Afghan former President Hamid Karzai is stepping up a national role following the Taliban’s takeover

When the Taliban rolled into Kabul a week ago and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani fled, another national leader appeared on video inside the city, assuring people he was going nowhere: the country’s former head of state, Hamid Karzai.

Sir. Karzai – who led the first Afghan government after the Taliban was ousted in 2001 and served as president until 2014 – stood with his three young daughters and fought to be heard over noise from U.S. helicopters evacuating Americans and asking their fellow citizens about not to panic.

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