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hello and welcome to our viewers here in the united states and all around the world. appreciate your company. i'm michael holmes. coming up here on "cnn newsroom," scenes of chaos in afghanistan as people clamor to be evacuated. america's longest war ends in collapse. and afghanistan's president has fled the country as the taliban take kabul. we'll take a look back at his complicated legacy. plus cnn on the ground in les
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haiti where the death toll is climbing from a devastating earthquake. welcome, everyone. the afghan army has collapsed. the central government has fallen. and if nothing changes, the taliban look to be the new rulers of afghanistan. the militants racked up a blistering advance against major cities over the weekend, ending in the surrender of kabul. ousted president ashraf ghani fled the country, and this video that you're looking at from al jazeera shows heavily armed taliban looking very comfortable in the presidential palace. now, the u.s. military's withdrawal set up the taliban takeover. the u.s. says all of its embassy personnel have been evacuated to the airport, and many other countries have followed suit. this was the kabul green zone earlier. the former hub of military and
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diplomatic activity now a ghost town. but things have been very different at the airport. [ sound of gunfire ] gunfire ringing out earlier as these crowds raced to try to catch a flight out of kabul. too many people and not enough planes. it was a chaotic scene the night before too as you can see there. this is the tarmac, not outside the airport by the way. the u.s. says up to 6,000 u.s. troops have now secured the airport to help americans leave. america's top diplomat defending the administration's decision to withdraw troops from afghanistan as kabul's fall sparks strong criticism. secretary of state antony blinken also rejecting any comparisons between the scenes unfolding in the afghan capital and those seen in saigon in 1975 at the end of the vietnam war. those two images there, though,
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visually at least, tell a different story. cnn's jake tapper asked blinken about that on sunday. >> reporter: president biden is intent on avoiding a saigon moment. that's a reference, of course, to the hasty and humiliating evacuation from vietnam. but with this troop surge to air lift americans out of afghanistan, aren't we already in the midst of a saigon moment? >> no, we're not. remember, this is not saigon. we went to afghanistan 20 years ago with one mission. and that was to deal with the folks who attacked us on 9/11. and we have succeeded in that mission. the objective that we set, bringing those who attacked us to justice, making sure that they couldn't attack us again from afghanistan, we've succeeded in that mission. and in fact we succeeded a while ago. and at the same time, remaining in afghanistan for another one, five, ten years is not in the national interest. you know, the british were there for a long time in the 19th century. the russians were there for a long time in the 20th century.
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we've now been there twice as long as the russians, and how that's in our national interest, i don't see. >> cnn's anna coren has reported extensively from afghanistan, including a recent trip there. she joins me now from hong kong for the latest on the taliban takeover. anna, what do we know about what's happening at street level right now in kabul and, importantly, what the next few days might bring? >> reporter: michael, from the people that i am speaking to on the ground who have woken up to a kabul now controlled by the taliban, they say that it is relatively peaceful, that they can see taliban members roaming the streets. some shops are open. traffic is quite limited, but most people are staying at home. the person that i spoke to in particular who, you know, has worked with us at cnn over the years, i mean he is terrified as to what will happen to him and
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his family. he has received threats over the past months, years. now the taliban are in control. what's to say that they are going to honor their word, that they will forgive everybody who worked for foreign organizations, for the u.s. military? you know, no one is taking the taliban at face value. michael, i just learned as well that a security chat that was being administered by the ministry of interior, that has now been taken over by the taliban. so a message went out a short time ago saying that the taliban were going to be sending members to the airport to get rid of those -- those people who have rushed there without visas, without paperwork so that they can get the flights back up and running. that is what i was hearing from our sources on the ground. >> right. as you said at the beginning,
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you and i have both spent time in afghanistan over the years, gotten to know the people. life for them is definitely going to change. it's a question of how much it will change. do you hear from people who fear that what has been gained in freedoms over 20 years is now lost? >> reporter: look, for women in particular, it is absolutely terrifying. you know, the gains that they have made in the last 20 years, you know, are extraordinary. you've got women walking the streets, you know, just in hijabs, in head scarves. they are going to work. they are members -- or they were members, i should say, of the government, of the police force. they were teachers, doctors. i mean what is going to happen to all these women, let alone the girls, the millions of girls who have received an education, who have then gone on to university? you know, when i was there last month, michael, i spent time with a young journalism student at kabul university, and she said, i want to be a journalist like you. you know, what hope does she
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have? you know, she doesn't have a visa to get out of afghanistan. you know, as far as she knows, she is going to be confined to her home, and when she goes out, she will have to wear a burka and accompanied by a male relative. i mean you are talking about sending women's rights back to the dark ages. >> there is an entire generation of young people there who have grown up without the taliban, who their future is uncertain. anna coren, good to see you, my friend. thanks for that. now, one person who has been noticeably absent so far, u.s. president joe biden. instead, officials from his administration have been doing the talking for him. but a senior official says mr. biden will address the nation in the next few days. cnn's jeremy diamond with more from washington. >> reporter: well, as the u.s.-backed government of afghanistan crumbled in kabul on sunday and the taliban swept into the presidential palace, president joe biden was nowhere
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to be seen or heard. instead, it was secretary of state tony blinken who is the administration's top spokesman on this issue. and for the first time, admitting that the u.s. at a minimum miscalculated the situation in afghanistan, saying that he expected that the u.s. administration expected that those afghan security forces who have been trained and equipped for nearly two decades now by the united states, that they crumbled in the face of this taliban offensive far quicker than the united states expected. he said more quickly than we anticipated were the words of tony blinken. as for the president, plans are under way for him to address the nation at some point in the coming days. but it's not clear yet exactly when. the president on sunday was at the presidential retreat at camp david, where you can see in this picture the president on sunday morning alone at camp david at this big conference table. but on the screen in front of him, you can see the secretary of defense, the secretary of state, as well as the national security adviser and dozens of
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other national security officials in washington and around the world. certainly the white house's effort to show that he is on top of the situation even as we were seeing this pretty chaotic scene unfolding in the streets of kabul and certainly at the airport where foreigners as well as afghanis were trying to flee the country as the taliban entered the country. of course this question of a miscalculation is something that the president will have to address. here's president biden just over a month ago talking about the fact that he believed a taliban taking over afghanistan was highly unlikely. >> the afghan troops have 300,000 well-equipped, as well equipped as any army in the world and an air force against something like 75,000 taliban. it is not inevitable. the jury is still out, but the likelihood there's going to be the taliban overrunning everything and owning the whole country is highly unlikely.
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>> reporter: now, officials have made clear that president biden has not had second thoughts about his decision to withdraw u.s. troops from afghanistan. but clearly the security situation rapidly deteriorating in that country. not only did the president on saturday decide to send an additional 1,000 troops on top of the 3,000 that he had ordered in the day before, but on sunday, the department of defense announcing that another 1,000 troops will go to afghanistan. that will bring the total u.s. troops in afghanistan to 6,000 to assist with securing the airport in kabul and assisting with the evacuation of u.s. personnel as well as many of those special immigrant visa applicants, some of those afghan translators, for example, who have helped the u.s. military and are now desperately trying to get out of that country. so certainly a rapidly unfolding situation, and the president expected to address the nation in the coming days. jeremy diamond, cnn, the white house. cnn political and national security analyst david sanger
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joins me now. he's also a white house and national security correspondent for "the new york times." david, great to have your analysis on this. what got me was the administration has been pushing back on comparisons to saigon, yet helicopters have literally been ferrying u.s. diplomats and staff to the airport. they've been shredding documents, taking down flags. chaos at the airport. i mean it's not saigon maybe, but it's certainly a pretty embarrassing exit, isn't it? >> it certainly is, michael. it's not saigon because they were able to do this in a somewhat more orderly way in which there actually has been very few signs of people being killed in the streets of kabul, at least so far, and we should consider that to be good news. but, you know, it was only a few months ago that president biden himself raised with his aides in the oval office the fact that they needed to avoid the imagery of a panicked departure from kabul. and if you think about what he
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said only five weeks ago, it's pretty clear that he did not see this coming. he said on july 8th that there was no way that you were going to see a hurried departure from the american embassy in afghanistan. he said that he believed that the afghan security forces were far stronger and far more capable than the taliban. that may have been the case, but they didn't use that capability. they basically picked up and surrendered. and thus an event that biden thought he had maybe 18 months to worry about happened in a matter of weeks and days. >> exactly. i found it interesting, too, the secretary of state, antony blinken, insisting that the afghan mission was successful. you know, if the mission was to stop, you know, a terror attack from afghanistan for 20 years, that's fine. but in what other universe was it a success as the taliban
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takes over and drives around kabul in american humvees other than societal gains, which now almost certainly will be lost? >> right. a good number of them were lost prior to this time. you know, i think the core of the biden argument has three elements to it. one of them is no sense in continuing a war that you are not likely to win. in other words, biden has said staying an additional year or five years isn't likely to have any different result. i think the second argument that you've been hearing from them is that the afghans have to be able to go defend themselves, and the united states can't be in a position of wanting to defend the country more than the afghan forces do. the third argument that you're hearing, and perhaps the most potent one to american voters, is this isn't the battle we need to be fighting right now.
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we need to be thinking about competitiveness with china. we need to be thinking about china's expansionary visions in the indo-pacific. we need to think about russian disruptions. we don't need to get involved in the middle of a civil war. but that said, the imagery of this experiment coming unwound so quickly because they didn't sequence correctly how they got people, including interpreters, out of the country, how they got forces out of the country, how they got diplomats out of the country -- that's pretty embarrassing. >> yeah, and certainly the interpreters, which has been a sort of passion of mine for years now. a lot of them, thousands will probably die because of this. to that point, i wanted to ask you, the u.s. and others talk about their unwavering commitment to the afghan people. but is that kind of meaningless now? i mean the afghan people are essentially on their own now, aren't they?
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>> pretty much. i mean first is our duty of care for those people who worked for the united states or worked for journalistic o'rganizations. they've made use of many afghan interpreters and fixers and others. somebody has got to make sure they get out. and what happened was that only 2,000 had really been removed from afghanistan out of a population that's probably ten times that by the time kabul fell. so they're behind the eight ball on that. the big question about why an embassy of 4,000, including 1,400 americans, wasn't dramatically reduced in size much earlier since everybody's known since february of 2020 when president trump signed his deal that we were getting out. >> seems to be a dearth of organization and planning. i do -- i do fear for those translators and fixers and
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others, some of whom just couldn't get to kabul in time. david, going to leave it there unfortunately. david sanger, really appreciate it. >> great to be with you. thanks so much, michael. still to come here on the program, afghanistan's president has fled the country as the taliban took kabul. we'll take a look back at what is a complicated legacy. ♪ payday, payday♪ ♪
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welcome back. now, with the taliban seizing power, the fate of afghan women and girls, of course, hangs in the balance now as we've been discussing, as do the hard-fought freedoms and rights they've had. now, there's concern the militants will reintroduce their misogynistic and archaic rule from the '90s. girls and women were barred from almost all work, the right to vote, and access to education. one activist says it is already happening again. >> i came to afghanistan to be the voice of the voiceless women of my country. all of those women that they are living in the provinces of afghanistan all the way back in the districts, and nobody hears their voices, and they are in dire need of help. they are poor. they are not educated. the children are dying because they're sick. >> now, since the u.s. ousted
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the taliban 20 years ago, thousands of girls just like these have attended school. many went to university, got great jobs. but in recent months, of course, human rights groups have been documenting that women are being blocked or heavily dissuaded at least from getting an education in taliban-controlled areas. and if they do, it's religious studies only. as cnn's clarissa ward has reported, this could be the beginning of a rollback in all of those gains for women's rights that have been made over two decades. >> reporter: i've been talking to some of the women in this room, and i promised that i wouldn't show any of their faces. but it's interesting because, you know, the taliban talks a lot about how it's changed and girls can go to school now. but i asked if any of these girls would be going to school, and i was told, absolutely not. girls don't go to school. and when i said, why don't girls
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go to school, they said, taliban says it's bad. >> joining me now is pashtana durrani. she's an activist as well as the founder and executive director of learn, a nonprofit focusing on girls' education. it's good to see you again. i'm sorry about the circumstances. the taliban say they will respect the rights of women and girls can go to school. that is open to massive interpretation, which rights of course. what is your expectation and your fear? >> thank you for having me. i -- first of all, i want to highlight the fact that i'm not afraid. i'm not afraid for the fact that i'm educated. i know my rights, even if it's not in their dictionary, there are rights for women and for girls and for afghanistan. the second thing is the thing that get me worried and things that i'm expecting right now is for them to accept that general education matters, girls getting
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into school, studying up until grade 12 and then pursuing a professional education is important and should be accepted and should have been something that should have been acceptable now and in the past. these are the expectations i have, and we have to push for those. >> for the girls that you're talking to, do they fear they won't be allowed to go to school? i mean what will they be allowed to study outside of religious class? go to school, but to what age? i mean what are girls telling you? you know, 20 years of education might be for nothing. >> i cannot begin to show you the twitter messages i keep on getting from my university fellows, from the students i have worked with. all my dreams, all my goals are -- i'm unable to pursue them. all for nothing. all for nothing. this is the word that kept on -- like the sentence kept on repeating in my head last night. so all these girls, all these
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people who have been to universities, who have seen universities, who have seen school, who know that there is a world beyond conflict, right, they want to pursue their education. so i'm worried about those girls, and this is not just me, my demand or my ask. there are millions of girls who are asking the same thing. they're just too afraid to ask because the way they've been treated in the past. >> i heard you say earlier today that you'd been weeping the whole day. are you worried about your own safety? you say you're not afraid, but are you worried about your own safety or the safety of others like you who have been vocal in supporting women's rights? >> see, my eyes are swollen from tears. i haven't -- i don't have any more tears left in me, so i'm just mourning my country right now just by being vocal right now. see, the thing is that right now, afghanistan is on the verge of another, what do we call it, going back in the '90s, right?
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i am worried about the women who are vocal but more worried about the girls who cannot talk, who don't have platform, who cannot represent themselves. i am vocal. there are many like me vocal, who will get -- but then there are girls who don't have access to media or international platform, who cannot access their schools. i'm worried about those girls more because that's the statute of limitations. those are the girls that we should be talking about, we should be worried about because nobody's going to raise their voice. they cannot raise their voice. those are the girls that we should be talking about and we should be attentive. they are losing their rights. >> the thing is that, you know, there is a generation of young people. anyone who is 20 or under who have grown up not personally knowing taliban rule. how might those young people react to the restrictions which are almost certainly coming? >> the majority of the people are fleeing. i was talking yesterday to my staff member, and he tells me he's around 21, he just
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graduated, and he tells me like for the first time, i saw these people, and i'm not ready in front of them. i want to leave. another staff member keeps on telling me, i went three all this in the '90s. i don't want my son to go through this, so get me out as soon as possible. these people, they don't want to stay. they know the horrifying stories. they see that is one day, but living is every day. they don't want to live in a restricted area where everything is policed, everything has to be told in accordance to what others think, and if you question them, if you ask for the right, your throat will be slit. you have to understand the taliban don't have a very good track of keeping their word at the moment or in the past. so even from yesterday, they have changed their presence like a million times. so we have to understand the fact people will react, but by fleeing, by being vocal about it, by doing anything and
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everything so they don't have to abide by the rules of the taliban. >> you are an eloquent and courageous advocate, and i thank you very much for your passion and your bravery. pashtana durr aann, thank you. >> thank you for having me. former president ashraf ghani said he felt that leaving the country was the best choice. quote, in order to avoid the flood of bloodshed. and for that he's being slammed by critics and former political allies alike for abandoning his country. nic robertson takes a look back at the legacy he leaves. >> reporter: long before reaching kabul, the taliban were warning afghan president ashraf ghani his days in leadership were running out.
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in recent days, as the taliban closed in in kabul, ghani's silence finally signaled his concerns. his administration unprepared just as the afghan people were looking for leadership, and international allies waiting for a plan. it was just saturday with only a few cities left under government control, the rest seized by the taliban during their rapid advance, that ghani finally addressed the nation. >> translator: i will do my best to prevent this imposed war on the afghan people result in further killing of innocent people, loss of your achievements over the last 20 years, destruction of public infrastructure and prolonged instability. >> reporter: notably, he didn't resign, something the taliban had been demanding for months, but said he was in urgent talks with local leaders and international partners. the embattled president not
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seeming to grasp with the taliban staring down on the capital, the army not willing to fight, that he had little power to do anything but leave. one of the last blows to his presidency, the fall of stronghold mazar-i-sharif. he visited the city earlier in the week to try to rally support, which was rapidly eroding across the country. it's a bitter outcome for the former world bank employee, who gave up his u.s. citizenship after the september 11th attacks to return to afghanistan to help rebuild his home country. he became afghanistan's president in 2014, following two terms in office by hamid karzai, who led the country after the fall of the taliban in 2001. but ghani came to power in a contested vote where he was accused of voter fraud. the u.s. eventually brokered a
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power-sharing deal with a rival in which ghani was declared president. one of his last acts before leaving kabul sunday, a security call to appeal for calm. >> translator: i have guided the defense ministry to take full responsibility for the security of all residents. secondly, those people that are making noise about rioting, looting, and killing people, we will deal with them with full force. >> reporter: ghani's critics, who have long believed him to be too controlling, blasted his departure, saying he abandoned his country to a dire future. >> translator: god will hold him accountable and the people of afghanistan will also judge him. >> reporter: afghanistan's acting defense minister tweeting, they tied our hands behind our backs and sold the homeland. damn the rich man and his gang.
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ghani always had a contentious relationship with the taliban. they viewed him as a puppet of the americans. on social media, ghani said he left to avoid further bloodshed. but in the end, he ran before the taliban took control, potentially escaping the fate of a previously deposed afghan president whose beaten, lifeless body ended up hanging from a pole. nic robertson, cnn. coming up here on cnn, afghan civilians have the most to lose with the taliban takeover. thousands have already fled the violence this year. we'll have more on their plight when we come back. ♪ payday, payday♪ ♪ ♪ monday, payday♪ ♪ tuesday, payday♪ ♪ wednesday, payday♪ ♪ thursday, payday♪ ♪ friday, payday♪ ♪ saturday, payday♪ ♪ sunday, payday♪ ♪ ♪ payday, payday♪
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welcome back to our viewers here in the united states and all around the world. i'm michael holmes. you're watching "cnn newsroom." our top story, of course, the race to leave kabul as the taliban take over. the militants wrapping up a blistering advance against major cities, ending up in the afghan capital. the central government has collapsed. the ousted president, ashraf ghani, has fled the country. this video from al jazeera shows
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heavily armed taliban fighters lounging comfortably in the presidential palace. now, the taliban's descent on kabul triggered panic. this was the scene at kabul's airport earlier. gunfire rang out as crowds rushed to catch a flight out of kabul. there were way too many people and not enough flights. a different scene in the green zone. the u.s. and other countries evacuating their embassy staff, and this former hub of diplomatic and military activity a ghost town. afghan civilians are already paying the price of a taliban takeover, losing their homes, belongings, and security. the u.n. says there are already 5 million internally displaced afghan civilians and more than 550,000 have lost their homes this year alone. neighboring pakistan has already taken in more than 1 million afghan refugees. meanwhile, turkey's president says the country will work with
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pakistan to help stabilize afghanistan and prevent a new wave of afghan migrants. for more regional reaction, cnn's arwa damon joins me from istanbul, turkey. but first let's get to sophia saffie in islamabad, pakistan. pakistan has long had an interest in afghanistan. the haqqani network is in pakistan. other taliban representatives too, fighters crisscross across the border. what will be pakistan's role now the taliban is going to be running afghanistan again? >> reporter: well, i think, michael, what's happening right now in pakistan is that its leaders, both civilian and military, are very concerned. they've said it consistently about what's going to happen with the pakistan taliban. now, we know according to -- you know, we do know that the pakistan taliban, which have known to operate out of afghanistan, have been responsible for a lot of attacks here in pakistan. and we also know, like you said,
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is that pakistan has had its own relationship with the afghan taliban. there's always been that dichotomy. the question is now arising who are the good and bad taliban anymore? i mean, you know, cnn interviewed the head of the pakistan taliban recently to talk about, you know, whether they'll have better relations with the afghan taliban, and they said that they would. so the concerns here in pakistan are about security, about what this new relationship with the afghan taliban is going to be now that they have so much more power and they don't really need to depend on pakistan to operate as an intermediary. pakistan has also said that it's unfair the way the u.s. has just left without a settlement. there's a major meeting planned this afternoon at the national security committee is having a meeting. this will include all of the top civilian leadership, all of the top military leadership. the military have been quite quiet in the past four days. the last statement that was made
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by the chief of army staff was that pakistan has done its best in ensuring that there is peace in afghanistan. pakistan wants peace in afghanistan because of its relationship with china, because it wants stability in central asia. pakistan is saying that there has to be stability in afghanistan. but pakistan's economic prosperity for all of its deals with china, which involve access to afghanistan, to pakistan, there needs to be stability next door. there has been a heightened security alert in the country. there was a terrorist attack only a couple of days ago, so there is, again, just a sense of trepidation of what's going to happen in the days to come. michael? >> trepidation seems to be a common word at the moment in the region. thanks so much. do stay with us, sophia. arwa damon in istanbul, the second biggest refugee group in turkey after syrians are afghans. what are the expectations of more coming over the border, and
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how is turkey dealing with them? >> reporter: well, that is obviously, michael, among the concerns that turkey does have, and it is keeping a very close eye on its border with iran. but as of this moment, we're not seeing this massive influx. and that is largely because the roads are blocked, michael. you know, as you've been reporting, as so many others have been reporting, people don't have the option of being able to really get out en masse at least. and, you know, that's probably one of the most gutting things in all of this, or at least one of the most gutting things in all of this, is that that choice that afghans should have been able to have, to be able to leave, to not want to live under taliban rule, that has been taken away from them. even those that would have been fortunate enough to have a passport, to have a visa, to be able to get on a plane and get
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out, the u.s. has also taken that choice away from them by effectively controlling the airspace, stopping civilian flights. right now it's military flights only as far as we understand. and by literally pointing their guns at afghan civilians who are trying to get out of the country. and so from the perspective of many, not only has america fully betrayed afghanistan, but it has now also stolen those who would want to be able to flee -- that option has been stolen from them, michael. and a lot of these countries right now are talking about how they prevent an influx of migrants as opposed to talking about how they actually protect the population that is trapped inside afghanistan. >> yeah, exactly. i wanted to get your thoughts too quickly on what of turkey's role in a regional sense, its influence in afghanistan and desired influence perhaps?
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>> reporter: look, turkey has been growing its role on a regional and also to a certain degree international scale as being something of a moderator, a go-between. you know, turkey has an interesting relationship potentially with the taliban. if you look at the rhetoric that was coming out prior to this rapid takeover of kabul, you know, turkey was talking about being the country that provides security for the kabul international airport. the taliban had put out a statement that was based on, you know, their past rhetoric, fairly softly worded, saying that they urged their turkish muslim brothers not to, you know, undertake that sort of venture. so turkey right now is going to be working very closely with a number of other partners, including as you were saying and sophia was reporting, pakistan as well. but right now, i think, again, what is very concerning is that a lot of these talks are
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focusing on how to, you know, quote, unquote, stabilize afghanistan. and the big question, of course, is, you know, what does that stability actually look like for the afghan population? and, again, this goes back to this notion of, you know, choice being taken away from the population. and so, you know, turkey is potentially wanting to be somehow involved in this. but one also has to remember that turkey is in a very precarious situation when it comes to the refugee crisis. there's already a big backlash against the number of syrian refugees who are here. so turkey is going to want to prevent an influx from afghanistan, michael. >> all right. appreciate that. arwa damon in istanbul. sophia saifi in islamabad. thanks to you both for your reporting. we are getting a clearer picture of the earthquake devastation in haiti, and it comes as the island nation braces for a tropical depression. cnn is on the scene coming up. ♪ monday, payday♪ ♪ tuesday, payday♪
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what you're looking at there is just some of the massive devastation left behind by saturday's powerful earthquake in haiti. the death toll has now jumped to nearly 1,300 people, and more than 5,700 are injured. the disaster compounding problems already facing the island nation. haiti still reeling from a political crisis following the
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assassination of its president last month. and now a tropical depression is approaching the country. cnn's matt rivers toured some of the damage near the epicenter of the earthquake. he's in les cayes, where he found a lot of looting and very few rescue efforts for survivors taking place. >> reporter: we're not far from where the epicenter of this earthquake was, and we're here at the rubble of what was a multistory, relatively luxury hotel in the les cayes region, which is where we are right now. you can kind of get a scale for what happened here. if you look to the right, that would presumably be part of the roof, a part of this building that collapsed into the swimming pool. if you look further to the left, you can see kind of a teeter set of columns up there that is basically very precariously perched. then back done here, you can see an excavator that was presumably part of the search and rescue efforts that took place. according to authorities, there is very much likelihood that
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there remain bodies in this rubble, and yet there's not really a lot of search and rescue efforts here ongoing. what is ongoing, as you can see people walk behind me here with metal, is looting. people are coming through this site taking basically whatever they think they can sell, metal, we saw a dresser be taken out. this goes to the desperation in this area. this is a very poor part of haiti that has been devastated by previous natural disasters over the last decade, and these are opportunistic people coming here to try and take what they can get from what is no doubt a tragic scene, something that collapsed during this earthquake. there are people that have been here trying to help, people trying to look for survivors. that is not the majority of what's happening here right now. what you don't see here are haitian authorities. there is no police presence. there's no firefighters. there are no search and rescue crews here. there's just people from the community and this lone excavator that is not currently in operation. it's very indicative of what we're seeing as we drive through
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this area near the epicenter. a lack of authoritative stance from the government trying to help people get control of this situation. unfortunately this is the reality on the ground at this moment. matt rivers, cnn, in les cayes, haiti. >> now, as we mentioned, haiti is bracing for a storm in the coming hours. meteorologist pedram javaheri joins me now. what are you seeing in terms of when it's going to hit? michael, we're very close here. we're approaching peak hurricane season in the next several weeks, and this is the last thing you want to see. we've got a tropical system by the name of grace. we have of course fred approaching the southeastern united states, another system well out there across the western atlantic near bermuda. i want to show you what's happening with grace because at this point, the storm that was a tropical storm has weakened to a tropical depression. you can thank the tremendous amount of mountain coverage across this region from africa on into the island of hispaniola, mountains across the island there rise to as high as 10,000 feet.
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you look at some 37 states across the u.s. mountains do not rise as high as you'll find here across portions of haiti and the dominican republic. so again speaks to the rugged nature of this landscape, but that also plays a role in weakening tropical systems. unfortunately, this go-around, that's the last thing we want to see because that means the tremendous amount of rainfall is coming down across the island as the system moves overhead and the models do bring it directly over this region, potentially bringing in as much as maybe six to eight inches widespread across the western half of the island and some isolated totals could exceed ten-plus inches. this is an incredible amount of rainfall that could move in as early as monday night and move through by tuesday morning and tuesday afternoon as we have search and rescue efforts still ongoing on the island. could it move through by tuesday morning and tuesday afternoon. we have search and rescue efforts still ongoing on the island. look at the models and where the storm is forecast to move beyond this. we do expect to it move across
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the western caribbean south of cuba. models in the last hour, a little better agreement on potentially bringing this across northern mexico, around the yucatan, and then back into the gulf of mexico. again, early in the game here, a lot could change. . withes very conducive across the gulf to allow to it strengthen. we do expect to it at least gotett tropical storm force as it approaches northern mexico or southern texas. and then there is fred expected to make landfall around the pensacola area. michchael? >> all right. thank you for the update. appreciate it. and we will be right back.
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back now to our top story. the fall of the afghan governor. the taliban sweeping by the capital with lightning speed on sunday taking over the presidential palace's former pres president. the u.s. now urgently working to get its citizens and support staff out of the country. at the kabul aircraft, we are witnessing scenes like that. chaos. a short time ago, gunfire ringing out as they rushed in the hope of leaving the country. most had no luck doing so. the u.s. has been expanding its troop presence at the airport in the race to evacuate u.s. and allied personnel. i first arrived in afghanistan in january 2002. the taliban had just left the
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capital and the afghan people were incredulous, adapting to freedoms they had not known for years. i remember meeting movie makers whose industry has been shut down by the taliban. films destroyed. history decimated. one director showed me hidden wall cavities and false ceilings, risking their lives to hide what they could. he insisted i take a poster for an afghan action movie that he directed. he wanted me to take it. it is in my home to this day. now, his optimism burned bright, that that industry would be reborn. and sure enough, a couple of months later i went to the first showing of a film since the taliban had taken over the country. last week, kabul hosted a film festival. it might be the last for a while. that's just one snap shot. back then in the early post taliban stories, we did girls starting school, some for the first time in their lives.
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women still by and large wore the burqa. we interviewed others in the workplace a few years later who did not, joyfully and proudly doing jobs they had been forbidden to do under the taliban. one story on training a female helicopter pilot. i returned twice more embedding with the u.s. military units in kandahar as they fought the taliban, and while there were challenges and there was fighting, it was also hope and there was change. today it seems those gains, those hopes, those dreams, particularly for women and girls might have been fleeting. the taliban is back and likely so, too, their brutal, misogynistic, repressive rule. what gains if any survived what has unfolded these past months is a chapter well written. thank you for spending part of your time with me. you can follow me on
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