Afghanistan updates: Caretaker President Amrullah Saleh loyalists attack Charikar, say reports

Kabul/IBNS: Unconfirmed reports indicate that forces loyal to caretaker Afghanistan President Amrullah Saleh moved from the Panjshir valley and attacked the Charikar district of Parwan province (north of Kabul).

Another force under Uzbek leader Marshal Abdul Rashid Dostum has attacked from the North, indicating an attempt to link up.

Meanwhile, residents of Panjshir (all of which remains outside Taliban control) have hoisted old Northern Alliance flags in the area.

US CENTCOM Commander reach Kabul

Amid the ongoing chaos in and around Kabul Airport, US CENTCOM Commander General Kenneth McKenzie arrived at Kabul Airport to lead evacuation efforts.

McKenzie warned that any attack on the airport would be met with overwhelming force.

Meanwhile, Taliban militants were using harsh crowd control measures on the road leading to the airport.

Hazara leader Abdul Ali Mazari’s statue blown up

A statue of Hazara leader Abdul Ali Mazari (assassinated by the Taliban in 1995) was blown up by the Taliban in Bamyan province.

The Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) congratulated Taliban leaders on their victory and renewed its pledge of allegiance (bayah).

Not recognizing Taliban govt, says Canada

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has stated his country has no plans to recognize the Taliban government in Afghanistan. –(IndiaBlooms)