Afghanistan maps show cities that have fallen into the hands of the Taliban

Kabul: Taliban fighters are rapidly advancing across large parts of Afghanistan, capturing new territories almost daily. The most recent significant blow was the loss of Logar province, located less than 80 km south of the country’s capital Kabul. According to the AP news agency, Homa Ahmadi, a Logar legislator, has claimed that the Taliban now controlled the entire province including its capital, and had even reached a district in the nearby Kabul province.Read also – Rise of the Taliban in Afghanistan – Ramifications for India after the fall of Kabul

Yesterday, the rebels had captured Kandahar and Herat – the country’s second and third largest cities. Since the deportation of the Taliban in 2001, they have now taken control of large parts of northern, western and southern Afghanistan. Of the total of 34 provincial capitals in Afghanistan, 18, nearly 60 percent of the country’s territory has fallen to the Taliban.

Taliban fighters stand on a roadside vehicle in Kandahar (AFP photo)

The situation in the war-torn country has worsened since the withdrawal of US-led troops, which began on May 1, and President Joe Biden ordered the US military to complete its mission in Afghanistan before the end of this month, and he said he does not regret the resignation decision earlier in the week.

Many Afghan cities and about half of the country’s 34 provinces in recent weeks have experienced heavy fighting and street fighting between Afghan forces and Taliban militants. Due to rising violence, the terrorist group has looted and killed civilians after capturing several areas from the government.

Muzhda, a 35-year-old single woman who arrived in Kabul with her two sisters, said she was afraid of the future. “I cry day and night. I have previously rejected marriage proposals. “If the Taliban comes and forces me to get married, I will commit suicide,” she told the AFP news agency.

In this photo taken on August 13, 2021, Taliban fighters are pictured in a vehicle along the roadside in Herat, Afghanistan’s third largest city, after government forces withdrew the day after the following weeks of siege.
(AFP Photo)

The UN expressed concern over the dire situation and called on UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to stop the offensive immediately, claiming that using force is a “losing proposition” and can only lead to protracted civil war and complete isolation of war-torn nation. .

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