Scores of Afghans can be seen moving west toward Afghanistan’s border with Iran after the U.S. forces withdrew from the country and subsequently the Taliban took control of Kabul.
Breitbart citing a video shared by former Tolo News reporter Muslim Shirzad on Tuesday, Aug. 31, showed people, allegedly Afghans, were walking on foot through a dusty mountain pass.
Shirzad noted in a caption accompanying the video, “Catastrophe: An unfortunate generation that illegally going from Afghanistan to Iran.”
The Indian news site Times Now published Shirzad’s video on Aug. 31, and an analyst from the site commented that “we are seeing hundreds of them [Afghans] trying to make their way into Iran.”
“You’re going to see multiple exoduses like this that are going to take place,” the analyst predicted. “These are visuals that are coming where there … we are seeing hundreds of them trying to make their way into Iran. Afghanistan, of course, shares its borders with Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and even Pakistan.”
“You’re going to see infiltration at all of these borders,” he predicted. “And how the countries are receiving them, are going to treat them, will be another question, especially at these borders.”
“While of course people try to illegally make their way into bordering countries, they could be faced by, you know, more issues there,” the analyst said.
The Afghan civilians are desperately fleeing the country after the Taliban militants captured Kabul, Afghanistan’s capital, on Aug. 15, leading to the collapse of the U.S.–backed government.
U.S. President Joe Biden has been criticized for the way he has handled the chaotic withdrawal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan in which even hundreds of American citizens are also stuck in the country.
Addressing the nation after the United States completely pulled out of Afghanistan on Tuesday, Biden admitted he was leaving 10% of Americans—who his administration intended to evacuate—in the country.
“90% of Americans in Afghanistan who wanted to leave were able to leave. And for those remaining Americans, there is no deadline. We remain committed to get them out if they want to come out,” he said.