Kabul. The crisis on the Ashraf Ghani government in Afghanistan is deepening. Taliban fighters have reached near Kabul and there has been a complete blackout in the capital. According to reports, the Taliban destroyed the electricity supply using explosives. On the other hand, it is clearly visible in the video shared on social media that Kabul is shrouded in darkness and the conflict with the Taliban has reached its turning point.
With this, an Afghan lawmaker and the Taliban have said that extremists have captured Jalalabad and Kabul has been cut off from the eastern part of the country. The Taliban released some photos online on Sunday morning in which their men can be seen in the governor’s office in Jalalabad, the capital of Nangarhar province. Province MP Abarullah Murad told the Associated Press that extremists had captured Jalalabad.
Taliban capture Mazar-e-Sharif
Earlier, Afghanistan’s fourth largest city Mazar-e-Sharif was captured by the Taliban after all-out attacks on Saturday. An MP gave this information. With this, the Taliban took control of all of northern Afghanistan, and now only the central and eastern parts remain under the control of a Western-backed government. Balkh MP Abbas Ibrahimzada said the province’s National Army Corps surrendered first, after which pro-government militias and other forces lost their morale and conceded defeat.
He said Abdul Rashid and Ata Mohammed, who led thousands of fighters, had fled the province of Noor and were nowhere to be found. An Afghan lawmaker said the Taliban had captured Daikundi province without a fight. Provincial MP Syed Mohamed Dawood Nasiri said firing was heard only twice before the rebels took over all provincial installations in the capital Nili.
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Herat, Kandahar and Maimana were also captured.
The Taliban has come a long way in recent times. He captured Herat and Kandahar, the country’s second and third largest cities, respectively. It now occupies about 24 out of 34 provinces. The Taliban occupied Kunar, a small province bordering Pakistan, without a fight. Nemtullah Karyab, an MP from the area gave this information. Later, the fighters captured Mihterlam, the capital of Lagman province, without a fight. The MP of the province, Jefon Safi, gave this information.
The Taliban have also captured Maimana, the capital of northern Faryab province. Fauzia Roufi, a parliamentarian from the province, gave this information. Maimana was besieged by the Taliban for a month and Taliban terrorists had entered the city a few days ago. He said the security forces resisted but finally surrendered on Saturday.
The threat of civil war in Afghanistan
With less than three weeks left for the full withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan, the Taliban have taken control of much of north, west and south Afghanistan. Due to this, fears have increased that the Taliban may again occupy Afghanistan or a situation of civil war may arise in the country.
Earlier, Logar MP Homa Ahmadi said on Saturday that the Taliban had captured the whole of Logar and detained provincial officials. He said the Taliban had reached four Asyab districts, just 11 kilometers south of Kabul. Later, the rebels captured Mihtarlam, the capital of Lagman province, northeast of Kabul, without a fight. Zefon Safi, an MP from the province, gave this information.
The terrorists also captured the capital of Paktia, bordering Pakistan. This information was given by Khalid Asad, MP from the province. Syed Hussein Gardezi, an MP from neighboring Paktika province, said the Taliban had captured most of the local capital, Gardej, but fighting with government forces was on. The Taliban said they had captured the city.
Won’t let 20 years of “achievements” go to waste: Ghani
Meanwhile, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has said he will not let 20 years of “achievements” go to waste. He said “discussions” were going on amid the Taliban attack. He addressed the nation through television on Saturday. This is his first public remark since the Taliban seized key areas in recent days.
The US continued peace talks between the government and the Taliban in Qatar this week and the international community has warned that a Taliban government established by force will not be accepted. “We have started consultations with experienced government leaders, representatives from different levels of the community and our international partners,” Ghani said, without giving details, but added, “You will see this soon.” The result will be informed.
Hundreds of billions of US dollars wasted
The withdrawal of foreign forces and the withdrawal of forces from Afghanistan, despite hundreds of billions of dollars in US aid over the years, has raised fears that the Taliban may retake the country or spark factional conflict in the country. That happened in 1989 after the departure of the former Soviet Union. A 3,000-person contingent of the US Marine Battalion arrived here on Friday to help partially clear the US embassy amid the rapid expansion of the Taliban in Afghanistan. The remaining soldiers are likely to reach on Sunday.
Canadian government will settle Afghans here
Meanwhile, the Canadian government has announced that it will permanently settle 20,000 “vulnerable” Afghans, including Sikhs and Hindus, fleeing the war-torn country amid a deadly attack launched by Taliban militants. The Canadian government said in a statement, “Canada is deeply concerned about the deteriorating situation in Afghanistan and the risks posed to many vulnerable Afghans. Afghans’ lives are in danger as the Taliban occupy parts of Afghanistan. Many people have already fled the country.”
Meanwhile, the US Air Force has carried out several airstrikes in support of the Afghan coalition, but this is not having any significant effect on the advance of the Taliban. A B-52 bomber and other warplanes flew over the country’s airspace. The Taliban captured large parts of Afghanistan in the last week, after which the pressure on the central government of Afghanistan has increased. On the other hand, America, Britain and Canada have sent troops to help their diplomatic staff present there.
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