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Taliban Beats Protesters And Arrests Journalists At Women’s Rally In Kabul

Ghani, the deposed president who fled the country when the Taliban reached Kabul, issued a statement from his exile in the Emirates on Wednesday saying that leaving the capital was “the most difficult decision of my life.” But he said he believed it was the only way to save the city and that he had no intention of abandoning the Afghan people.

“It is with deep and profound regret that my own chapter ended in similar tragedy to my predecessors — without ensuring stability and prosperity,” he said. “I apologize to the Afghan people that I could not make it end differently.”

That apology — observers dryly noted that though Ghani said his speech was for the Afghan people, it was published only in English — had little effect on Daryabi, who is now confronting a more troubling power. “The Taliban haven’t changed a bit,” he said, adding that he was considering finding a way to leave the country.

Naqdi agreed.

“Absolutely there is no safety. Journalism doesn’t mean anything to them.” ——— (Times staff writer Tracy Wilkinson in Germany contributed to this report.) ___ Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.

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