Residents visit Kabul market after Taliban takeover

"So far there is peace here. The Taliban are not bothering anyone," said Musa Samungani. "May God keep their behavior the same in future."

Another man said business had not returned to normal in the big markets because they are closed, although he noted there were many cars on the street.

More than 18,000 people have been flown out of Kabul since the Taliban took over Afghanistan's capital, a NATO official said on Friday (August 20), pledging to redouble evacuation efforts as criticism of the West's handling of the crisis mounted.

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