Pressure is now firmly on the Taliban to maintain stability as the threat of violence and further terrorist attacks conducted by Isis-K looms large.
The group must also battle a “brain drain” of top talent in a bid to keep the country running after their takeover.
While the Taliban appears to be concerned about the loss of highly qualified Afghans, the group has prevented thousands of skilled people, particularly women, from returning to their jobs.
Weeda Mehran analyses how the best and brightest leaving Afghanistan will be a headache for the Taliban.
Biden to address public
In the US, Joe Biden will appear before the American public this evening in an attempt to save his political skin.
The US President will remind everyone that Osama bin Laden is dead, and that the mighty military he commands evacuated 114,000 people from a hellhole in two weeks.
Yet he is unlikely to talk much about the Afghans left behind, who worked for America and now face death.
Nor will he say much about sharing intelligence with the Taliban.
Nick Allen analyses how Mr Biden’s future depends on whether the American public buys what he has to say.
You can follow the President’s speech in our liveblog from about 7.45pm.
Back home, Dominic Raab has hit back at criticism of him personally and his team at the Foreign Office as “not credible and deeply irresponsible”.
The Foreign Secretary has been the subject of a series of hostile briefings in recent days, including that he had refused to leave a beach holiday with his family until after Kabul had fallen, and that he didn’t act sooner because he considered Afghanistan to be “yesterday’s war”.
But Mr Raab attacked those who had been “toddling off” to the media “at a time of crisis”.
Read how the Foreign Secretary has gone on the offensive.
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