September 23, 2021

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The Taliban captured two regional capitals

Afghan security forces monitor a checkpoint in Herat province on July 9, 2021.

This victory is very symbolic for the Taliban and will have a devastating psychological effect on the Afghan military, whose morale is already very low. The rebels captured two cities: Geranz and Schebergan. They are the first provincial capitals to fall into their hands since they began their offensive in May.

The Taliban entered Saranj on Friday, August 6, the capital of Nimroz province in southwestern Afghanistan. “No protest”, Said Deputy Governor of the province Roh Gul Khairzad. A small town on the border with Iran, Jarang is particularly valuable for its economic significance. It also allows rebels to control a new part of Afghanistan’s borders.

The Taliban have previously seized several important border crossings with Iran, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Pakistan. They are all a major source of revenue from fees.

On Saturday, the rebels also captured the city of Shebergan in the northwest, the agency told France-Press (AFP) Kather Malia, the deputy governor of the province of Johor, where Shebergan is the capital. “Forces [afghanes] And those responsible fled to the airport “, He added.

Djoston County Marshal Dastam’s Fortress, a powerful militant leader, known for his unwavering allegiance and savagery. If Sherbergan is in the hands of the Taliban, it will be another setback for the government, which recently summoned ex-combatants and various militants in an effort to block the insurgency.

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The British called for him to leave the country

The President of the Republic of Tajikistan Emomali Rahman said on Friday that the Taliban controls everything The border between Afghanistan and his countryUzbekistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan – about 1,300 kilometers during the summit that unites the leaders of the five former Soviet republics of Central Asia.

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The rebels occupied large areas of the countryside for three months in a lightning strike launched in support Withdrawal of international powersMust be completed by August 31st. After experiencing weak opposition in the countryside, they launched their attacks against the big cities for a few days and surrounded several provincial capitals.

Under these circumstances, the United Kingdom asked its compatriots to leave Afghanistan immediately “Poor security situation”. “All British nationals in Afghanistan are now advised to leave [de transport] Business “, The British Foreign Office wrote on its website on Friday. UK officials are advising against traveling to the country and warning that only they can provide assistance “Very limited”.

Targeted government officials

UN Security Council calls on UN Security Council to suspend uranium enrichment “To stop” Their “Attacks on cities”, Asks the Council to issue a warning “Vaguely”.

A few hours ago, the Taliban killed Tawa Khan Menapal, a former deputy spokesman for Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, the country’s interior ministry said. The rebels threatened to execute him after he promised to carry out new operations on Wednesday “Revenge” Against senior government officials in response to an airstrike by the Afghan army. Afghan and US forces It has carried out a number of airstrikes in recent days in an attempt to prevent the Taliban from advancing in several major urban centers.

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Mr. Menabal was a well-known figure in the media community in Kabul. This former journalist frequently attacked the Taliban on social media and was often paradoxical. The former head of state’s spokesman, Sadik Sadik, said “It simply came to our notice then [son] A friend and former colleague were killed by the enemy [leur] Pays.

The Taliban on Tuesday stormed a rally in Kabul, targeting Defense Minister General Bismillah Mohammed and killed eight people.

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There is no safe place to seek refuge

Afghan forces continue fighting with the Taliban on August 3, 2021, on a deserted street in Lashkar Gah.

Fighting also continued on Friday in Lashkar Kah, the capital of southern Helmand province, where the army launched a counter-attack on Wednesday evening.

Offices of the voluntary charity Action Against Hunger on Thursday a “Aerial bombardment”. The building was clearly identified as belonging to a humanitarian organization either from the street or from the roof of the building. In addition, its location has been communicated to the parties to the conflict on several occasions. “, NGO underlined.

Despite the army calling them, civilians are still trying to leave the war zones with no safe place to seek refuge. Mohammad Qaim, 35, escaped from Lashkar-e-Taiba to Kabul. “Taliban can capture more cities”He was concerned that the situation would depend on the intervention of third countries. “War forced on Afghans, and Afghans set on fire”, He exploded.

From the northern city of Kunduz, which has been besieged by the Taliban for several weeks, activist Razik Maroff told AFP that fighting erupted last night near the city center as the Taliban could not get land. There are government forces “Seriously protected” The city, he explained, used the latter to prevent the Taliban from entering “Motor and Heavy Weapons”. According to Muroff and a local official, Afghan forces have been involved in airstrikes.

Kunduz provincial health chief Dr Fazli said 38 people were injured and 11 civilians were reported dead and taken to the city’s main hospital since the violence resumed last night. “Ambulances cannot move due to fighting”He noted that these figures may increase during the day.

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