Taliban takes more cities, Afghanistan’s top official warning “civil war”


Britain’s top executives warned that the conflict could turn into a civil war amid a significant increase in the Taliban over the past week or so, including the occupation of the second and third largest cities in Afghanistan on Thursday.

“In the 1830s, Britain discovered that it was a country led by the Defense Minister and led by various states and tribes. If you don’t pay too much attention to the civil war, you will end up with a civil war,” Ben said. Defense Minister Wallace told the BBC on Friday that the British Empire’s invasion of Afghanistan about 170 years ago ultimately led to Afghanistan’s victory.

“The Taliban is not a completely single entity,” and “under the title it breaks down into all sorts of different interests,” he added.

Fighters with the designated terrorist group Taliban occupied Kandahar, the second largest city in Afghanistan, and Herat, the third largest city, on Thursday after occupying many other cities and provincial capitals. did.

“The city looks like a ghost town on the front line,” said state legislator Ghulam Habib Hashimi. Said Reuters refers to Herat, located near the border between Iran and Afghanistan. “The family has left home or is hiding in the house.”

Afghan Parliamentarian Gul Ahmad Kamin CNN Another outlet where Kandahar fell into a terrorist group. The Taliban also confirmed the capture in a statement on Friday.

As in other areas, Afghan troops fled or surrendered to the Taliban, Kamin said.

Under the Taliban’s 1996-2001 rules, women cannot work, girls cannot attend school, women must cover their faces when they try to leave the house, and be accompanied by male relatives. I had to. In early July, Taliban fighters ordered nine women to quit their jobs at the bank.

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After the Taliban captured Pole Homli, a Taliban fighter (C) surrounded by locals can be seen at Pole Homli on August 11, 2021 (-/ AFP via Getty Images).

Of the major cities in Afghanistan, in addition to Kabul, the government holds Mazar-i-Sharif to the north and Jalalabad near the Pakistani border to the east.

In response to the Taliban’s victory, the Pentagon and State Department said about 3,000 US troops would be dispatched to assist in the evacuation of US embassy staff in Kabul. These troops, including Marine and Army battalions, are also sent to Kabul Airport.

Meanwhile, Britain has confirmed that it will send an army of 600 to help citizens leave Afghanistan.

The Taliban also issued for a long time statement On Friday morning, he called on Afghans to “return to their homes” under their rules, adding that the group would protect them and their private property.

“Our message to businessmen, businessmen, capitalists is that they run their business successfully, serve their people, and [Taliban] According to the Pashto-to-English sentence, the statement will provide a safe and helpful environment for their business. ” translation..

Meanwhile, Bill Roggio, a senior researcher at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, said Associated Press That the Afghan army is corrupt due to corruption and rampant mismanagement, the army is lacking in equipment, and there is no incentive to fight the Taliban.

The Taliban added that they took advantage of the low morale of the Afghan army to seize important urban infrastructure.

“Whatever remains or remains in the Kabul region and the surrounding states, they will be used to defend Kabul,” Roggio said. “Unless something changes dramatically, and I don’t know how it’s possible, these states (collapsed) remain under the Taliban’s control.”

Reuters contributed to this report.

Jack phillips

Jack phillips

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Jack Phillips is a New York-based reporter for The Epoch Times.