Afghan officials say the Taliban have taken control of nine of the 34 provinces within six days.
According to the Associated Press, the fall of the capitals of the provinces of Badakhshan and Baghlan in the northeast and the province of Farah in the west increased pressure on the central government to halt expansion.
Hundreds of Afghan security forces surrendered in Kunduz. An army official, who declined to be named, said he was attacked by a mortar at Kunduz airport and had no choice but to surrender.
The President of Afghanistan visited Mazar-i-Sharif, the largest city in the north of the country, to support his forces. Kani reviewed the general security situation in the northern region, and held talks with Masar-e-Sharif, Atta Muhammad Noor and the famous warlord General Abdul Rashid Dostam about defending the city as Taliban militants progressed. Towards its suburbs.
Just hours before Kani arrived, pictures posted on government social media showed Dostum boarding a plane in Kabul with armed troops on the way to Muster-e-Sharif. After arriving in the city, Dastan issued a warning to Taliban forces and told reporters: “The Taliban are not learning a lesson from the past,” promising to defeat them.
A senior EU official said Taliban forces were in control of 65 percent of Afghanistan and were seizing or threatening 11 provincial capitals.
The Russian newspaper Kommersant on Wednesday denied that Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu had claimed that Taliban militants had seized control of Afghanistan’s border with Tajikistan and Uzbekistan; This reinforces Moscow’s security concerns.
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet has called for an end to Taliban attacks on Afghan cities.
Authorities say India has sent a military plane to northern Afghanistan as fighting escalates between Afghan security forces and the Taliban. India closed its consulate in Mazar-i-Sharif and urged Indian diplomats and citizens to travel by private plane.
Germany and the Netherlands have announced that they will not deport Afghan asylum seekers for the next six months as their countries deteriorate rapidly. (Agent)
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