‘Stand to the side’: Taliban order female CNN reporter to get out of their way

Amid ‘chilling reports’ of abuses by the Taliban, Clarissa Ward ordered to ‘step aside’

Bevan Hurley
New York
Monday 16 August 2021 18:22 BST
Taliban tell female CNN reporter to 'stand to the side'
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CNN’s Clarissa Ward says she was told by Taliban forces guarding the presidential palace in Kabul to step aside “because she’s a woman”.

Ward, dressed all in black and wearing a hijab, took to the streets of Afghanistan’s capital city on Monday to report on the Taliban’s rapid takeover.

Approaching a checkpoint outside the former home of the Afghan president Ashraf Ghani, who fled the country, she said the Taliban were maintaining law and order.

“They’re just chanting death to America, but they seem friendly at the same time,” CNN’s chief correspondent noted.

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