U.S. Air...more

An Afghan child sleeps on the cargo floor of a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III, kept warm by the uniform of Airman First Class Nicolas Baron, C-17 loadmaster, during an evacuation flight from Kabul, Afghanistan, August 18, 2021.  U.S. Air Force/1st Lt. Mark Lawson/Handout via REUTERS
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U.S. Army soldiers assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division patrol Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan August 17, 2021. U.S. Air Force/Senior Airman Taylor Crul/Handout via REUTERS

U.S. Army soldiers assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division patrol Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan August 17, 2021. U.S. Air Force/Senior Airman Taylor Crul/Handout via REUTERS

U.S. Army soldiers assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division patrol Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan August 17, 2021. U.S. Air Force/Senior Airman Taylor Crul/Handout via REUTERS
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U.S. Marine Corps General Frank McKenzie, the commander of U.S. Central Command, arrives at Hamid Karzai International Airport, Afghanistan August 17, 2021. U.S. Navy/Capt. William Urban/Handout via REUTERS

U.S. Marine Corps General Frank McKenzie, the commander of U.S. Central Command, arrives at Hamid Karzai International Airport, Afghanistan August 17, 2021. U.S. Navy/Capt. William Urban/Handout via REUTERS

U.S. Marine Corps General Frank McKenzie, the commander of U.S. Central Command, arrives at Hamid Karzai International Airport, Afghanistan August 17, 2021. U.S. Navy/Capt. William Urban/Handout via REUTERS
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Spanish citizens residing in Afghanistan and Afghans board a military plane as part of their evacuation, at the Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, August 18, 2021. Ministry of Defense of Spain/Handout via REUTERS

Spanish citizens residing in Afghanistan and Afghans board a military plane as part of their evacuation, at the Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, August 18, 2021. Ministry of Defense of Spain/Handout via REUTERS

Spanish citizens residing in Afghanistan and Afghans board a military plane as part of their evacuation, at the Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, August 18, 2021. Ministry of Defense of Spain/Handout via REUTERS
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People gathered outside the airport react to gunfire, in Kabul, Afghanistan August 18, 2021. ASVAKA NEWS via REUTERS

People gathered outside the airport react to gunfire, in Kabul, Afghanistan August 18, 2021. ASVAKA NEWS via REUTERS

People gathered outside the airport react to gunfire, in Kabul, Afghanistan August 18, 2021. ASVAKA NEWS via REUTERS
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Evacuees crowd the interior of a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III transport aircraft, carrying some 640 Afghans to Qatar from Kabul, Afghanistan August 15, 2021. Courtesy of Defense One/Handout via REUTERS

Evacuees crowd the interior of a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III transport aircraft, carrying some 640 Afghans to Qatar from Kabul, Afghanistan August 15, 2021. Courtesy of Defense One/Handout via REUTERS

Evacuees crowd the interior of a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III transport aircraft, carrying some 640 Afghans to Qatar from Kabul, Afghanistan August 15, 2021. Courtesy of Defense One/Handout via REUTERS
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Crowds of people are seen on the tarmac at Kabul's airport in Afghanistan August 16, 2021. SATELLITE IMAGE 2021 MAXAR TECHNOLOGIES/Handout via REUTERS

Crowds of people are seen on the tarmac at Kabul's airport in Afghanistan August 16, 2021. SATELLITE IMAGE 2021 MAXAR TECHNOLOGIES/Handout via REUTERS

Crowds of people are seen on the tarmac at Kabul's airport in Afghanistan August 16, 2021. SATELLITE IMAGE 2021 MAXAR TECHNOLOGIES/Handout via REUTERS
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Traffic jam and crowds are seen near Kabul's airport in Afghanistan August 16, 2021. SATELLITE IMAGE 2021 MAXAR TECHNOLOGIES/Handout via REUTERS

Traffic jam and crowds are seen near Kabul's airport in Afghanistan August 16, 2021. SATELLITE IMAGE 2021 MAXAR TECHNOLOGIES/Handout via REUTERS

Traffic jam and crowds are seen near Kabul's airport in Afghanistan August 16, 2021. SATELLITE IMAGE 2021 MAXAR TECHNOLOGIES/Handout via REUTERS
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A group of women hold a street protest calling on the Taliban to protect their rights, in Kabul, Afghanistan August 17, 2021. Shamshad News/via REUTERS

A group of women hold a street protest calling on the Taliban to protect their rights, in Kabul, Afghanistan August 17, 2021. Shamshad News/via REUTERS

A group of women hold a street protest calling on the Taliban to protect their rights, in Kabul, Afghanistan August 17, 2021. Shamshad News/via REUTERS
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A U.S. Marine assigned to the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) escorts a Department of State employee to be processed for evacuation at Hamid Karzai International Airport, Kabul, Afghanistan, August 15, 2021. U.S. Marine Corps/Sgt. Isaiah Campbell/Handout via REUTERS

A U.S. Marine assigned to the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) escorts a Department of State employee to be processed for evacuation at Hamid Karzai International Airport, Kabul, Afghanistan, August 15, 2021. U.S. Marine Corps/Sgt. Isaiah...more

A U.S. Marine assigned to the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) escorts a Department of State employee to be processed for evacuation at Hamid Karzai International Airport, Kabul, Afghanistan, August 15, 2021. U.S. Marine Corps/Sgt. Isaiah Campbell/Handout via REUTERS
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Commanding General U.S. Central Command Frank McKenzie tours an evacuation control center at Hamid Karzai International Airport, Afghanistan, August 17, 2021. U.S. Marine Corps/1st Lt. Mark Andries/Handout via REUTERS

Commanding General U.S. Central Command Frank McKenzie tours an evacuation control center at Hamid Karzai International Airport, Afghanistan, August 17, 2021. U.S. Marine Corps/1st Lt. Mark Andries/Handout via REUTERS

Commanding General U.S. Central Command Frank McKenzie tours an evacuation control center at Hamid Karzai International Airport, Afghanistan, August 17, 2021. U.S. Marine Corps/1st Lt. Mark Andries/Handout via REUTERS
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People wait outside Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan August 17, 2021. REUTERS/Stringer

People wait outside Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan August 17, 2021. REUTERS/Stringer

People wait outside Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan August 17, 2021. REUTERS/Stringer
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Members of Taliban forces sit at a security tower of the interior ministry in Kabul, Afghanistan August 17, 2021. REUTERS/Stringer

Members of Taliban forces sit at a security tower of the interior ministry in Kabul, Afghanistan August 17, 2021. REUTERS/Stringer

Members of Taliban forces sit at a security tower of the interior ministry in Kabul, Afghanistan August 17, 2021. REUTERS/Stringer
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People wait outside Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan August 17, 2021. REUTERS/Stringer

People wait outside Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan August 17, 2021. REUTERS/Stringer

People wait outside Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan August 17, 2021. REUTERS/Stringer
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British citizens and dual nationals residing in Afghanistan board a military plane for evacuation from Kabul airport, Afghanistan August 16, 2021.  LPhot Ben Shread/UK MOD Crown copyright 2021/Handout via REUTERS

British citizens and dual nationals residing in Afghanistan board a military plane for evacuation from Kabul airport, Afghanistan August 16, 2021.  LPhot Ben Shread/UK MOD Crown copyright 2021/Handout via REUTERS

British citizens and dual nationals residing in Afghanistan board a military plane for evacuation from Kabul airport, Afghanistan August 16, 2021.  LPhot Ben Shread/UK MOD Crown copyright 2021/Handout via REUTERS
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Members of Taliban forces keep watch at a checkpoint in Kabul, Afghanistan August 17, 2021. REUTERS/Stringer

Members of Taliban forces keep watch at a checkpoint in Kabul, Afghanistan August 17, 2021. REUTERS/Stringer

Members of Taliban forces keep watch at a checkpoint in Kabul, Afghanistan August 17, 2021. REUTERS/Stringer
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U.S. Marine Corps General Frank McKenzie, the commander of U.S. Central Command, meets with U.S. Navy Rear Admiral Peter Vasely, commander of U.S. Forces Afghanistan-Forward, at Hamid Karzai International Airport, Afghanistan August 17, 2021.  U.S. Navy/Capt. William Urban/Handout via REUTERS

U.S. Marine Corps General Frank McKenzie, the commander of U.S. Central Command, meets with U.S. Navy Rear Admiral Peter Vasely, commander of U.S. Forces Afghanistan-Forward, at Hamid Karzai International Airport, Afghanistan August 17, 2021.  U.S....more

U.S. Marine Corps General Frank McKenzie, the commander of U.S. Central Command, meets with U.S. Navy Rear Admiral Peter Vasely, commander of U.S. Forces Afghanistan-Forward, at Hamid Karzai International Airport, Afghanistan August 17, 2021.  U.S. Navy/Capt. William Urban/Handout via REUTERS
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A man pulls a girl to get inside Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan August 16, 2021. REUTERS/Stringer

A man pulls a girl to get inside Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan August 16, 2021. REUTERS/Stringer

A man pulls a girl to get inside Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan August 16, 2021. REUTERS/Stringer
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A member of Taliban forces inspects the area outside Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan August 16, 2021. REUTERS/Stringer

A member of Taliban forces inspects the area outside Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan August 16, 2021. REUTERS/Stringer

A member of Taliban forces inspects the area outside Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan August 16, 2021. REUTERS/Stringer
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People try to get into Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan August 16. REUTERS/Stringer

People try to get into Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan August 16. REUTERS/Stringer

People try to get into Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan August 16. REUTERS/Stringer
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Taliban waving a flag drive through the streets of Kabul, Afghanistan, August 16. SNAPCHAT/via REUTERS

Taliban waving a flag drive through the streets of Kabul, Afghanistan, August 16. SNAPCHAT/via REUTERS

Taliban waving a flag drive through the streets of Kabul, Afghanistan, August 16. SNAPCHAT/via REUTERS
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A member of Taliban (C) stands outside Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, August 16, 2021. REUTERS/Stringer

A member of Taliban (C) stands outside Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, August 16, 2021. REUTERS/Stringer

A member of Taliban (C) stands outside Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, August 16, 2021. REUTERS/Stringer
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Men try to get inside Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan August 16, 2021. REUTERS/Stringer

Men try to get inside Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan August 16, 2021. REUTERS/Stringer

Men try to get inside Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan August 16, 2021. REUTERS/Stringer
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A Taliban fighter on top of an armoured vehicle loads a gun outside the airport in Kabul, Afghanistan August 16, 2021. REUTERS TV/via REUTERS

A Taliban fighter on top of an armoured vehicle loads a gun outside the airport in Kabul, Afghanistan August 16, 2021. REUTERS TV/via REUTERS

A Taliban fighter on top of an armoured vehicle loads a gun outside the airport in Kabul, Afghanistan August 16, 2021. REUTERS TV/via REUTERS
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Taliban forces stand guard inside Kabul, Afghanistan August 16. REUTERS/Stringer

Taliban forces stand guard inside Kabul, Afghanistan August 16. REUTERS/Stringer

Taliban forces stand guard inside Kabul, Afghanistan August 16. REUTERS/Stringer
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People arriving from Afghanistan make their way at the Friendship Gate crossing point at the Pakistan-Afghanistan border town of Chaman, Pakistan August 16, 2021. REUTERS/Saeed Ali Achakzai

People arriving from Afghanistan make their way at the Friendship Gate crossing point at the Pakistan-Afghanistan border town of Chaman, Pakistan August 16, 2021. REUTERS/Saeed Ali Achakzai

People arriving from Afghanistan make their way at the Friendship Gate crossing point at the Pakistan-Afghanistan border town of Chaman, Pakistan August 16, 2021. REUTERS/Saeed Ali Achakzai
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Women with their children try to get inside Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan August 16. REUTERS/Stringer

Women with their children try to get inside Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan August 16. REUTERS/Stringer

Women with their children try to get inside Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan August 16. REUTERS/Stringer
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Taliban fighters ride on a police vehicle in Kabul, Afghanistan, August 16. REUTERS/Stringer

Taliban fighters ride on a police vehicle in Kabul, Afghanistan, August 16. REUTERS/Stringer

Taliban fighters ride on a police vehicle in Kabul, Afghanistan, August 16. REUTERS/Stringer
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Mullah Baradar Akhund, a senior official of the Taliban, seated with a group of men, makes a video statement, in  this still image taken from a video recorded in an unidentified location and released on August 16, 2021. Social Media/via REUTERS

Mullah Baradar Akhund, a senior official of the Taliban, seated with a group of men, makes a video statement, in  this still image taken from a video recorded in an unidentified location and released on August 16, 2021. Social Media/via REUTERS

Mullah Baradar Akhund, a senior official of the Taliban, seated with a group of men, makes a video statement, in  this still image taken from a video recorded in an unidentified location and released on August 16, 2021. Social Media/via REUTERS
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British Forces from 16 Air Assault Brigade arrive in Kabul, Afghanistan, to provide support to British nationals leaving the country, as part of Operation PITTING after Taliban insurgents took control of the presidential palace in Kabul, August 15, 2021. Leading Hand Ben Shread/RAF/UK Ministry of Defence 2021/Handout via REUTERS

British Forces from 16 Air Assault Brigade arrive in Kabul, Afghanistan, to provide support to British nationals leaving the country, as part of Operation PITTING after Taliban insurgents took control of the presidential palace in Kabul, August 15,...more

British Forces from 16 Air Assault Brigade arrive in Kabul, Afghanistan, to provide support to British nationals leaving the country, as part of Operation PITTING after Taliban insurgents took control of the presidential palace in Kabul, August 15, 2021. Leading Hand Ben Shread/RAF/UK Ministry of Defence 2021/Handout via REUTERS
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A member of Taliban stands guard as people walk at the entrance gate of Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, August 16, 2021. REUTERS/Stringer

A member of Taliban stands guard as people walk at the entrance gate of Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, August 16, 2021. REUTERS/Stringer

A member of Taliban stands guard as people walk at the entrance gate of Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, August 16, 2021. REUTERS/Stringer
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U.S. President Joe Biden is seen during a meeting with Vice President Kamala Harris, their security team and senior officials to obtain updates on the draw down of civilian personnel in Afghanistan, evacuations of SIV applicants and other Afghan allies, and the ongoing security situation in Kabul, in this handout photo obtained from The White House Twitter account on August 16, 2021. Twitter @WhiteHouse/Handout via REUTERS

U.S. President Joe Biden is seen during a meeting with Vice President Kamala Harris, their security team and senior officials to obtain updates on the draw down of civilian personnel in Afghanistan, evacuations of SIV applicants and other Afghan...more

U.S. President Joe Biden is seen during a meeting with Vice President Kamala Harris, their security team and senior officials to obtain updates on the draw down of civilian personnel in Afghanistan, evacuations of SIV applicants and other Afghan allies, and the ongoing security situation in Kabul, in this handout photo obtained from The White House Twitter account on August 16, 2021. Twitter @WhiteHouse/Handout via REUTERS
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U.S. Army Chinook helicopter flies over Kabul, Afghanistan August 15, 2021. REUTERS/Stringer

U.S. Army Chinook helicopter flies over Kabul, Afghanistan August 15, 2021. REUTERS/Stringer

U.S. Army Chinook helicopter flies over Kabul, Afghanistan August 15, 2021. REUTERS/Stringer
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Taliban militants waving a Taliban flag on the back of a pickup truck drive past a crowded street at Pashtunistan Square area in Jalalabad, Afghanistan in this still image taken from social media video uploaded on August 15, 2021. Social media website/via REUTERS

Taliban militants waving a Taliban flag on the back of a pickup truck drive past a crowded street at Pashtunistan Square area in Jalalabad, Afghanistan in this still image taken from social media video uploaded on August 15, 2021. Social media...more

Taliban militants waving a Taliban flag on the back of a pickup truck drive past a crowded street at Pashtunistan Square area in Jalalabad, Afghanistan in this still image taken from social media video uploaded on August 15, 2021. Social media website/via REUTERS
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Taliban forces patrol a street in Herat, Afghanistan August 14, 2021. REUTERS/Stringer

Taliban forces patrol a street in Herat, Afghanistan August 14, 2021. REUTERS/Stringer

Taliban forces patrol a street in Herat, Afghanistan August 14, 2021. REUTERS/Stringer
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Taliban forces patrol a street in Herat, Afghanistan August 14, 2021. REUTERS/Stringer

Taliban forces patrol a street in Herat, Afghanistan August 14, 2021. REUTERS/Stringer

Taliban forces patrol a street in Herat, Afghanistan August 14, 2021. REUTERS/Stringer
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Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani attends a security meeting in Kabul, Afghanistan August 14, 2021. Afghan Presidential Palace/Handout via REUTERS

Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani attends a security meeting in Kabul, Afghanistan August 14, 2021. Afghan Presidential Palace/Handout via REUTERS

Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani attends a security meeting in Kabul, Afghanistan August 14, 2021. Afghan Presidential Palace/Handout via REUTERS
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People gather in the Eid Gah Darwaza area as a flag is hoisted on the Kandahar city gate, in Kandahar, Afghanistan in this screen grab taken from a handout video uploaded on social media August 14, 2021. Taliban Handout/via REUTERS

People gather in the Eid Gah Darwaza area as a flag is hoisted on the Kandahar city gate, in Kandahar, Afghanistan in this screen grab taken from a handout video uploaded on social media August 14, 2021. Taliban Handout/via REUTERS

People gather in the Eid Gah Darwaza area as a flag is hoisted on the Kandahar city gate, in Kandahar, Afghanistan in this screen grab taken from a handout video uploaded on social media August 14, 2021. Taliban Handout/via REUTERS
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Taliban forces patrol a street in Herat, Afghanistan August 14, 2021. REUTERS/Stringer

Taliban forces patrol a street in Herat, Afghanistan August 14, 2021. REUTERS/Stringer

Taliban forces patrol a street in Herat, Afghanistan August 14, 2021. REUTERS/Stringer
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A fighter stands guard next to a Taliban flag raised at the gates outside the police headquarters, in the city of Ghazni, Afghanistan in this screen grab taken from a video released by the Taliban on August 12, 2021. Taliban Handout/via REUTERS

A fighter stands guard next to a Taliban flag raised at the gates outside the police headquarters, in the city of Ghazni, Afghanistan in this screen grab taken from a video released by the Taliban on August 12, 2021. Taliban Handout/via REUTERS

A fighter stands guard next to a Taliban flag raised at the gates outside the police headquarters, in the city of Ghazni, Afghanistan in this screen grab taken from a video released by the Taliban on August 12, 2021. Taliban Handout/via REUTERS
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An internally displaced child from northern provinces, who fled from his home due the fighting between Taliban and Afghan security forces, sleeps in a public park that they use as shelter in Kabul, Afghanistan, August 10.     REUTERS/Stringer

An internally displaced child from northern provinces, who fled from his home due the fighting between Taliban and Afghan security forces, sleeps in a public park that they use as shelter in Kabul, Afghanistan, August 10. REUTERS/Stringer

An internally displaced child from northern provinces, who fled from his home due the fighting between Taliban and Afghan security forces, sleeps in a public park that they use as shelter in Kabul, Afghanistan, August 10. REUTERS/Stringer
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People believed to be militants are seen on a pickup truck with a gun in Afghanistan, in this still image obtained from a video posted by the Afghan Defence Ministry on its Facebook page. Reuters could not independently verify the locations nor the date of the footage. Courtesy of  AFGHAN DEFENCE MINISTRY (MOD) / via REUTERS

People believed to be militants are seen on a pickup truck with a gun in Afghanistan, in this still image obtained from a video posted by the Afghan Defence Ministry on its Facebook page. Reuters could not independently verify the locations nor the...more

People believed to be militants are seen on a pickup truck with a gun in Afghanistan, in this still image obtained from a video posted by the Afghan Defence Ministry on its Facebook page. Reuters could not independently verify the locations nor the date of the footage. Courtesy of  AFGHAN DEFENCE MINISTRY (MOD) / via REUTERS
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Taliban fighters patrol Farah, Afghanistan August 11, 2021. REUTERS/Stringer

Taliban fighters patrol Farah, Afghanistan August 11, 2021. REUTERS/Stringer

Taliban fighters patrol Farah, Afghanistan August 11, 2021. REUTERS/Stringer
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Internally displaced families from northern provinces, who fled from their homes due the fighting between Taliban and Afghan security forces, take shelter in a public park in Kabul, August 10.   REUTERS/Stringer

Internally displaced families from northern provinces, who fled from their homes due the fighting between Taliban and Afghan security forces, take shelter in a public park in Kabul, August 10. REUTERS/Stringer

Internally displaced families from northern provinces, who fled from their homes due the fighting between Taliban and Afghan security forces, take shelter in a public park in Kabul, August 10. REUTERS/Stringer
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