The second-largest city of Afghanistan captured by the Taliban

The second-largest city of Afghanistan captured by the Taliban

On Friday, after days of fierce fighting, The second-largest city of Afghanistan,, the Taliban claimed to have captured Kandahar, Afghanistan's second-largest city and the movement's birthplace. "Kandahar is completely conquered.

According to AFP, the Mujahideen reached Martyrs' Square in the city," a Taliban spokesperson tweeted. A resident also told AFP that government forces appeared to have withdrawn to a military facility outside the city. and The second-largest city of Afghanistan captured.

Hours before that, the United States announced that it would send troops to evacuate personnel from the US embassy in Kabul. The Pentagon said 3,000 US troops would be deployed to Kabul within the next 24 to 48 hours and stressed that they would not be used to launch attacks against the Taliban.

"We are further reducing our civilians footprint in Kabul in light of the increasing security situation," US State Department spokesperson Ned Price told reporters. "This is not abandonment. This is not an evacuation. This is not the wholesale withdrawal," he said.

UK defense secretary Ben Wallace said London would send 600 of its troops to evacuate its nationals and "support the relocation of former Afghan staff who risked their lives serving alongside us.

According to AP, the seizure of Kandahar and Herat marks the most prominent prizes yet for the Taliban. The group has now taken 12 of Afghanistan's 34 provincial capitals as it has mounted offensives in the last few days and continues to press forward.

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A US military intelligence assessment suggests Kabul could come under Taliban within 30 days and that the group could gain complete control of the country within a few months. Most of the country is now under the Taliban's power as the US and Nato forces will complete withdrawal by the end of the month.

On Thursday, government forces pulled out of Herat, an ancient silk road city near the Iranian border, and retreated to a district army barracks after being under siege for weeks.

However, a Taliban spokesperson posted that "soldiers laid down their arms and joined the Mujahideen.

On Thursday, the Afghan interior ministry also confirmed the fall of Ghazni, about 150 kilometers from Kabul. "The enemy took control," the ministry's spokesperson Mirwais Stanikzai said in a message to the media. He also said that Afghan security forces had arrested the city's governor.

Security personnel familiar with the development told AFP that Qala-i-Naw, the capital of Badghis province in the northwest, also fell on Thursday.

The Taliban attacks have forced thousands of Afghans to flee their homes as videos and photographs on social show the group's fighters killing and torturing civilians.."."

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