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US Defence Secretary Austin and Army Gen. Milley Brief Media on Latest Developments in Afghanistan

© REUTERS / JONATHAN ERNSTU.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs U.S. Army General Mark Milley attend a hearing on the Pentagon’s budget request to testify before a Senate Armed Services Committee, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, U.S., June 10, 2021.
U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs U.S. Army General Mark Milley attend a hearing on the Pentagon’s budget request to testify before a Senate Armed Services Committee, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, U.S., June 10, 2021. - Sputnik International, 1920, 18.08.2021
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This comes after earlier on Wednesday, fugitive Afghan President Ashraf Ghani explained his departure in a video address, saying that he had to leave the country to avoid bloodshed after the Taliban surrounded the presidential palace.
Sputnik goes live from the Pentagon where US Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin and Army Gen. Mark A. Milley are holding a media briefing to discuss the latest developments in Afghanistan following the Taliban takeover of the country.
Afghanistan was recaptured by the Taliban (a terrorist organisation banned in Russia) on 15 August after US and NATO troops started pulling out from the country in accordance with the agreement reached by Washington and the Taliban in Doha back in 2018.  
The success of the Taliban has sparked chaos and panic among Afghan nationals, who rushed to Kabul Airport in the hope of escaping the country onboard flights organised to evacuate diplomats and their families, as well as Afghans who had been working for Western institutions. 
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