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Afghanistan turmoil

Fear looms large as Taliban take over Afghanistan

Militant group's seizure of power triggers panic among nation's women

Afghan women take shelter in a public park in Kabul on Aug. 10.   © Reuters

KABUL -- Female staff gathered at the Ministry of Women's Affairs in Kabul cried out as the radio crackled to deliver the news they had been dreading: the Taliban have arrived at Afghanistan's capital.

The workers, gathered for a security briefing on Sunday on the country's escalating crisis, hugged each other in fear of the oppression they think the Islamist militant group will bring on its return to power.

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