Ghani dug in in a fenced off Kabul

Ghani dug in in a fenced off Kabul

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Ghani dug in in a fenced off Kabul

Ghani dug in in a fenced off Kabul

A commercial plane is preparing to take off yesterday from Kabul along with two United States military aircraft. / AFP

The rebels continue their unstoppable advance, reaching the center of the second city of the country, Mazar-e-Sharif, and surrounding the capital

The announcement of a televised message from Ashraf Ghani to the nation yesterday set off alarms about a possible resignation of the Afghan president. Quite the opposite. After the loss of control of 21 of the 34 provincial capitals of the country, the last the strategic Mazar-e-Sharif, and with the Taliban at the gates of Kabul, Ghani went before the cameras to announce that “I have initiated consultations” that “advance rapidly” in the Government, with political leaders, international partners, to find “a political solution that brings peace and stability to the Afghan people.”