Clashes flared in northern and central Afghanistan between the Taliban and local militias on Wednesday, as the Islamist movement continued to consolidate its grip on power in the Afghan capital two days after the U.S. ended its 20-year presence in the country.

The U.S. now estimates it left behind the majority of the Afghan interpreters and others who had applied for visas to flee Afghanistan, a senior State Department official said, despite frantic efforts to evacuate those at risk of Taliban retribution in the final days of the airlift.

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