CNN's chief international correspondent Clarissa Ward reported a sense of desperate calm in Kabul tonight following the Taliban's capture of Kandahar and its rapid advance towards the capital city.
"It's calm and the situation is relatively stable but it's incredibly tense," Ward said.
She also described a "desperation many people are feeling... on the ground as the US really starts to pull the rip cord."
"I spoke to one official earlier who said to me, 'do you hear the sound of that silence? It's the sound of people packing, packing to go because there is such desperate uncertainty,'" said Ward, reporting from Kabul.