With every passing moment, the Taliban’s occupation of Afghanistan is increasing. Now the capital Kabul is only a few steps away from the fighters of this radical Islamic group.
Taliban fighters have captured the second and third largest cities of Afghanistan. With this, the fear has now increased that there are only a few days left for the Taliban attack on Afghanistan’s capital Kabul. A government official has confirmed that Kandahar, the economic hub of the south, is now under Taliban control. At the same time, the city of Herat in the west is also now under the control of this fanatical Islamic group.
The US-led International Forces, which have been fighting here for 20 years, have gone back, which has allowed the Taliban to capture many cities of the country. Ghulam Habib Hashimi, a member of the provincial council, has told about Herat, a city with a population of 6 lakhs bordering Iran, ‘The city’s front line looks like a ghost town. The families here have either gone away or are hiding in their homes.
A US defense official has said there are now concerns that the Taliban, ousted from power since the September 11 attacks on the United States in 2001, could now take control of Kabul in a matter of days. Whereas earlier on Thursday, the administration of President Joe Biden has announced to send 3,000 additional troops to help evacuate US embassy staff. Regarding this, the Pentagon has said that most of these soldiers will be in Kabul by the end of the weekend. At the same time, Britain has also confirmed the launch of a military operation to evacuate its citizens from Afghanistan.
Amidst the deteriorating situation in Afghanistan, where all countries are trying to evacuate their citizens from there, the United Nations has said that it will not remove its employees from Afghanistan. However, the UN is shifting its employees living in the rest of the country to Kabul.
UN Secretary-General António Guterres has urged all parties to do as much as possible to protect civilians, warning that “Afghanistan is spiraling out of control”. It is time to control the aggression. It is time to start the serious dialogue and prevent a protracted civil war or save Afghanistan from falling apart.
Afghan Vice-President Amrullah Saleh has said after a security meeting chaired by President Ashraf Ghani that he is proud of the armed forces and that the government will do everything possible to strengthen the fight against the Taliban.