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hello and welcome to our look ahead to what the papers will be bringing us tomorrow. with me are james rampton, feature writer at the i paper, and rachel watson, deputy political editor at the scottish daily mail. tomorrow's front pages. let's start with the metro, which because if the fall of kabul. —— which calls it. the taliban take
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control of afghanistan's capital, with a dramatic picture of helicopters air—lifting us embassy staff to safety. the financial times writes that washington's two—decade military project ended in chaos as afghanistan's president fled the country. the daily telegraph says thousands of britons and americans are scrambling to flee the country after islamist forces walked into kabul virtually unopposed. the sun also leads with the escape from kabul, adding that the taliban's "lightning offensive" surprised the uk and the us. the i writes that the taliban is back in power 20 years after being overthrown by us and british forces. and the guardian adds that the militant group started the day so confident of victory that its fighters surrounded the capital, then ordered them to stay outside the city and wait. let's start. all the front pages pretty much have something of these momentous events that we have been watching unfold over the last few days, culminating in the fall of kabul today. potentially major ramifications, of course, for
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afghanistan but also potentially for the world, and i wonder if we can take the papers, all of which cover the story from instantly different angle, in... can we start with the front page of the metro, which turns it into a fantastic picture story, actually? just talk us through how it is shown how the events unfold and stop you what they have done very cleverly is making explicit this comparison that lots of people in talking about today tween what is happened in kabul this afternoon and the evacuation of saigon in happened in kabul this afternoon and the evacuation of saigor_ the evacuation of saigon in 1975. i was sitting _ the evacuation of saigon in 1975. i was sitting at _ the evacuation of saigon in 1975. i was sitting at home _ the evacuation of saigon in 1975. i was sitting at home this _ the evacuation of saigon in 1975. i | was sitting at home this afternoon and my brother sent me this picture on what's up. the peerless are struggling —— this picture on whatsapp. the swiftness of the fall of afghanistan, just weeks ago,
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biden and premingerjohnson were both saying a taliban takeover was highly unlikely —— prime minister johnson. and here we are today, just nine days after their offences began, the taliban have taken over the whole country and the us is scrambling to evacuate 4000 staff, one of the biggest embassies it has in the world, and embarrassment for us and the americans. find in the world, and embarrassment for us and the americans.— in the world, and embarrassment for us and the americans. and rachel, if an one us and the americans. and rachel, if anyone was — us and the americans. and rachel, if anyone was in _ us and the americans. and rachel, if anyone was in any — us and the americans. and rachel, if anyone was in any doubt, _ us and the americans. and rachel, if anyone was in any doubt, there - us and the americans. and rachel, if anyone was in any doubt, there is - anyone was in any doubt, there is the picture evidence on the front page of the metro, a picture we have been carrying through the evening as well, of members of the presidential palace. well, of members of the presidential alace. ., , ., , well, of members of the presidential alace, ., , ., , , ~' palace. two usually striking -ictures palace. two usually striking pictures on _ palace. two usually striking pictures on the _ palace. two usually striking pictures on the front - palace. two usually striking pictures on the front of - palace. two usually striking pictures on the front of the | palace. two usually striking - pictures on the front of the metro tomorrow — pictures on the front of the metro tomorrow. the helicopter images dangers— tomorrow. the helicopter images dangers talking about there but also the image _ dangers talking about there but also the image of the taliban inside the presidential palace —— james was talking _ presidential palace —— james was talking about. a moment that, if you look talking about. a moment that, if you took at _ talking about. a moment that, if you look at some of the papers from today, _ look at some of the papers from today, for— look at some of the papers from today, for example, they were talking — today, for example, they were talking about how the taliban might
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be within— talking about how the taliban might be within couple within days, quicker— be within couple within days, quicker than they would have expected that to happen, then the allies— expected that to happen, then the allies would have expected, but they were stitt— allies would have expected, but they were still talking days, something were still talking days, something we might— were still talking days, something we might see later this week for stub but— we might see later this week for stub but actually within hours of opening — stub but actually within hours of opening the papers this morning, the stories— opening the papers this morning, the stories had _ opening the papers this morning, the stories had changed. the newswires were going nuts, twitter, rolling news _ were going nuts, twitter, rolling news on — were going nuts, twitter, rolling news on the television, and i think nobody— news on the television, and i think nobody expected that, and i think you can _ nobody expected that, and i think you can see that as of the coverage in all— you can see that as of the coverage in all the _ you can see that as of the coverage in all the papers tomorrow. it is on the front— in all the papers tomorrow. it is on the front page of every single paper, — the front page of every single paper, rightfully so, and all have covered — paper, rightfully so, and all have covered in— paper, rightfully so, and all have covered in slightly different, but i think— covered in slightly different, but i think the — covered in slightly different, but i think the metro have really captured this in— think the metro have really captured this in these two images here, this desperate — this in these two images here, this desperate bid to try to get people out of— desperate bid to try to get people out of the country and also showing that picture there, which as you say just sent _ that picture there, which as you say just sent out — that picture there, which as you say just sent out exactly what has happened, that the taliban are now inside _ happened, that the taliban are now inside the _ happened, that the taliban are now inside the presidential palace. that texas very neatly _ inside the presidential palace. that texas very neatly to _ inside the presidential palace. trisgt texas very neatly to the front page of financial times —— takes us.
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taliban on brick of taking over afghanistan as president fleas. ashraf ghani, who only to four hours ago was saying he was concentrating on security of the country, has now left the country, and he says because the taliban were entering the presidential palace. absolutely. he has apparently _ the presidential palace. absolutely. he has apparently fled to _ the presidential palace. absolutely. he has apparently fled to jicha - —— tojicha his flight is a failure of the afghan government for to one of your contributors earlier, a very good american colonel, said they have been terrible partners, they have been terrible partners, they have been usually corrupt, they have salted away millions of dollars poured into that country, they have relied so heavily on american might that the moment the military withdrew, they utterly crumbled some soldiers disappeared, policejust soldiers disappeared, police just completely soldiers disappeared, policejust completely melted into the background, and worst of all, the president, the head of the government, did a runner. and what
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more indication could you have of the uselessness of this government? i am not saying it is easy. perhaps the allies could have wished for more from the afghan government, on which it has spent so much money and shed so much blood and treasure in the past 20 years, but itjust collapse today and he shocked the world. .. ., ., collapse today and he shocked the world. ., ., , , world. rachel, one of the sub headlines _ world. rachel, one of the sub headlines in _ world. rachel, one of the sub headlines in the _ world. rachel, one of the sub headlines in the front - world. rachel, one of the sub headlines in the front page ofj world. rachel, one of the sub - headlines in the front page of the ft is washington's two decade military project ends in chaos, and thatis military project ends in chaos, and that is partly because the afghan government proved so desperately week. . ~' , ., government proved so desperately week. . ,, ., ., week. yeah, i think if you read into the papers — week. yeah, i think if you read into the papers further, _ week. yeah, i think if you read into the papers further, this _ week. yeah, i think if you read into the papers further, this is - week. yeah, i think if you read into the papers further, this is exactly l the papers further, this is exactly the papers further, this is exactly the analysis we're going to read in the analysis we're going to read in the papers — the analysis we're going to read in the papers today. just to bring it track— the papers today. just to bring it back to — the papers today. just to bring it back to the president fleeing there, you've _ back to the president fleeing there, you've also — back to the president fleeing there, you've also had another contributor on who _ you've also had another contributor on who is— you've also had another contributor on who is the agitation minister of his government —— education minister for stub— his government —— education minister for stub he _ his government —— education minister for stub he has not only left all
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these — for stub he has not only left all these afghan citizens but also his own government, who now concerned about _ own government, who now concerned about their— own government, who now concerned about their own lives and safety. will they— about their own lives and safety. will they be persecuted because they were part _ will they be persecuted because they were part of that government and still there? were part of that government and stillthere? i were part of that government and still there? i think this isjust a humanitarian crisis now and that's exactly— humanitarian crisis now and that's exactly what we are going to see in the next _ exactly what we are going to see in the next few days of.— the next few days of. rachel, i wonder if— the next few days of. rachel, i wonder if i _ the next few days of. rachel, i wonder if i could _ the next few days of. rachel, i wonder if i could take - the next few days of. rachel, i wonder if i could take you - the next few days of. rachel, i wonder if i could take you to i the next few days of. rachel, i l wonder if i could take you to the front page of the guardian? again, it devotes the front page almost entirely to afghanistan, a mention of haiti right at the top there, but it is one of its two front page stories, what is going to happen to women in afghanistan? and this is a real, realfear.— real, realfear. yeah, and 'ust that small clip on the h real, realfear. yeah, and 'ust that small clip on the front h real, realfear. yeah, andjust that small clip on the front page - real, realfear. yeah, andjust that small clip on the front page of- real, realfear. yeah, andjust that small clip on the front page of the | small clip on the front page of the guardian, — small clip on the front page of the guardian, quite a difficult read, even _ guardian, quite a difficult read, even the — guardian, quite a difficult read, even the small piece, a difficult read _ even the small piece, a difficult read but — even the small piece, a difficult read but a — even the small piece, a difficult read but a really important read, because — read but a really important read, because as — read but a really important read, because as you say, women in afghanistan, they have no idea if their— afghanistan, they have no idea if their lives— afghanistan, they have no idea if their lives will genetically change for stubble they be able to go to
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school _ for stubble they be able to go to school and college tomorrow, for example? — school and college tomorrow, for example? again, you had earlier the interview— example? again, you had earlier the interview with the taliban spokesman, who was speaking around how women— spokesman, who was speaking around how women will be able to carry on their education. that is something their education. that is something the taliban— their education. that is something the taliban wants. but when you hear this front _ the taliban wants. but when you hear this front line, you hear from people on— this front line, you hear from people on the ground, as are written on the _ people on the ground, as are written on the guardian here, women are genuinely— on the guardian here, women are genuinely scared for their safety, being _ genuinely scared for their safety, being threatened in the street, and feel their— being threatened in the street, and feel their lives are now turned upside — feel their lives are now turned upside down, and these are young women _ upside down, and these are young women as— upside down, and these are young women as well who grew up in an afghanistan where the... cannot remember— afghanistan where the... cannot remember very much living under the taliban— remember very much living under the taliban previously. this must be horrific— taliban previously. this must be horrific for — taliban previously. this must be horrific for them — theyjust don't know— horrific for them — theyjust don't know what— horrific for them — theyjust don't know what their future holds now. james. _ know what their future holds now. james. i'm — know what their future holds now. james, i'mjust taking know what their future holds now. james, i'm just taking a look at this piece in the guardian, and it is a first hand account by one young female resident describing the terror gripping kabul as the taliban sweep in, and we have spoken to
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young women during the day in afghanistan who say if they are young, they would not have known life under a taliban regime. you had a very moving _ life under a taliban regime. you had a very moving interview— life under a taliban regime. you had a very moving interview with - life under a taliban regime. you had a very moving interview with a - a very moving interview with a bbc correspondent who was an afghan woman from reading earlier, and she talks of the terror that is gripping women across the country. we have been hearing terrible stories, and actually the afghan spokesman being so glib and saying, of course it will be fine as long as they where the burqa, the fact they have become a media savvy makes them even more sinister in my eyes, but as we are hearing stories of 12 your girls being ripped from their families and sold to warriors as sex slaves. i have three daughters, and that absolutely shows my blood, that's her —— 12—year—old girls. we are hearing girls with white shoes being picked out by the taliban and beaten up picked out by the taliban and beaten up because the taliban flag is white and they perceive white shoes as
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disrespectful. that sort of insanity and terror under which they are putting women and girls is utterly reprehensible, and it shows our blood to think what may happen to the women in that country over the next months and years.— the women in that country over the next months and years. rachel, the front -a~e next months and years. rachel, the front page of _ next months and years. rachel, the front page of the — next months and years. rachel, the front page of the sun _ next months and years. rachel, the front page of the sun also _ next months and years. rachel, the front page of the sun also has the l front page of the sun also has the same story, and their headline is escape from kabul, and this is about british people but also americans and others who had been involved in the us—led coalition forces there, about them fleeing what the sun because the afghan hell. i about them fleeing what the sun because the afghan hell.- about them fleeing what the sun because the afghan hell. i think if ou look because the afghan hell. i think if you look on _ because the afghan hell. i think if you look on my — because the afghan hell. i think if you look on my just _ because the afghan hell. i think if you look on myjust now, - because the afghan hell. i think if you look on myjust now, just - because the afghan hell. i think if you look on myjust now, just a i you look on myjust now, just a couple minutes before he came on air, they were images from the airport— air, they were images from the airport and _ air, they were images from the airport and couple where there were hundreds or potentially thousands of people _ hundreds or potentially thousands of people just trying to get to flights _ people just trying to get to flights. there is a desperate need
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to try— flights. there is a desperate need to try and — flights. there is a desperate need to try and get people out of the country— to try and get people out of the country now, and the uk, the us, other— country now, and the uk, the us, other countries, france, germany, are all— other countries, france, germany, are all operating their own system to try— are all operating their own system to try to— are all operating their own system to try to get their nationals out of the country, but again as the sun mentions — the country, but again as the sun mentions as well, there were interpreters who worked for the western — interpreters who worked for the western allies during this as well who need... the government need to look at _ who need... the government need to look at them — who need... the government need to look at them and get them out of the country _ look at them and get them out of the country. they missed everything, their— country. they missed everything, their safety, their family's safety, and they— their safety, their family's safety, and they should be got somewhere safe~ _ and they should be got somewhere safe~ how— and they should be got somewhere safe. how much at risk are they now? -- they— safe. how much at risk are they now? -- they risked — safe. how much at risk are they now? —— they risked everything for that is what _ —— they risked everything for that is what we — —— they risked everything for that is what we will hearing more about in the _ is what we will hearing more about in the coming days, this crisis. that is— in the coming days, this crisis. that is what we need to hear more from _ that is what we need to hear more from boris — that is what we need to hear more from borisjohnson that is what we need to hear more from boris johnson about, joe from borisjohnson about, joe biden, about— from borisjohnson about, joe biden, about what they're going to do. not only to _ about what they're going to do. not only to get — about what they're going to do. not only to get their nationals out, those — only to get their nationals out, those who— only to get their nationals out, those who work at their embassies out, but _ those who work at their embassies out, but this is going to last a lot longer— out, but this is going to last a lot longer than that. there are a lot of more people relying on these governments, and that is something the sun— governments, and that is something the sun touches on as well.-
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the sun touches on as well. james, we have been _ the sun touches on as well. james, we have been talking _ the sun touches on as well. james, we have been talking to _ the sun touches on as well. james, we have been talking to people - we have been talking to people during the day you have said there will be a humanitarian crisis, there is one building up now, and the west cannot stand to one side, the international community cannot stand to one side and do nothing. absolutely for stub it is particularly, we are largely to blame for this catastrophe that is engulfing the country. i heard a shocking report from unicef that 500 children in afghanistan have been killed this year alone. we're only in the eighth month of year. and trinder 2000 refugees are in afghanistan, and rachel is right —— there are 360 refugees. the airport is chaos. giant planes cannot take off because so many people of russia on and so many evil or standing that it is not safe and it is too heavy to take off, and this is i'm afraid going to be a story we read a lot about in the next few months, and i urge the british government, and i hope against hope, that we are
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generous in giving haven to many, many of these refugees. i think we have treated refugees appallingly under this government, but i hope we show more compassion and more humanity to the people we have so dreadfully let down here. they deserve real, real compassion from us. deserve real, real compassion from us, ., . ., deserve real, real compassion from us. ., , ., deserve real, real compassion from us. ., y., . ., us. rachel, would you echo that sentiment _ us. rachel, would you echo that sentiment about _ us. rachel, would you echo that sentiment about refugees? - us. rachel, would you echo that| sentiment about refugees? yes, absolutely. _ sentiment about refugees? yes, absolutely. l _ sentiment about refugees? yes, absolutely, i think— sentiment about refugees? yes, absolutely, i think this _ sentiment about refugees? yes, absolutely, i think this is - sentiment about refugees? yes, absolutely, i think this is nothing i do nothing anybody could argue against — i do nothing anybody could argue against -- — i do nothing anybody could argue against. —— some thing i do not think _ against. —— some thing i do not think. there's not anybody who is going _ think. there's not anybody who is going to be — think. there's not anybody who is going to be untouched by those images — going to be untouched by those images and people fling with their children. — images and people fling with their children, trying to get on planes. this is, _ children, trying to get on planes. this is, as — children, trying to get on planes. this is, as was said there, the uk, the us, _ this is, as was said there, the uk, the us, they've all been in there — we are _ the us, they've all been in there — we are living — the us, they've all been in there — we are living in a position where, the country— we are living in a position where, the country is not in a position where — the country is not in a position where we would've liked to see it in before _ where we would've liked to see it in before the — where we would've liked to see it in before the troops came out, and i thing _ before the troops came out, and i thing this— before the troops came out, and i thing this will be something that weird _ thing this will be something that weird discussing for weeks and months — weird discussing for weeks and months to come now. gk, weird discussing for weeks and months to come now.- weird discussing for weeks and months to come now. ok, this has been such —
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months to come now. ok, this has been such an _ months to come now. ok, this has been such an office _ months to come now. ok, this has been such an office in a _ months to come now. ok, this has been such an office in a story, - months to come now. ok, this has been such an office in a story, but| been such an office in a story, but there are some other stories —— something we are discussing. let me take you to the daily telegraph. it of course has afghanistan, but it is also covering one of the major stories domestically, related to the plymouth shooting, and, james, this is about social media checks for gun owners. ~ , ,., y is about social media checks for gun owners. ~ ,,., , ., ., owners. absolutely. you are right. on any other day, _ owners. absolutely. you are right. on any other day, this _ owners. absolutely. you are right. on any other day, this is _ owners. absolutely. you are right. on any other day, this is definitely the lead, and to have a foreign story leading in all the red tops as well of the broadsheets is most unusual, but it underlines the sheer magnitude of the afghanistan story, but this gun law story really is interesting. the telegraph is suggesting police forces will be ordered to check social media accounts of people who want to review all mac renew their gun licenses. do you know we have seven or 20,000 gun licenses in this country? —— 720,000? that is an expert in every number, but i think
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it is absolutely right we checked these accounts. davison, the man who committed that terrible atrocity, if they looked online at his social media accounts, it will reveal an obsession with the appalling incel movement but also with the 1987 massacre. this was an accident waiting to happen, and if the police had been able to go in and search his accounts, maybe they would not have are new to his licence just weeks ago. have are new to his licence 'ust weeks agmfi have are new to his licence 'ust weeks agefi have are new to his licence 'ust weeksaao. ,._ ., weeks ago. rachel, the story has a home office _ weeks ago. rachel, the story has a home office source, _ weeks ago. rachel, the story has a home office source, saying - weeks ago. rachel, the story has a home office source, saying they i home office source, saying they are bringing forward new guidance to improve how people applying for a firearms licence... 0ne improve how people applying for a firearms licence... one wonders what sort of assessment has been going on until now. ., sort of assessment has been going on until now. . .. , ., until now. yeah, exactly, and i think i until now. yeah, exactly, and i think i echo — until now. yeah, exactly, and i think i echo the _ until now. yeah, exactly, and i think i echo the sentiments - until now. yeah, exactly, and i. think i echo the sentiments there james _ think i echo the sentiments there james made on this, and i think this is something we should be looking at updating these restrictions and these — updating these restrictions and these gun laws for the modern day and taking — these gun laws for the modern day and taking social media into account
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here _ and taking social media into account here. you just have to look at some of the _ here. you just have to look at some of the stuff that was taken down very quickly from james davison's account, — very quickly from james davison's account, his youtube was shutdown after the _ account, his youtube was shutdown after the horrific tragedy last week, — after the horrific tragedy last week, but if police had managed to look at _ week, but if police had managed to look at them, if someone had checked them, _ look at them, if someone had checked them, but _ look at them, if someone had checked them, but they have approved that lui'i them, but they have approved that gun licence? i think the answer we would _ gun licence? i think the answer we would also — gun licence? i think the answer we would also suggest is no, he would not have _ would also suggest is no, he would not have got something if they had checked _ not have got something if they had checked i— not have got something if they had checked. i think it is... we need to have _ checked. i think it is... we need to have that _ checked. i think it is... we need to have that discussion about it, because — have that discussion about it, because again i was shocked there were _ because again i was shocked there were so— because again i was shocked there were so many gun licenses in the uk, i were so many gun licenses in the uk, i don't _ were so many gun licenses in the uk, i don't yet _ were so many gun licenses in the uk, i don't yet there would be so many issued _ i don't yet there would be so many issued i_ i don't yet there would be so many issued. i know nobody who owns a gun, _ issued. i know nobody who owns a gun. i_ issued. i know nobody who owns a gun. i did — issued. i know nobody who owns a gun, i did not realise there would be so _ gun, i did not realise there would be so many— gun, i did not realise there would be so many licenses, and ethic it is something — be so many licenses, and ethic it is something we need to look at. gk, something we need to look at. ok, 'ust briefl something we need to look at. ok, just briefly before we something we need to look at. (zjk, just briefly before we go, we have discussed two theories heavy stories, i'm going to lighten the mood very slightly. a little nip at the bottom of the telegraph, the unstoppable rise of the vegan menu. james, you mentioned you had three daughters. got any vegans?- james, you mentioned you had three daughters. got any vegans? know, but
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i have not daughters. got any vegans? know, but i have got four — daughters. got any vegans? know, but i have got four vegetarians _ daughters. got any vegans? know, but i have got four vegetarians in - daughters. got any vegans? know, but i have got four vegetarians in this - i have got four vegetarians in this house. i am totally outnumbered! if i even suggest having a lamb chop, i am hit with daggers from my three doctors and my wife — quite rightly, i might say, because... even though i might say, because... even though i am not a vegan or vegetarian myself, i absolutely applaud them, i think they doing trillions stuff and they are taking great stand to help they are taking great stand to help the environment. did you know veganism has quadrupled in this country in the last five years? and i could see it on the in increase. young people are really taking this issue, by the horns. they are really, really, really taking this issue on and i think it is terrific. it is going to make a huge difference to this planet. rachel, i'm free difference to this planet. rachel, in free to _ —— on to ask you the same question but at 11:30 p:m.. james and rachel will be back at 11:30pm for another look at the papers. bye—bye for now.
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let's return to the main story of the day, the taliban advance on kabul, ending a stunning sweep across the country that has seen afghanistan's government all but collapse in a number of weeks. the bbcjournalist zarghuna kargar is from afghanistan and she's been speaking to residents in both kabul and jalalabad. she described the situation there as "total chaos". people are worried, people are scared. i have been speaking mostly with women, they are terrified of what is coming next for them. i was just speaking to one of my friends who lives in kabul. this morning, she went to the bank to get some money. she has been trying to leave the city for a while and unfortunately she wasn't able to leave today. she went to the bank and the bank said, "you can go home, there is no money in the bank." she said, "when i came out of the bank, the streets were empty
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and people were getting out of the cars and running back home." she said she went home and she feels so hopeless. it is heartbreaking to speak to my friends, my friends who have worked so hard in the last 20 years to progress, to get education, to learn, to help the society, to help the community. the morale is so low and it is just so sad. i have also been speaking to mothers of army families, and one mother told me that her son, who was guarding the jalalabad airport, she can't make contact with him. she hasn't been able to phone him, he is not answering. they are telling her he might be safe, but it is heartbreaking to not know where your child is and how your child is doing. and she said that since this morning, she is hearing planes going over kabul, they live very close to the airport, and she felt
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that everyone is leaving and they are left behind, abandoned. terrible scenes and terrible stories. do you think that this fear in this time of tremendous uncertainty, is this fear strongest among women? very much. women were the main victims of the taliban regime. of the mujahideen regime. they lost so much, there are so many widows in kabul, there are so many women who worked hard to build a community of educated women. there were so many girls going to school. they don't know what the next minute holds for them. are they able to go to school tomorrow? they don't know. are they able to be allowed to go to university? they don't know.
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as we hear from some provinces, some women were told to go back from the universities by the taliban when they have taken over. so there is a sense of fear, and when you see everyone leaving, it is just heartbreaking and it is like really scary. i have been there myself when, in the �*90s, i was a kid and my father held onto our home and to what we had and he said it was going to be fine, the mujahideen are coming and it will be fine, there will be jobs and there will be a life for us. and we saw all his friends leaving. some of them went to russia, some went to india, we were left behind. sometimes my mother still blames my father for all the suffering we went through. we became displaced two times in afghanistan, then we went to pakistan and became refugees, and finally we made it to england, we are very lucky. but we were a bit late, and when you hold onto things, and i speak to so many of my friends and they are in exactly the same position that
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i was in the �*90s as a child, and it isjust so heartbreaking not to be able to go back to your home, not to be able to sleep in your own bed as a child. and i have been there and it is so hard to keep hopes high or to keep the momentum of feeling that it is going to be fine. the events of today and this past week are clearly stirring up a lot of memories and emotions for you. among the people that you have been talking to, is there any sense, any realistic sense, that the taliban might perhaps have changed from the regime in the �*90s, or are people highly sceptical? highly sceptical. especially women. it's just like seeing the realities and hearing from people, hearing from the women in provinces.
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just a few weeks ago, i spoke to a woman artist in kabul, and she was telling me that in her province where the taliban had entered, midwives, who are an essential workforce to look after the mothers and babies, they were not allowed to go to work. so how can they trust a force like this, that we see examples and hear women being forcefully married and sold and stopped from education? how can they trust? it will be very hard to see the reality and see what is coming next is going to change. how have they changed? in the last few weeks, all i have heard from the people i have been speaking to, they say the taliban haven't changed, they are more savvy, they are more scary, and we feel like they are coming with the same force that they came in the �*90s. so you feel a very long way from afghanistan.
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i should say that you are speaking to us from the uk at the moment, but you are in touch with people there. what are you going to do? are you going to keep in touch with people to try and reassure them? as an afghan and as an afghan woman who has dedicated her life for work of education of girls and women, i will try to help them get out because i don't know. they feel scared, they feel terrified, they feel, "i will not be able to do what i did." today, in one family, i see five young men are losing jobs. they were all working for the kabul police, the military, so you can imagine how the cycle of poverty is coming. they don't know if they will be allowed to work in the police force again, or will they be able
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to move freely in kabul? it is very, very hard to keep feelings apart from what is going on in my country. that was the bbc�*s zarghuna kargar, speaking to me a bit earlier. before we go, there's just time to update you on some of the other stories this hour. haiti's civil protection service has said that at least 724 died in saturday's massive earthquake. the powerful 7.2 magnitude quake flattened homes, churches and schools. hospitals have left overwhelmed and in need of supplies. the disaster compounds the problems facing haiti which is already dealing with a political crisis following the assassination of its president last month. thousands of people in israel have been evacuated from their homes as wildfires broke out in forested hills to the west ofjerusalem. firefighting planes and helicopters have supported firefighters battling the blaze. no serious injuries have been reported.
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thick smoke blotted out the sun in the late afternoon injerusalem. officials say they do not believe the fire will reach the city. you are watching bbc news. time for the weather now with ben rich. hello there. cloud features prominently in our forecast for this week. with the mostly cloudy conditions come some pretty cool conditions for this time of year as well. it will often, if not always, be dry. this is how we start off monday. quite a windy start to the day, especially for north sea coasts. lots of cloud around generally, the odd shower here and there, but some sunshine developing in eastern scotland and down the eastern side of england. further west, we will keep hold of the cloud. while the winds will ease a bit through the day, it will stay quite breezy, and temperatures generally will be a bit below par, 17, 18, 19, maybe 20 degrees. through the evening into the night, we will see this area of rain pushing in from the north—west.
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that will get down to england and wales by the end of the night, but with it, notice all of this mist and murk and low cloud working in, especially into western coasts and hills, and we are going to keep a lot of that through the middle part of the week. rather cloudy through tuesday into wednesday, rather cool as well, but most places will stay dry.
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a welcome to newsday, reporting a live from singapore, i'm karishma vaswani. the headlines. taliban fighters enter the presidential palace in kabul as they retake the afghan capital — 20 years after being forced from power. their arrival sparks an exodus from the city — as afghans head towards the border — and president ghani flees the country. embassies are closing — diplomats are flying out — leaving afghan civilians — and former top officials fearing what lies ahead. imight i might face consequences that i never even dream dull. bind
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