Following the American decision to withdraw its military forces from Afghanistan, the advance of the Taliban in the country continues.
According to the latest news, the number of provincial centers that Afghan government forces have lost control to the Taliban in the past 6 days has risen to 9 with the western city of Feyzabad.
THE NEW TALIBAN TARGET
The Taliban have now set their sights on Mazar-i-Sharif. If this city, which is the center of Balkh province, falls, the pressure on the Afghan government and Kabul will increase further.
Mazar-i-Sharif, the center of Belh province on the border with Uzbekistan, has around 700,000 inhabitants where Tajiks, Pashtuns, Uzbeks, Turkmens and Hazaras live intensely. Traditionally known for its anti-Taliban stance, this city is located at a key crossroads. If he falls, it will be a heavy moral defeat for the Afghan government. By the way, this city has an important place in the world of Shia belief. Some religious circles, Caliph Hz. He claims that Ali’s tomb was moved from Najaf in Iraq to Mazar-i-Sharif.
INCREASED PRESSURE ON KABUL
Over the past four days, the Taliban have captured a total of eight provincial centers, six in the north, one in the south and one in the west. Experts say pressure on Kabul, the center of the Afghan government, has also increased. The northern provinces of the country were under the control of the Northern Alliance during the period in power between 1996 and 2001, when the Taliban took control of the capital Kabul. Now the Taliban are trying to take these areas and put pressure on Kabul. The Taliban plan to shut down the north, eliminating the possibility of government forces getting help from their neighbors to the north. If the town of Mazar-i-Sharif falls to the Taliban, it will be more difficult for the administration in Kabul to resist. The Afghan government still controls 27 of the 34 provincial centers.
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BIDEN DOES NOT REGRET
In his report yesterday, US President Joe Biden said he does not regret the decision to withdraw US troops from that country, despite the rapid advance of the Taliban. Claiming that the Afghan leadership “must come together and fight for themselves,” Biden said the United States will continue to support the government in Kabul. US Department of Defense (Pentagon) spokesperson John Kirby also said of the Afghan military: “Those who live in inner cities are their citizens. “They must fight terrorism and take the lead,” he said.
DISCUSSION ON IMMIGRANTS IN THE EU: LET’S SEND AFGHANS
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The debate on the return of Afghans, whose asylum seekers have been rejected, has started within the European Union. The Netherlands, Austria, Germany, Belgium, Denmark and Greece have said in letters they sent to the EU that the return of undocumented Afghans to this country is expected to continue. The Afghan government announced on August 5 that it was delaying the return of migrants by three months. In a joint letter from 6 EU countries, European Commission spokesperson Adelbert Jahnz stressed that the EU has no discretion over the decision to return, and that it is about ‘a decision at national level that each member country will take following individual assessments. .