The advance of the Taliban in Afghan cities continues. According to the latest news from AFP, the Taliban, who entered the town of Ghazni, located just 150 kilometers from the capital Kabul, announced that they had also seized the place.
Afghan officials in the city reported that the Taliban had taken control of key points in the city.
Thus, the number of cities captured by the Taliban in Afghanistan has increased to 10.
The chairman of the provincial council of Ghazni, Nasir Ahmad Fakiri, told the Anadolu Agency (AA) that the control in the provincial center of the historic city of Ghazni, located on the road connecting the southern provinces of the country to Kabul, was entirely under the control of the Taliban. .
President Ashraf Ghani visited Mazar-i Sharif, the center of northern Balkh province, with political leaders Marshal Rashid Dostum, Mohammed Muhakkik and Cuma Khan Hamdard, after the provincial centers in northern Afghanistan came under the control of the Taliban one after another.
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Afghan President Ashraf Ghani held a security meeting with political leaders and local officials in Balkh. In the statement made by the Balkh Governorate, it was noted that the security issues in the north were discussed during the meeting.
In the statement made by Rashid Dostum’s press office, which was present at the meeting, it was stated that a comprehensive operation was planned in the northern and northeastern provinces which were under Taliban control. The city of Mazar-i Sharif, with a population of 700,000, which is the last stronghold of government, especially in the north, is of utmost importance with its strategic location. If this city falls, the situation for the administration of Kabul will become even more difficult.
Meanwhile, the city of Feyzabad, in the center of Badakhshan province, located in the northeast of the country, bordering Tajikistan, China and Pakistan, came under Taliban control. Thus, the number of provincial centers seized in a week rose to 10. Badakhsan Provincial Council deputy Hüccetullah Hıradmand said that militants launched an attack on the city of Feyzabad, the center of the province, there. was about 2 weeks old, and although they had been pushed back three times, the security forces had to withdraw the night before. . Hiradmand noted that the Taliban have completely taken the city center under their control.
At the same time, the French news agency AFP said that hundreds of Afghan soldiers who had taken refuge in the airport just outside Kunduz, which had been captured by the Taliban, surrendered to the forces. Taliban with all their gear. An Afghan army officer, who spoke to AFP and did not want his name released, claimed that they were exposed to heavy mortar fire at Kunduz airport and that they had no choice but to surrender. The officer said, “He didn’t have a chance to resist. My unit, made up of 20 soldiers, three Humvee jeeps and four pickup trucks, surrendered. Now we are all waiting for our forgiveness letter. There is a long line, ”he said.
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The Taliban, which quickly took over the capitals of 10 provinces in Afghanistan, which consists of 34 provinces, controls the 11 million people living in the country’s city of 38 million. Although the organization claims that it “does not harm civilians”, it is reported that hundreds of Afghans have lost their lives in clashes with the Afghan army. According to the report released by the United Nations last month, the number of civilians who died in the country in the first 6 months of the year increased by around 50% compared to the same period last year.