She was right in the thick of it when the Taliban captured the Afghan capital, Kabul. CNN reporter Clarissa Ward (41) interviewed people on the street and brought armed fighters to the microphone.
In the meantime, Taliban co-founder Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar has arrived in Kabul for talks about forming a government. Reports of militants going door-to-door looking for collaborators with the displaced government and the Western occupiers create fear and horror. As journalist Ward writes on Twitter, she has since left the country: “Just landed in Doha with the team and almost 300 Afghan evacuees.”
She was sent away at the presidential palace
Ward was brought to Qatar on a US military machine. She thanks the US Air Force for the flight. “We are the lucky ones,” she continues.
Among other things, Ward also reported on the presidential palace in Kabul. In contrast to other situations in the streets of the capital, the men present were unwilling to talk. “You told me to step aside because I was a woman,” said Ward. This, although the journalist was almost completely veiled – only her face and her hands peeked out from under the black scarves.
CNN reporter in Kabul: “Now there is a burqa boom in Afghanistan”(02:06)
Baradar is traded as a possible head of government
Taliban leader Baradar returned to Afghanistan from Qatar on Tuesday. He will now “meet with jihadist leaders and politicians to form an inclusive government,” a senior Taliban official told the AFP news agency. Baradar is traded as a possible new head of government. The Taliban have not yet given any precise details about the planned government.
Baradar was detained in Pakistan in 2010, but released under pressure from the US in 2018 and taken to Qatar. Baradar most recently headed the Taliban’s political office in Qatar. Among other things, he was responsible for signing an agreement with the government of then US President Donald Trump in February 2020 that regulated the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan. (noo)