KABUL—Afghan authorities defenses collapsed in key cities in northern Afghanistan on Sunday, because the Taliban seized the strategic hub of Kunduz and pushed into different provincial capitals, making the most of the American navy withdrawal.
Along with Kunduz, the Taliban captured the provincial capital of Sar-e-Pul and had been on the verge of finishing the takeover of Taloqan, the capital of close by Takhar province. The insurgents already seized two of Afghanistan’s 34 provincial capitals on Friday and Saturday, and Sunday had been battling authorities forces on the outskirts of main city facilities Herat and Kandahar.
The Taliban, who swept through the country’s rural areas earlier this summer time, have managed to make these dramatic good points even because the U.S. continues airstrikes in help of the Afghan authorities from bases within the Persian Gulf and elsewhere. These airstrikes, nonetheless, are because of finish Aug. 31, in accordance with President Biden’s choice to withdraw all troops from Afghanistan.
The U.S. has already pulled out all fight forces, aside from a couple of hundred troops defending the U.S. Embassy and different American installations in Kabul. Washington has additionally withdrawn the contractors on whom the Afghan navy relied to service its personal warplanes and navy helicopters. That has primarily disadvantaged Kabul of the power to offer air help to its troops who, due to Taliban management of the countryside, normally can’t be equipped by street.
Kunduz, the most important metropolis in northeastern Afghanistan with almost 300,000 residents, has for years been a key goal of the Taliban. The insurgents briefly seized it twice earlier than, in 2015 and 2016, however had been rapidly pushed out by the Afghan navy and U.S. Particular Forces. An errant U.S. airstrike through the combating in 2015 hit a trauma hospital operated by Medical doctors With out Borders, killing 42 individuals.
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