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One hundred kilometers from Kabul is a new provincial capital captured by the Taliban

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A dangerous Taliban attack is approaching near the capital, Kabul. Ghazni, the capital of the province of the same name, is located 140 kilometers southwest of the Afghan capital and is now controlled by Islamist rebels. This was confirmed by Nasser Ahmed Fakhri, head of the Ghazni Provincial Council, quoted by the Agency France-Press (AFP). “Essential” From the city “It fell into the hands of the Taliban this morning. They took control of key areas: the governor’s office, the police headquarters, the jail..

Amanullah Kamrani, a member of the same council quoted by the Associated Press (AP), confirms that there are pockets of defense, including the governor’s house. The Taliban, on the other hand, claimed responsibility for capturing the city by posting videos and photos online.

In one week, they captured ten of the 34 provincial capitals in Afghanistan. Ghazni is currently closest to Kabul; In addition to announcing a new military victory, it gives the Taliban an operational advantage: they are approaching the capital from the north, and now from the south, after landing the city of Paul-e Khomri on Tuesday. Ghazni’s control also allows them to influence the axis that connects Kabul with Kandahar, the second largest Afghan city in the south.

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According to a study by the U.S. Secret Service, cited by the Associated Press, if the Taliban attack continues at this rate, the city of Kabul will be under their control within 30 days, and the whole of Afghanistan in a few months.

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In the diplomatic arena, President Ashraf Ghani’s Afghan government is stepping up its call for help in dealing with the ongoing humanitarian crisis. Tens of thousands of people have now taken refuge in camps across the country to escape the fighting targeting urban centers.

Afghanistan will not hide a particular resentment from the United States, which has remained in the country for twenty years, but the final elements must be abandoned by the end of the month. Tuesday, August 10, US President Joe Biden, Firmly “Don’t regret anything [sa] Decision “.

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Le Monte with AFP and AP

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