WATCH | The Taliban has declare the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan from the presidential palace in Kabul;
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The official spoke under the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the press.
- From 1996 to 2001, the Taliban ruled the country under the same name. Only a handful of countries recognized the regime, including Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Turkmenistan.
- The situation in Afghanistan has deteriorated rapidly amid the final withdrawal of American and NATO troops, with the Taliban making its final move to take over the capital in Kabul after conquering a series of provincial ones.