On Thursday, the Taliban took control of a regional capital near Kabul; this makes it the tenth province capital the militants have seized over one weeklong blitz throughout Afghanistan. Meanwhile, the US & NATO plan to leave the nation after years of conflict.
The terrorists flew their flags bearing an Islamic declaration of faith above Ghazni, a city located 130 kilometers (80 miles) west of Kabul. Two government authorities told the Associated Press that intermittent fighting persisted outside the city at an intelligence facility and a military facility.
The Taliban posted films and photos of themselves in Ghazni, the capital of the Ghazni Province
Throughout the days of combat, persistent demands for comment from Afghan security personnel and the administration have gone unanswered. President Ashraf Ghani, on the other hand, is attempting to mobilize a counterattack based on Afghan special operations forces, warlords militia, and American air support before the US and NATO exit at the end of August.
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Whereas the Afghan capital of Kabul has still not been directly targeted, the offensive’s astonishing rapidity raises worries about how long the Afghan government will be able to hold control of the nation’s remaining slivers. As the battle displaces hundreds of individuals, the state may be compelled to move back and defend the capital and few smaller towns.
Despite government forces holding forts in the area, the city has fallen
Ghazni politician Mohammad Arif Rahmani declared the city has fallen to the Taliban. Amanullah Kamrani, a chairman of the Ghazni provincial assembly, told the Associated Press that the two bases outside the city are still held by government troops.
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Ghazni’s provincial governor and security head, according to Kamrani, forged a pact with the Insurgents to evacuate following their capitulation. As part of the bargain, Taliban video and images purportedly show the governor’s vehicle passing by Taliban fighters unhindered. The two authorities could not be contacted for comment right away.
Militants crammed into one captured Humvee and sped down a prominent route in Ghazni, chanting “God is great!” as they passed by the domed roof of a mosque near the statehouse.
Later, the militants assembled at a roundabout, holding their rifles, for an offhand remark by a leader. A rocket-propelled grenade launcher was carried by one of the militants. The curious crowded around them while they smiled like youngsters.
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Ghazni’s fall is yet another major blow for the Afghan government. The city is located on the Kabul-Kandahar Freeway, which connects Afghanistan’s capital with the nation’s southern regions. This might make resupply and mobility for security forces more difficult, as well as restricting access to the city from the south.
The Taliban have already taken control of nine other major towns across the country during their week-long offensive. Many are in the northeast region of the nation, putting pressure on Kabul from that side as well.