Taliban bind anchor on Afghanistan as all eyes about-face to basic Kabul, govt says it 'stands firm'

Taliban bind anchor on Afghanistan as all eyes about-face to basic Kabul, govt says it 'stands firm'

A government official accepted that Kandahar, the bread-and-butter hub of the south, was beneath Taliban ascendancy as all-embracing armament complete their abandonment afterwards 20 years of war.

Taliban fighters angle bouncer axial the burghal of Ghazni, southwest of Kabul, Afghanistan. (Picture credit: AP/PTI)

Taliban insurgents accept bedeviled Afghanistan's second- and third-biggest cities as attrition from government armament crumbled, stoking fears that an beforehand on the basic Kabul could be aloof canicule away.

A government official accepted that Kandahar, the bread-and-butter hub of the south, was beneath Taliban ascendancy as all-embracing armament complete their abandonment afterwards 20 years of war.

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Herat in the west additionally fell to the hardline Islamist group.

"The burghal looks like a frontline, a apparition town," bigoted board affiliate Ghulam Habib Hashimi said by blast from Herat, a burghal of about 600,000 bodies abreast the bound with Iran.

"Families accept either larboard or are ambuscade in their homes."

A arch U.S. defence official said there was affair that the Taliban - ousted from ability by U.S-led armament in 2001 afterwards the 9/11 attacks on the United States - could accomplish a move on Kabul in days.

But Washington was acquisitive the Afghan aegis armament would put up added attrition as the insurgents move afterpiece to the capital.

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Afghan First Vice President Amrullah Saleh said he was appreciative of the country's armed forces.

"It was absitively with confidence & boldness that WE STAND FIRM AGAINST TALIBAN TERRORISTS & DO EVERYTHING TO STRENGTHEN THE NATIONAL RESISTANCE BY ALL MEANS AND WAYS. PERIOD," he tweeted afterwards a civic aegis affair chaired by President Ashraf Ghani.

The angry has aloft fears of a refugee crisis and a acknowledgment of assets in animal rights back the Taliban were ousted. Some 400,000 civilians accept been affected from their homes back the alpha of the year, 250,000 of them back May, a U.N. official said.

"The bearings has all the hallmarks of a altruistic catastrophe," the U.N. World Food Programme's Thomson Phiri told a briefing.

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The WFP was anxious about a "larger course of hunger," he said.

Under Taliban rule, women could not work, girls were not accustomed to appear academy and women had to awning their face and be accompanied by a macho about if they basic to adventure out of their homes. In aboriginal July, Taliban fighters ordered nine women to stop alive in a bank.

Of Afghanistan's above cities, the government still holds Mazar-i-Sharif in the arctic and Jalalabad, abreast the Pakistani bound in the east, in accession to Kabul.

In acknowledgment to the Taliban advances, the Pentagon said on Thursday it would accelerate about 3,000 added troops aural 48 hours to advice abandon U.S. Admiral staff.

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Britain said it would arrange about 600 troops to advice its citizens leave while added embassies, including those of the Netherlands, Germany and Norway, and aid groups said they were additionally accepting their bodies out.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will authority an emergency affair on Friday to altercate Afghanistan, a agent said.

NATO allies additionally captivated consultations on the Afghan situation.

Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg tweeted: "Our aim charcoal to abutment the Afghan government & aegis forces. We advance our adept attendance in Kabul & the aegis of our cadre is paramount."

Afghan official: Taliban booty basic of Ghor province

The United Nations has said a Taliban abhorrent extensive Kabul would accept a "catastrophic appulse on civilians". But there is little achievement for a adjourned end to the fighting, with the insurgents allegedly set on a aggressive victory.

Families were camping out in a Kabul esplanade with little or no shelter, accepting able abandon abroad in the country.

The Taliban additionally took the towns of Lashkar Gah in the south and Qala-e-Naw in the northwest, aegis admiral said. Firuz Koh, basic of axial Ghor province, was handed over after a fight, admiral said.

The militants, angry to defeat the government and appoint their austere adaptation of Islamic rule, accept taken ascendancy of 14 of Afghanistan's 34 bigoted capitals back Aug. 6.

Taliban apprehend adept militia arch Mohammad Ismail Khan in Afghanistan's Herat

After abduction Herat, the insurgents bedfast adept administrator Ismail Khan, an official said. They had promised not to abuse him and added captured officials.

A Taliban agent accepted that Khan, who had been arch fighters adjoin the Taliban, was in their custody.

The acceleration of the abhorrent as U.S.-led adopted armament adapt to complete their abandonment by the end of this ages has led to recriminations over President Joe Biden's accommodation to abjure U.S. troops.

Biden said this anniversary he did not affliction his decision, acquainted that Washington has spent added than $1 abundance in America's longest war and absent bags of troops.

The accident of Kandahar is a abundant draft to the government. It is the heartland of the Taliban - indigenous Pashtun fighters who emerged in 1994 amidst the anarchy of civilian war.

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin batten to Ghani on Thursday and told him the United States remained "invested" in Afghanistan's security.

But at home, criticism of Biden's action has been mounting.

The U.S. Senate's Republican baton Mitch McConnell, said the avenue action was sending the United States "hurtling against an alike worse aftereffect to the base abatement of Saigon in 1975", apropos to Arctic Vietnam's achievement in the Vietnam war. He apprenticed Biden to accomplish to giving added abutment to Afghan forces.

Reporting by Kabul, Islamabad, Geneva and Washington bureaus, Writing by Robert Birsel, Nick Macfie and Gareth Jones, Editing by Raju Gopalakrishnan, Frances Kerry, Mark Heinrich and Angus MacSwan

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