Taliban Control All Cities In Afghan

Taliban Control All Cities In Afghan
Taliban Control All Cities In Afghan

 

The Taliban have moved closer to retaking full control of Afghanistan, and the capital, Kabul, is now the only major city left in government hands On Sunday, militants took control of Jalalabad, a key eastern city, without a fight It follow the seizure of the northern stronghold by the Mazar-i-Sharif government a day earlier.

The rapid collapse of government forces has left President Ashraf Ghani under increasing pressure to resign He seems to be faced with a tough choice between surrendering or fighting to keep the capital.

Meanwhile, the United States has begun evacuating staff members from its embassy in Kabul. On Sunday morning they were taken to the airport, where they were seen boarding six large military transport planes. The United States has deployed 5,000 troops to assist with the operation.

President Joe Biden has defended his decision to intensify the US withdrawal from Afghanistan, saying he could not justify an “endless US presence in the midst of another country’s civil conflict.”

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Reports on Sunday morning said the Taliban invaded the city, the capital of Nangarhar province, without a single shot being fired “There are no clashes at the moment in Jalalabad because the governor has surrendered to the Taliban,” a local Afghan official told the Reuters news agency Allowing the Taliban through was the only way to save civilian lives.

Jalalabad’s capture means that the Taliban have secured the roads connecting the country with Pakistan It came hours after Mazar-i-Sharif, the capital of Balkh province and Afghanistan’s fourth-largest city, also fell largely without a fight.

Abas Ebrahimzada, a legislator from Balkh, told the Associated Press news agency that the national army was the first to surrender, prompting pro-government forces and other militias to surrender.

Insurgents now control 23 of the 34 provincial capitals More than a quarter of a million people have been displaced by the fighting and many have sought refuge in Kabul.

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Some who had fled Taliban-controlled areas said militants there demanded that families hand over girls and unmarried women to become wives of their fighters Muzhda, 35, a single woman who fled Parwan to Kabul with her two sisters, said she would take her own life rather than let the Taliban force her to marry.

Women in Taliban-controlled areas have also described being forced to wear burqas, one-piece veils that cover the face and body, and militants are reported to have beaten people for violating social rules.

“God forbid we see the war in Kabul,” city resident Sayed Akbar, 53, told the New York Times. “The people here have been through 40 years of pain. The roads we walk are built on people’s bones.  A 17-year-old, named only as Abdullah

He said that he and other young men from Kunduz had been forced to carry rocket-propelled grenades and other ammunition for the militants Kabul residents have formed long lines at banks to try to withdraw their savings. Some branches have reportedly already run out of money There were also reports of rioting at the Pul-e-Charkhi prison on the outskirts of the capital, with local residents saying shots were heard from the facility.

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In a prerecorded television address on Saturday, President Ashraf Ghani said that one of the top priorities was the mobilization of the Afghan armed forces to prevent further destruction and displacement of people.