Taliban barrage multi-pronged advance on arctic Afghan city
A government agent said the Taliban had launched a multi-pronged advance on the arctic Afghan burghal of Mazar-e-Sharif, ambience off abundant angry on its outskirts.
A government official said the Taliban attacked the arctic burghal of Mazar-e-Sharif several admonition ambience off abundant angry on its outskirts. (AP photo)
The Taliban launched a multi-pronged advance aboriginal Saturday on Mazar-e-Sharif, a above burghal in arctic Afghanistan dedicated by able above warlords.
Munir Ahmad Farhad, a agent for the bigoted governor in arctic Balkh province, said the Taliban attacked the burghal from several admonition ambience off abundant angry on its outskirts. There was no actual chat on casualties.
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani had aureate to Mazar-e-Sharif on Wednesday to assemblage the city’s defences, affair with several militia commanders affiliated with the government.
The Taliban captured abundant of southern Afghanistan in contempo canicule in a accelerated abhorrent that has aloft fears of a abounding takeover beneath than three weeks afore the US is set to abjure its aftermost troops.
The Taliban accept captured best of northern, western and southern Afghanistan in contempo weeks, abrogation the Western-backed government in ascendancy of a scattering of ambit in the centermost and east, as able-bodied as the capital, Kabul.
The abandonment of adopted armament and the abrupt retreat of Afghanistan’s own troops — admitting hundreds of billions of dollars in US aid over the years — has aloft fears the Taliban could acknowledgment to ability or the country could be plunged into civilian war.
The aboriginal Marines from a accidental of 3,000 accustomed on Friday to advice partially abandon the US Embassy. The blow are set to access by Sunday, and their deployment has aloft questions about whether the administering will accommodated its August 31 abandonment deadline.
The Taliban meanwhile appear a video in which an bearding anarchical appear the takeover of the capital radio base in the southern burghal of Kandahar, which fell to the insurgents beforehand this week.
The base has been renamed the Voice of Sharia, or Islamic law. He said all advisers were present and would advertisement news, political assay and recitations of the Quran, the Islamic angelic book. It appears the base will no best comedy music.
It was not bright if the Taliban had purged the antecedent advisers or accustomed them to acknowledgment to work. Best association of Kandahar action the acceptable dress favoured by the Taliban. The man in the video congratulated the bodies of Kandahar on the Taliban’s victory.
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The Taliban accept operated adaptable radio stations over the years, but accept not operated a base central a above burghal back they disqualified the country from 1996-2001. At that time, they additionally ran a base alleged Voice of Sharia out of Kandahar, the birthplace of the active group. Music was banned.
The US invaded anon afterwards the 9/11 attacks, which al-Qaida planned and agitated out while actuality cloistral by Taliban. Afterwards rapidly degradation the Taliban, the US confused against nation-building, acquisitive to actualize a avant-garde Afghan accompaniment afterwards decades of war and unrest.
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Earlier this year, President Joe Biden appear a timeline for the abandonment of all US troops by the end of August, alliance to end America’s longest war. His predecessor, President Donald Trump, had accomplished an acceding with the Taliban to pave the way for a US pullout.
Biden’s advertisement set the latest abhorrent in motion. The Taliban, who accept continued controlled ample genitalia of the Afghan countryside, confused bound to appropriate bigoted capitals, bound crossings and added key infrastructure. They are now aural 80 kilometres of Kabul.
Tens of bags of Afghans accept fled their homes, with abounding fearing a acknowledgment to the Taliban’s backbreaking rule. The accumulation had ahead absolute Afghanistan beneath a acrid adaptation of Islamic law in which women were abundantly bedfast to the home.
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