Taliban seizes cities as Afghan military collapses

More than 1,000 soldiers flee across border as others hand over weapons to insurgents

Afghan militia arm themselves to aid the military in the fight against the Taliban
Afghan militia members taking up arms to battle Taliban
(Image credit: Hoshang Hashimi/AFP via Getty Images)

The top US commander in Afghanistan formally stepped down yesterday in a simple ceremony in Kabul marking the end of the two-decade occupation.

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