The Taliban have retaken the Afghan capital of Kabul 20 years after being removed. The president has left the country and many people are evacuating.
Roy and Catherine talk about the vocabulary from this story so you can talk about it too.
0:00 – Introduction
0:28 – Story
1:20 – Headline 1: Afghans brace for Taliban rule after militants take control of Kabul
4:15 – Headline 2: Afghanistan is peaceful, Taliban say, chaos engulfs airport
6:57 – Headline 3: Taliban sweep into Afghan capital after government collapses
9:17 – Language summary
The Taliban’s seizure of Kabul comes twenty years after they were ejected from the city by a US-led offensive.
President Ashraf Ghani fled to Uzbekistan saying he relinquished control to avoid bloodshed.
The insurgents have urged calm, but Kabul is in chaos with many ordinary residents desperate to leave, fearing a bloody assault.
Key words and phrases:
prepare for something difficult
The shareholders were told to brace themselves for the financial report.
He braced himself for bad news when he saw his friend’s face.
affects powerfully; overwhelms
There is concern as panic engulfs the nation.
She was engulfed by fear as the person approached.
move powerfully and quickly
The new government want to sweep into power and start making changes instantly.
The fashion trend swept the nation.
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