... 1996 (15 years ago today), the capital of Afghanistan, Kabul, fell to Taliban forces. (photo credit) Fully "three days of fierce fighting" between the Taliban (variously described as an "opposition militia," a "radical Islamic group," and "militants") and Afghan government forces neared an end when the former succeeded in "storming the presidential palace -- the country's seat of government." Deposed officials were on the run, and Mohammed Najibullah, a Communist-supported ex-president, had been executed. The BBC reported:
One-eyed opposition leader Mullah Mohammed Omah and his student fighters had been repulsed from the city twice before, but this time it appeared government forces lost the will to fight.
The Taliban would remain in power until the U.S.-led post-9/11 counterassault in 2001 -- the beginning of an armed conflict that, as we've posted, continues to this day. The President deposed in the 1996 takeover, Burhanuddin Rabbani, by 2011 head of Afghanistan's Peace Council, was assassinated a week ago, and this past Sunday a shooting at an annex to the U.S. embassy in Kabul resulted in the deaths of an assailant and a CIA employee.
(Prior September 27 posts are here, here, here, and here.)