Joe Biden the US President has said he does not regret his decision to withdraw troops from Afghanistan as the Taliban continue to advance.
Biden urged Afghanistan’s leaders to come together and “fight for their nation Violence has escalated across the country now that US-led forces have all but withdrawn after 20 years of military operations.
The Taliban have seized at least eight of the country’s 34 provincial capitals and are threatening more.
Speaking to reporters at the White House on Tuesday, Biden said the United States was honoring commitments it had made to Afghanistan, such as providing close air support, paying military salaries and supplying food and equipment to Afghan forces.
They have to fight for themselves The Washington Post quoted anonymous officials as saying the capital Kabul could fall to the Taliban within 90 days, according to US military assessments.
More than 1,000 civilians have died amid fierce fighting between the Taliban and government forces in the past month, according to the UN. His children’s agency, Unicef, warned this week that atrocities against children are increasing “by the day.”
In their last major advances, the Taliban militants seized two more provincial capitals, the city of Farah and Pul-e-Khumri, on Tuesday.
Authorities said insurgents had raised their flag in the main square and at the governor’s office in Pul-e-Khumri, the capital of Baghlan province, which is about 200 kilometers (125 miles) from Kabul.
A local journalist and a member of the provincial council told the western town of Farah had also fallen other achievements by the Taliban this week include the northern key city of Kunduz. It is considered a gateway to mineral-rich provinces and is located in a strategically important location near the border with Tajikistan, which is used for opium and heroin smuggling.
Heavy fighting continues in other parts of the country, and US and Afghan planes have carried out airstrikes.
As the fighting continues, thousands of people have been fleeing their homes we saw bodies near the prison … there were dogs next to them,” a woman who left Kunduz when the Taliban took control.
Residents still in the city said the stores had begun to reopen as Taliban militants turned their attention to government forces that had withdrawn to the airport.
“People are opening their shops and businesses, but you can still see the fear in their eyes,” said one.
However The Taliban have rejected international calls for a ceasefire UK Defense Chief of Staff General Sir Nick Carter said that if the state fractured, “ideal conditions” for international terrorism and violent extremism could emerge.