There was panic in the streets of the Afghan capital Kabul as reports came in that the Taliban were poised to enter the city.   A VOA Afghan service reporter was in the passport office when everyone was told to leave immediately and go home.    Smoke rises next to the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, Aug. 15, 2021. Taliban fighters entered the outskirts of the Afghan capital, further tightening their grip on the country.They announced a general amnesty for all and said there will be no revenge killing. Kabul residents had mixed reactions to reports of the Taliban’s arrival at the city.  Economics student and Kabul resident Ali Sina said, “I think the government has surrendered Kabul to the Taliban. I think it’s good for the people because there will be no fighting.”   When asked if he thinks he’ll be able to continue with his life under the Taliban he said, “I think so.”   Hamidullah, who only gave one name due to security concerns, sounded less hopeful.   “I’m afraid of Taliban controlling all of Afghanistan. I worked with U.S. military and if Taliban control Kabul, they’ll try to kill me if they know about me.” U.S. helicopters are reported to have landed at the American Embassy in Kabul and are said to be evacuating staff to the Kabul airport. The Associated Press says a Taliban official told it, “No one’s life, property and dignity will be harmed and the lives of the citizens of Kabul will not be at risk.”   Some information for this report came from Reuters, and The Associated Press. 

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