NS Taliban Continue to advance and dominate the provincial capitals in Afghanistan: On Friday (13), the rebel group occupied four more cities in the south of the country. The most important of them is Helmand – 20 years ago, it was the site of one of the bloodiest battles between the coalition forces that occupied the country and the Taliban. It is also an important site for opium smuggling.
The group already has conquered Kandahar Herat, the country’s second and third largest city, on Thursday.
A composite image of Afghan government security forces near Kandahar on August 13, 2021 – Photo: Siddiqullah Khan/Associated Press
The insurgents now control 18 of Afghanistan’s 34 provincial capitals.
The capital, Kabul, was not yet attack directlyBut the Taliban should start fighting for it in about 30 days, according to the assessment of the US intelligence services.
Four capitals fell recently
Lashkar Gah, the capital of Helmand, fell after weeks of fierce fighting. Government forces placed white flags over buildings to signify their surrender.
People leaving Afghanistan for Pakistan, August 13, 2021 – Photo: Jafar Khan/Associated Press
Three military bases on the outskirts of the city are still in the hands of the Afghan government.
Another city captured was a fortress. The defeated government leaders are in a camp near the city, preparing to leave.
Another city is Tirin Cote. The governor of Uruzgan province, where Tirin Kot is located, went to Kabul.
The last of these was Pul-e-Alam, the capital of Logar Province, which is located only 50 kilometers south of Kabul. “The Taliban control all government facilities in Buli Alam. There is no more fighting at the moment,” said Saeed Qareebullah al-Sadat, a local government official.
The rebels also entered the towns of Firuz Koh, and claimed to have also captured Nao Fort, but there is still no official confirmation of these locations.
Taliban elements in the city of Farah, which they captured from the country’s security forces on August 11, 2021 – Photo: Muhammad Asif Khan/Associated Press
US withdraws diplomats from Kabul
The United States should send 3,000 troops to help Diplomats withdraw From the embassy in Kabul. The UK and Canada will also send troops to help evacuate civilian workers working in Afghanistan.
The Americans and the British receive military support to leave Afghanistan
Thousands of people left their homes in the country out of fear of the Taliban regime.
Talks took place to reach a peace agreement, but negotiations stalled. The US representative to the talks, Zalmay Khalilzad, said the Americans “demand an immediate cessation of attacks on cities.” The Taliban continued to advance.
The defeat of the US strategy
The September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States were planned and carried out by al-Qaeda, an organization that was protected by the Taliban government, which at the time dominated Afghanistan.
After those attacks, a US-led military coalition invaded the country and overthrew the Taliban regime.
Since then, the United States has spent nearly $830 billion over 20 years trying to establish a functioning state in the country.
The insurgents managed to seize armored cars and weapons from the US-backed security forces, and today the Taliban use US vehicles and guns.
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