The Taliban now control half of Afghanistan's provincial capitals

Later on Friday the militants took cost of a handful of different cities. According to CNN evaluation they now management 17 of Afghanistan’s 34 provincial capitals, all of which have been captured within the final week.

The group has made territorial features within the north of the nation, which has historically been an anti-Taliban stronghold. And it now controls cities and territories inside 100 kilometers (62 miles) of Kabul, together with the capital of Logar province, which additionally fell on Friday.

In a press release Friday, the Taliban stated they’d taken management of the governor’s workplace, police headquarters, in addition to different key operational facilities all through the town of Kandahar. “Hundreds of weapons, vehicles and ammunition were seized,” the Taliban assertion stated.

Kamin stated he and lots of others had made their solution to a navy base near the town’s worldwide airport and have been awaiting a flight out. “Many (government) soldiers surrendered and the rest fled,” Kamin stated.

Kamin had earlier instructed CNN that Taliban fighters had been capable of break by the town’s frontline and have been participating in sporadic confrontation with authorities forces.

Kandahar, which lies on the junction of three main highways, is of explicit strategic significance and was previously a serious hub for US navy operations. Its seizure marks probably the most important acquire but for the Taliban.

Elsewhere on Friday, the federal government misplaced management of the close by capital of Urozgan province, Tarin Kot.

An area journalist instructed CNN that the governor’s workplace, police headquarters and the central jail have been now within the Taliban’s fingers. The journalist stated the town had fallen to the Taliban with none combating as tribal elders had determined not to withstand their advance.

Afghan information community TOLO quoted the governor of Uruzgan, Mohammad Omar Shizad, as saying that after days of combating across the metropolis, the elders had urged him to stop hearth due to the probably harm of additional fight.

The Taliban has not formally claimed to have captured Tarin Kot, and authorities officers haven’t confirmed the town has been misplaced, however movies circulating Friday confirmed Taliban fighters within the metropolis.

Smoke rises after fighting between the Taliban and Afghan security personnel in Kandahar on Thursday.

Later it additionally seized Firoz Koh, the provincial capital of Ghor province in central Afghanistan, an area supply instructed CNN Friday.

The overwhelming majority of the Taliban’s territorial features have come for the reason that withdrawal of American forces, which started in May and is scheduled to be accomplished by late August.

A senior administration official accustomed to the newest US intelligence evaluation on Afghanistan instructed CNN Wednesday that Kabul may fall into the fingers of the Taliban inside 30 to 90 days.

Taliban makes speedy features

The metropolis of Herat, Afghanistan’s third-largest metropolis and a serious city heart in western Afghanistan, fell to the Taliban on Thursday night native time, with the group taking management of the governor’s workplace and Herat police headquarters, in line with Afghan officers.

The head of the Herat Provincial Council, Kamran Alizai, stated Friday the entire metropolis, besides the military corps base, had been seized. Another provincial council member from Herat who didn’t wish to be named stated that the Taliban broke into the Herat jail, releasing a lot of inmates.

Qala-I-Naw metropolis, the provincial capital of the northwest Badghis province additionally fell to the militant group on Thursday night, a Badghis provincial council member confirmed to CNN.

The metropolis of Ghazni, a key provincial capital on the highway to Kabul, additionally fell to the militant group earlier on Thursday, after “long and intense fighting,” in line with Nasir Ahmad Faqiri, head of Ghazni provincial council.

Ghazni lies round 93 miles (150 kilometers) south of Kabul, on a serious freeway connecting the capital with Kandahar.

With the seize of Ghazni, the Taliban is now in charge of key areas each to the north and south of Kabul. Their earlier seize of areas of the Baghlan province, which lies to the north of Kabul, raised alarms amongst US officers as a result of the situation is taken into account important for the protection of the capital.

A senior official within the Biden administration accustomed to one US intelligence evaluation stated Kabul could be isolated by the Taliban in the next 30 to 60 days, growing the potential the Afghan capital may quickly fall below the management of the militant group.
In response to the Taliban’s sweeping advance, the US introduced it will deploy 3,000 US troops to Kabul to help with a “reduction of civilian personnel at the embassy in Kabul” and to “facilitate the processing of” Special Immigrant Visas for Afghan nationals who assisted Americans throughout their time inside Afghanistan, Pentagon spokesperson John Kirby stated.

Two of the infantry battalions headed to Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul are US Marines and one is US Army, Kirby stated. The Defense Department will even usher in a further 1,000 personnel from each US Army and US Air Force to assist with the visa candidates, Kirby stated.

Meanwhile, worldwide concern continues to mount in regards to the civilian toll of the battle.

On Friday, United Nations spokesman Stephane Dujarric stated that civilians are bearing the brunt of the violence, stressing that “one thing is clear from the country’s recent history: durable peace and development will not be achieved militarily.”

Dujarric stated that from July 1 to August 12, 10,350 internally displaced individuals have arrived in Kabul.

The UN Refugee Agency stated that it’s significantly apprehensive in regards to the influence of the battle on girls and women.

Women and youngsters make up the overwhelming majority (some 80%) of the close to 250,000 Afghans who’ve been pressured to flee for the reason that finish of May, Dujarric stated.

‘No time for paperwork’

US President Joe Biden is having no second ideas about his resolution to withdraw from Afghanistan — even because the Taliban have taken floor extra quickly than the US anticipated.

A White House official instructed CNN on Friday that whereas the Biden administration was caught off guard by the velocity of the Taliban advance, the presence of ample US troops at close by bases to deploy to Afghanistan this week reveals that the administration had deliberate for all contingencies.

The official stood by the Biden administration’s speedy drawdown of forces, noting that “military planners told us that speed equals safety.”

“… If we had combat forces in Afghanistan after May 1 without a plan to leave then we would be back in a shooting war with the Taliban,” the official stated.

On Thursday, the US embassy in Kabul urged US residents once more to depart Afghanistan instantly.

And the features made by militants in a single day added to alarm throughout the worldwide group. The UK’s defence secretary Ben Wallace on Friday stated he’s “absolutely worried” that al Qaeda “will probably come back” to Afghanistan after the drawdown of US and British troops is full.

Challenging the US resolution to drag out troops, Wallace stated: “I’ve been pretty blunt about it publicly and that’s quite a rare thing when it comes to a United States decisions, but strategically it causes a lot of problems.”

The UK has despatched 600 troops to the nation to assist evacuate embassy workers, whereas German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer additionally inspired help workers to depart the “increasingly threatening” state of affairs within the nation shortly.

“There is no time for bureaucracy, we must act,” Seehofer stated in a press release Friday.

Switzerland will even withdraw its three remaining workers in Kabul “as soon as possible” because of the worsening safety state of affairs, a spokesperson for the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) instructed CNN on Friday.

The United Nations Refugee Agency has in the meantime urged neighboring international locations to maintain their borders open to individuals fleeing the Taliban. In Pakistan, into which many Afghans have fled, leaders are calling for an organized worldwide method to deal with a rising refugee disaster.

Speaking at a press briefing on Friday, Moeed Yusuf, the nationwide safety adviser to the prime minister of Pakistan, rejected criticisms that his nation will not be taking in sufficient refugees and requested: “Who’s going to put money behind it … where are the people going to be displaced and who is going to be taking the lead?”

CNN’s Tim Lister, Jeremy Diamond and Pauline Lockwood contributed reporting.

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