Taliban advance continues in Afghanistan … number has risen to 23

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Faryab’s interim provincial council Ak Muhammed Nuri said militants launched an attack on Maymena town at midday.

Expressing that the city center was under Taliban control following the attack, Nuri said security forces surrendered to the organization.

On the other hand, Belh Abbad İbrahimzade MP noted that the Taliban started their attack on the city of Mazar-i-Sharif in the afternoon.

Noting that the city center was under Taliban control following the attack, Ibrahimzade said security forces took refuge at the airport.

Ibrahimzade said the Taliban released the prisoners right after they entered the city center.

Eyewitnesses claimed that former Vice President Marshal Rashid Dostum, former Governor of Belh Ata Muhammed Nur and other local officials from Mazar-i Sharif moved to the border with Uzbekistan.

Thus, all 7 provincial centers in northern Afghanistan were under the control of the Taliban. The number of provincial centers in which Afghan government forces have lost control against the Taliban in the past 9 days has risen to 23.

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This afternoon, the cities of the provinces of Paktika, Kunar, Paktiya in the east of the country, Sherene, Esed Abad and Gardiz were under the control of the Taliban.

THE TALIBAN WILL TAKE THE CASE OF PROVINCIAL CENTERS

After the United States’ decision to withdraw from Afghanistan and the Afghan administration’s unsuccessful peace talks with the Taliban, the Taliban’s attacks accelerated.

The Taliban, after capturing dozens of districts in June, turned to the provincial centers they besieged.

Zaranc, the provincial center in Nimruz on the Afghanistan-Iran border, became the first provincial center captured by the Taliban. Afghan security forces subsequently lost Taliban control in 23 provincial centers, mainly in the north and south. Kabul’s administration still dominates in 11 provincial centers.

The intensification of the conflict in recent months has increased civilian casualties and migration.

According to the United Nations (UN), 1,659 civilians lost their lives in the first half of 2021, while more than 1,000 civilians died last month.

The Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission announced that around 1 million civilians were displaced from their homes between early May and August.

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The UN reports that 18 million Afghans are in need of humanitarian assistance.

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