Taliban occupy major cities in northern Afghanistan as the fighting intensifies


Kabul-Taliban terrorists in Afghanistan occupied most of the major Kunduz capital in northern Afghanistan on Sunday, and after a month of siege, occupied another neighboring capital. This progress was the latest in a series of blows to government forces, as the US military completed its withdrawal in the country about 20 years later.

According to a video obtained by the Associated Press, terrorists were seen flying over the traffic police booth, flagging the main square in Kunduz.

In less than a week, it was the fourth capital to succumb to Taliban terrorists, as Taliban terrorists gained momentum throughout the region of Afghanistan and launched an assassination campaign in the capital Kabul.

Two state legislators said the Taliban dominated the governor’s office and police headquarters, and the main building where 500 prisoners, including Taliban terrorists, were released after the day’s shootout.

The capture of the Kunduz is an important benefit to the Taliban and will test their ability to seize and retain territory in their campaign against the Western-backed government.

It is one of the largest cities in the country with a population of over 340,000 and has long been an important area protected from the Taliban takeover by the Western Army.

Kunduz city
Afghans inspect damaged stores after a battle between Taliban and Afghan security forces in the city of Kunduz in northern Afghanistan on August 8, 2021. (Abdrasa Hill / AP photo)

City council member Ghulam Rabani Rabani said fighting was still in the hands of the government at the city’s airports and other parts of the city. Kunduz is a strategic crossroads with good access to much of northern Afghanistan and Kabul, about 200 miles (335 km) away.

Another Kunduz parliamentarian, Mohammad Yusuf Ayubi, also said that Afghan troops controlled only the airport and major military barracks, and the Taliban controlled other parts of the city.

“Innocent poor people have to pay for the war in Kunduz and the rest of the country. Both government troops and the Taliban are civilian enemies,” Ayubi said. “One can’t provide security and the other doesn’t care about people’s safety,” he added.

The Afghan government in Kabul has denied losing the northern city, the fourth capital city that was largely attacked by Taliban terrorists last week. Interior Ministry spokesman Mirwais Stanekzai said Afghan security forces are still fighting and have already reclaimed some areas from the Taliban without giving details.

The Taliban have long regarded the city as a popular prize. After seizing Kunduz in the heart of a major agricultural area near Tajikistan for about two weeks in 2015, it withdrew in the face of a NATO-backed attack on Afghanistan. Armed groups were pushed back into the city center a year later, temporarily raised a flag, and then gradually expelled again.

In Washington, senior officials from the White House National Security Council, the State Department, and the Pentagon have been in close contact with US embassy officials in Kabul to assess the broader impact of the Kunduz collapse, government officials said. Officials were not allowed to comment and speak on anonymous terms.

However, officials said the Biden administration was determined to stick to plans to end the US war in Afghanistan by the end of the month, despite the Taliban’s rapid strategic interests.

Recent White House officials have expressed concern about reporting retaliation against civilians in Taliban-controlled areas. They also accused the Afghan government of killing Dawa Khan Menapal, head of domestic and foreign media coverage, and bombing Deputy Defense Minister Bismillah Khan Mohammadi last week, accusing eight people. Killed and injured.

White House spokesman Jen Psaki said on Friday that the recent surge in attacks was contrary to “the Taliban’s claim for international legitimacy” and that terrorists “do not have to stay on this track.” Stated.

Also on Sunday, two Afghan lawmakers said the Taliban troops had taken control of Takhar, the capital of Takhar, next to Kunduz. About 200,000 cities, Takar is especially important for anti-Taliban Northern Alliance fighters who joined a US-led coalition in 2001 to expel Islamic terrorist groups.

Sayed Sharafdin Aini, a member of the Afghan parliament from Takhar, said the Taliban managed to occupy the city in the afternoon after three months of progress, during which time it dominated all the state’s countryside. rice field.

Another parliamentarian in the region, Nazifa Yousefi Beg, said all state officials were on the run, including the governor, police chief, and members of the council. She said she was worried about their safety and wanted the government to send reinforcements to the city.

Both lawmakers spoke on the phone in Kabul, where they live. They said they were in contact with officials and state legislators early in the morning and afternoon, and Beg was appealing directly to the Deputy Defense Minister at his office.

The Taliban have been besieged for the past few weeks and have been largely cut off from other parts of the country by the Taliban forces that have dominated the surrounding countryside for the past three months.

Armed groups are intensifying their nationwide attacks as US and NATO troops begin to conclude their withdrawal from the country this summer. As the Taliban attacks increase, Afghan security forces and government forces are retaliating with US-backed airstrikes. Combat raises concerns about civilian casualties.

Afghan security guard patrol
Patrol after Afghan security personnel regained control of part of the city of Herat on August 8, 2021, after the Taliban and Afghan security forces fought in the outskirts of Herat, western Kabul, Afghanistan. (Hamed Sarfarazi / AP Photo)

On Saturday, Taliban terrorists entered the northern capital of Jawzjan after clearing nine of the state’s ten districts. As Taliban terrorists wipe out a large area of ​​Afghanistan at an alarming rate, some other of the country’s 34 state capitals are threatened.

Last week, Taliban terrorists occupied nine of the ten police districts in Lashkar Gah, the capital of southern Helmand. Similar to the US and Afghan government airstrikes, fierce fighting continued there, one of which damaged clinics and high schools.

Damaged clinic
Clinics damaged after an airstrike on the Taliban on August 8, 2021 in Lashkar Gah, Helmand, southern Kabul, Afghanistan. (Abdul Harik / AP photo)

The defense ministry confirmed that the airstrikes had occurred, but said they had targeted the Taliban position, killing 54 terrorists and injuring 23. It does not mention the clinics or schools being bombed in the statement. State legislature vice-chairman Majid Akhund said the facility was under the control of the Taliban when the facility was attacked.

The Taliban issued an English statement rolling around the state capital on Sunday, stating that residents, civil servants and security officials had nothing to fear them.

“Other civil servants, including former civil servants and those who worked in the security sector … must not be afraid of the Islamic Emirate Mujahideen or flee elsewhere,” the statement said.

However, revenge attacks and repressive treatment of women have been reported in areas currently under Taliban control.

By Rahim Faiez and Brian Rohan

Associated Press