Taliban controls entire southern part of Afghanistan, now moving forward capital Kabul

If the Taliban continues to advance at this speed in Afghanistan, then they will soon capture the entire country. It has already taken over most of the provincial capitals. The Afghan army is looking weak in front of these terrorists.

Just weeks before the formal withdrawal of US and NATO forces from a two-decade-long war in Afghanistan, the Taliban on Friday seized control of the entire southern part of the country, capturing the capitals of four more provinces and gradually Moving towards Kabul (Afghanistan Taliban Conflict). In the past 24 hours, the Taliban have captured Lashkargah, the capital of Helmand province, after taking control of the country’s second and third largest cities – Herat in the west and Kandahar in the south. Hundreds of foreign soldiers were killed in Helmand during the nearly two-decade war.

The occupation of the southern region means the Taliban have taken control of the capitals of more than half of the 34 provinces. In such a situation, when the US is about to withdraw its last troops after a few weeks, the Taliban have captured more than two-thirds of the country’s territory (Taliban Control on Afghanistan). The Taliban is also advancing in Logar province, south of Kabul. It claimed to have captured the police headquarters in the provincial capital Puli-e Alim, as well as a nearby prison. The city is located about 80 km south of Kabul.

Taliban can control the whole country

Although Kabul is not directly under threat, losses and fighting elsewhere have further cemented the Taliban’s hold. The latest US military intelligence assessment suggests that Kabul could come under insurgent pressure within 30 days and the Taliban could gain full control of the country within a few months if the current stance continues. If the Taliban maintains this momentum, the Afghan government may be forced to retreat in the coming days and defend the capital and only a few other cities.

Also captured the capitals of Uruzgan-Jabul province

The extremist group has captured the capitals of Uruzgan and Zabul provinces, in addition to Helmand in the south. The head of the provincial council in Helmand, Ataullah Afghan, says the Taliban have captured the provincial capital Lashkargah after heavy fighting and have hoisted their white flag over government installations. He said three National Army bases located outside Lashkargah are under the control of the government. Atta Jan Haqbayan, the head of the provincial council in Zabul province, said the capital, Kalat, had been taken under Taliban control and officials were in a nearby military camp preparing to leave.

Rapidly deteriorating security situation

Two lawmakers in Afghanistan’s southern Uruzgan province said local authorities had handed over the provincial capital, Tirin Kot, to the fast-moving Taliban. Bismillah Jaan Mohammad and Qudratullah Rahimi confirmed this on Friday. Fazal Haq Ehsan, the head of the provincial council in Ghor province in the western part, said the Taliban had also captured the provincial capital, Firoz Koh. At a time when the security situation is deteriorating rapidly, the US plans to send 3,000 troops to help evacuate some personnel from the US embassy in Kabul.

Britain is about to deploy 600 soldiers

At the same time, Britain has said that about 600 soldiers will be deployed on a short-term basis to help the citizens of Britain leaving the country. Canada is also sending special forces to help evacuate its embassy in Afghanistan. Thousands of Afghan civilians have fled their homes amid fears that the Taliban may re-establish a brutal, repressive government. Peace talks in Qatar have been halted, although diplomats are still meeting. The US, European and Asian countries have warned that any government established by force will be rejected.

Khalilzad urged for a solution

US envoy for talks Zalmay Khalilzad said, “We demand an immediate end to attacks against cities and urge a political solution.” Fazal Haq Ehsan, the head of the provincial council in West Ghor province, said Friday. The Taliban have entered the provincial capital, Firoz Koh, and fighting is underway inside the city. A day earlier, the Taliban captured another strategically important provincial capital and the country’s third largest city near Kabul.

The biggest success so far in the capture of Herat

The capture of Herat is the biggest success for the Taliban so far. At the same time, with the Taliban occupation of Ghazni, an important highway connecting the capital of Afghanistan to the southern provinces has been cut. In Kandahar too, the Taliban have put up their flag on government buildings and the governor’s office (Role of US in Afghan War). Danish Foreign Minister Jeppe Kofod has said the country’s embassy in Kabul is being temporarily closed and staff are being evacuated. Germany is also bringing its employees from the Embassy of Kabul. German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas has called on all German citizens in Afghanistan to leave the country immediately.

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