The Taliban were able to seize two new Afghan provincial capitals on Tuesday, the movement’s spokesman Jabihullah Mujahid confirmed on Twitter. Both are part of Paclan Province, to the north Kabul. These are Farah on the west and Pul-e Kumri on the north. The rapidly advancing Taliban now control eight of Afghanistan’s 34 provincial capitals.
Including six in nine in the north of the country, The other three are fighting.
“The Taliban are now in the city and they have hoisted their flag in Central Square and in the governor’s office,” said Mamur Ahmadzai, an MP from Baghlan province. After two hours of fighting, security forces returned to the base outside the city on Tuesday evening, he said. “The Taliban set fire to some parts of the city, including two restaurants,” an official who fought with rebels in Paglan on Sunday said.
The northern part is almost in the hands of the Taliban
“This afternoon [mardi]The Taliban entered the city of Farah after fighting with security forces for some time. They seized the governor’s office and police headquarters. The security forces have returned to the military base, ”said provincial councilor Shahla Abubar.
From Friday, The Taliban took control of Jharkhand (southwest)., From Shepherd (north), the fort of the famous warrior Abdul Rashid Dastam, from the large city of Kunduz in the northeast, and the three northern capitals of Talokan, Sar-i-Pul and Ibak. They tightened their grip around Masar-i-Sharif, the largest city in the north. If this in turn falls, the government will no longer have any control over this area, which has traditionally been fiercely opposed to the Taliban.
The paralyzed silence process
Doha on Tuesday stormed Qatar, the United States and China as two historic rebel strongholds in the north, but not in the south, Kandahar and Lashkar-e-Taiba. United Nations and European Union. The peace process between the Afghan government and the Taliban began in Qatar last September, and the peace agreement between the rebels and Washington ended in February 2020 as part of a peace deal. This withdrawal must be completed by August 31st.
But talks stalled, and the Taliban launched an offensive when this final withdrawal began in May. After capturing large rural areas without facing major opposition, they have returned to urban centers since early August. While the hopes that the talks would lead to a definitive conclusion were slim, US Ambassador Salma Khalilzad urged the Taliban to “stop their military offensive and negotiate a political deal.”
Tens of thousands of civilians escaped
Administration of the President Joe Biden No intention to change lines. She will maintain her support for Kabul, but the Afghans must take their fate into their own hands. “It is their struggle that we must defend. This is their struggle,” Pentagon spokesman John Kirby underlined on Monday.
“They are beating and looting,” said Rahima, a woman who was camping with hundreds of people in a park in Kabul after leaving Shebergan province. “If there is a young woman or widow in a family, they take them away by force. We have fled to protect our honor,” he added. About 359,000 people have been displaced. Afghanistan The International Organization for Migration (IOM) said due to the fighting since the beginning of this year.
183 civilians were killed
Peace returned to central Kunduz on Tuesday, residents said. However, clashes continued around the air force, which were in the hands of government forces. “People are opening their shops and businesses. But you can still see the fear in their eyes (…) The fighting could start again in the city at any time,” said Habibullah, a businessman.
At least 183 civilians were killed and 1,181 injured in a month in the cities of Lashkar-e-Taiba, Kandahar, Herat (western) and Kunduz, the UN said on Tuesday, adding that victims alone were not operating there. Documented.
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