Transcript for Taliban retaking territory in Afghanistan amid troop withdrawal
Overseas tonight, our team inside Afghanistan, as U.S. Troops leave and the alarming new images tonight. The video reportedly showing Afghan troops handing over weapons to the Taliban. Tonight, our Martha Raddatz one-on-one with a Taliban militant. What he says about retaking kabul and about the thousands of interpreters and others who helped the U.S. Who are now begging for help from the U.S. State department to get out before the U.S. Fully leaves. Here's Martha. Reporter: With the U.S. Withdrawal well over halfway complete and no peace deal in place, the Taliban is now retaking towns and territory at an alarming rate. Tonight, the Taliban releasing video it claims shows Afghan soldiers surrendering weapons and military vehicles. But hundreds of Afghan soldiers have been slaughtered in fierce fighting across Afghanistan. The majority of the districts that have been taken are many, many miles from here in kabul, but the big question is, what happens here when all of the U.S. Forces leave Afghanistan? Already with the announced withdrawal of U.S. Forces, the violence in this city has seen a dramatic increase. At this girls' school in kabul last month, more than 85 were killed by multiple bombs. Mostly young girls. We met 17-year-old seddiqa mahmoudi just out of the hospital, still recovering from serious wounds. She fears it will happen again. I am very scared about it. Reporter: The fear is everywhere. Abdul, we will use only his first name, was side-by-side with U.S. Marines in helmand province as an interpreter. Now with a wife and three children, the fear of a Taliban resurgence is near paralyzing. If they take over kabul, they will behead us all. They will kill us. Reporter: Like 18,000 others, he has yet to get a Visa to leave the country, despite the U.S. State department saying it is a priority. We traveled to the outskirts of the city to the home of the Taliban's haji said akbar agha, a senior leader when the Taliban was in charge in this country. The Taliban is taking over many districts. Will they eventually come here to kabul? "I have no doubt we will," he said, claiming the population supports it. We just spoke to an Afghan who was an interpreter for the American military. He is very frightened that he will be killed by the Taliban when the Americans leave. He claims they would be safe. And Martha Raddatz reporting in from kabul tonight. And Martha, we heard you interview that former senior leader, who said that these interpreters are going to be safe. Of course, they can't be trusted and we know, as you pointed out there, there are some 18,000 interpreters and others who worked with the U.S. Who are desperate to get these Visas to get out of Afghanistan, they say their lives depend on it. The state department saying this is a priority, so, what's 408ding up all these cases with the Americans now leaving? Reporter: Well, David, there simply isn't a system in place to handle that many people and there was already a backlog. Add to that a massive covid outbreak at the U.S. Embassy here, it is essentially in lockdown. All right, Martha Raddatz on the ground in Afghanistan. Maer that, thank you.
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