Islam News – Three cities fell to the insurgent group on Sunday, a staggering advance as government forces struggled to hold the line.
The fighters captured Kunduz, a major commercial hub in the north, and then took two nearby capitals, Sar-i-Pul and Taliqan. Since Friday, two other provincial capitals — Zaranj in the southwest and Sheberghan in the north — have also fallen to the Taliban.
After sweeping through rural areas, the insurgents’ military campaign has recently shifted to brutal urban combat. The Taliban have pushed into major cities like Kandahar and Lashkar Gah in the south and Herat in the west. Here are live updates.
The advance is a devastating blow to the Afghan government. Still, President Biden will not be changing plans to complete U.S. military withdrawal by month’s end, according to a senior administration official.
Source: The New York Times