Khaled Hosseini, author of the bestselling novel "The Kite Runner," described the Taliban takeover of his home country, Afghanistan, as "absolutely gut-wrenching."

In an interview with CNN, Hosseini said watching the country's fall, especially his hometown of Kabul, was "heartbreaking," adding that he was worried for his friends and family who are still there.

"I have a very strong emotional bond to the country, to the city, to its people. I actually haven't lived Afghanistan since 1976, but those formative years were spent there," he told CNN. "It's just heartbreaking to see the Taliban flag fly over that city."


Hosseini's 2003 bestselling book "The Kite Runner" captivated readers through the tale of two young boys in Afghanistan, highlighting events such as the Soviet Invasion and the rise of the Taliban. His following books, "A Thousand Spendid Suns" and "And the Mountains Echoed," which also featured stories about Afghans, were extremely successful.  

Hosseini said that many Afghan people told him that they had no faith in the country's military to protect them if the U.S. military were to withdraw. 

"When I was in Afghanistan and spoke to local people, it was quite remarkable how they all echoed the same thing: That if the Americans were to leave, they did not have faith that the Afghan state could protect them and uphold the country," he told the news outlet. "That was even more true years later."

President BidenJoe BidenRand Paul calls for Fauci's firing over 'lack of judgment' Dems look to keep tax on billionaires in spending bill Six big off-year elections you might be missing MORE announced earlier in the summer that the U.S. would withdraw its troops from Afghanistan, putting and end of a 20 year conflict sparked by the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on American soil.  

However, amid the withdrawal, the Taliban mounted an offensive, capturing major cities and solidifying their power Sunday, taking the nation's capital of Kabul. 

Biden had previously stated that a Taliban takeover of the country was "highly unlikely." 


The author said he is also "skeptical" about the Taliban rule, saying that the group will have to prove it will be different this time around "with deeds and not with words."

The Taliban controlled Afghanistan before U.S. conflict 20 years ago.

Hosseini also said that the world should help support Afghan refugees fleeing the country.

"I think I would call on all countries to keep their borders open and to welcome Afghan refugees who are fleeing 40 years of violence and persecution," he said. "This moment is not the time to give up on Afghanistan. It is not the time to turn your backs on Afghans and Afghan refugees."
"The United States owes the Afghans," he added. "Those who are left behind, who aligned themselves with US objectives, who believed in US initiatives, who at the risk of their own lives worked alongside us and other foreign troops. We mustn't turn our back on those people."
Currently, the U.S. continues evacuation efforts of Americans and Afghan partners on the ground in Kabul. However, these efforts have been hampered by chaos and violence en route to the Kabul international airport.