Afghanistan in pictures: Taliban forces sweep to control as locals fear what future holds
The takeover of Kabul - Afghanistan's capital city - by the Taliban was swift after Western security forces left the country.
The Taliban initially took control of the city on Sunday, and the militant group, known for their terror, have been establishing themselves on Monday.
The president of Afghanistan, Ashraf Ghani, fled the country as the Taliban advanced into Kabul, marking the end of a Western-backed government.
There was also chaos at Kabul's airport on Monday after thousands attempted to flee the country.
Senior US military officials say the chaos at Kabul's airport on Monday morning left seven people dead, including some who fell from a departing US military transport jet.
Afghans desperately scramble to climb onto a plane in Kabul on Monday
Government offices, shops and schools are still shuttered in areas recently captured by the Taliban, with many residents lying low.
But already there are indications of a return to the harsh version of Islamic rule Afghans lived under from 1996 until 2001, when the US drove the Taliban from power after the 9/11 attacks.
Many fear the Taliban will roll back two decades of gains by women and ethnic minorities while restricting the work of journalists and NGO workers.
An entire generation of Afghans was raised on hopes of building a modern, democratic state — dreams that seem to have melted away before the Taliban’s relentless advance.
Fearful that the Taliban could reimpose the kind of brutal rule that all but eliminated women’s rights, Afghans rushed to leave the country in recent days, lining up at cash machines to withdraw their life savings.
The desperately poor — who had left homes in the countryside for the presumed safety of the capital — remained in parks and open spaces throughout the city.
In a stunning rout, the Taliban seized nearly all of Afghanistan in just over a week, despite the billions of dollars spent by the US and Nato over nearly 20 years to build up Afghan security forces.
Kabul was the last in a series of cities to fall to Taliban forces.
Prior to Kabul, the fall of Kandahar, the country's second largest city, was seen as the insurgent group's greatest victory in years and many feared it would be a precursor to an assault on the capital.
But not many in power appeared to expect Kandahar would be followed so quickly by Kabul.