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Taliban Capture Jalalabad, Kabul Only Main City In Afghan Control: Report

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Taliban took management of the japanese Afghan metropolis of Jalalabad early Sunday (File)

Kabul:

The Taliban raced nearer to a whole navy takeover of Afghanistan on Sunday after capturing extra main cities, leaving solely the remoted capital Kabul for them to beat.

The insurgents took management of the important thing japanese metropolis of Jalalabad on Sunday, simply hours after the seizing the northern anti-Taliban bastion of Mazar-i-Sharif — furthering an astonishing rout of presidency forces and warlord militias achieved in simply 10 days.

“We woke up this morning to the Taliban white flags all over the city. They entered without fighting,” mentioned Jalalabad resident Ahmad Wali, confirming a declare on social media made by the Taliban.

President Ashraf Ghani’s authorities gave the impression to be left with few choices because the Taliban successfully surrounded Kabul — both put together for a bloody struggle for the capital or capitulate.

On Saturday Ghani sought to undertaking a semblance of authority with a nationwide handle during which he spoke of “re-mobilising” the navy whereas in search of a “political solution” to the disaster.

But the lack of Mazar-i-Sharif and Jalalabad are enormous back-to-back blows for Ghani and his authorities.

It left the Taliban — who’ve fighters lower than an hour’s drive from Kabul — holding all of the playing cards in any negotiated give up of the capital.

President Joe Biden ordered the deployment of a further 1,000 US troops to assist safe the emergency evacuation from Kabul of embassy workers and 1000’s of Afghans who labored for American forces and now worry Taliban reprisals.

That was on prime of the three,000 American troopers deployed in latest days, and 1,000 left in-country after Biden introduced in May that the ultimate withdrawal of the 20-year navy presence in Afghanistan could be accomplished by September 11.

That choice has come underneath elevated scrutiny given the collapse of the Afghan armed forces, however he insisted Saturday there was no alternative.

“I was the fourth president to preside over an American troop presence in Afghanistan — two Republicans, two Democrats. I would not, and will not, pass this war onto a fifth,” Biden mentioned.

Heavy combating

In Mazar-i-Sharif, Taliban fighters rapidly took cost.

“They are parading on their vehicles and motorbikes, firing into the air in celebration,” mentioned Atiqullah Ghayor, who lives close to the town’s famed blue mosque.

Warlords Abdul Rashid Dostum and Atta Mohammad Noor, who had led a militia resistance within the metropolis to help authorities forces, had fled to Uzbekistan, about 30 kilometres to the north, an aide to Noor mentioned.

Noor later tweeted that they’d been betrayed by the navy and had been in a “safe place”, including: “I have a lot of untold stories that I will share in due course.”

As the Taliban closed in on the capital, panicked residents shaped lengthy strains outdoors banks, hoping to withdraw their financial savings. Some branches appeared to have already run of money.

Residents close to Pul-e-Charkhi jail outdoors Kabul informed AFP they heard gunfire coming from the ability — presumably the results of an inmate rebellion.

In his first handle to the nation because the Taliban launched their sweeping offensive, which was recorded, Ghani mentioned he wished to cease the violence.

“I will not let the imposed war on people cause more deaths,” he mentioned, showing sombre and sitting earlier than an Afghan flag.

Ghani mentioned the armed forces could possibly be “remobilized” and consultations had been going down to attempt to assist finish the combating, however supplied few specifics on what his administration was planning.

The presidential palace later mentioned: “A delegation with authority should soon be appointed by the government and be ready for negotiation.”

Further particulars weren’t instantly obtainable.

‘Crying night time and day’

For Kabul residents and the tens of 1000’s who’ve sought refuge there in latest weeks, the overwhelming temper was one in every of apprehension and worry.

Muzhda, 35, a single lady who arrived within the capital together with her two sisters after fleeing close by Parwan, mentioned she was terrified.

“I am crying day and night,” she informed AFP. “If the Taliban come and force me to marry, I will commit suicide.”

The Taliban imposed an ultra-austere model of Islam on Afghanistan throughout their 1996-2001 rule.

The scale and pace of their advance have shocked Afghans and the US-led alliance that poured billions into the nation after toppling the insurgents within the wake of the September 11, 2001 assaults.

Individual Afghan troopers, models and even entire divisions have surrendered — handing the Taliban much more automobiles and navy {hardware} for his or her lightning advance.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV workers and is printed from a syndicated feed.)

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