Ninth Afghan metropolis falls to Taliban, Ghani in Mazar-i-Sharif: Live

The Taliban armed group has now taken greater than 1 / 4 of Afghanistan’s provincial capitals in lower than per week.

The group has captured 9 provincial capitals in Afghanistan since Friday, together with Faizabad, Farah, Pul-e-Khumri, Sar-e-Pul, Sheberghan, Aybak, Kunduz, Taluqan and Zaranj.

The Taliban has already gained huge components of rural Afghanistan since launching a collection of offensives in May to coincide with the beginning of the ultimate withdrawal of overseas forces.

Here are the newest developments:

Taliban answerable for Kunduz airport: native sources

Local sources in Kunduz verify Taliban experiences that they’ve taken the provincial airport and that members of the Afghan National Security Forces have surrendered to the group, Al Jazeera’s Ali M Latifi experiences from Kabul.

“Since the province fell on Sunday, the airport had been the only part of the province that the Taliban had not yet taken control of,” he says.

Taliban take management of northern Afghan borders: Russia

Taliban fighters have taken management of Afghanistan’s borders with Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, Russia’s Kommersant each day experiences, citing Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu, heightening safety issues for Moscow.

Shoigu says the Taliban has promised to not cross the border, however that Moscow will proceed holding joint drills with its allies within the area.

Russia operates a army base in Tajikistan and the previous Soviet republic is a member of a Moscow-led army bloc, that means that Moscow could be obliged to guard it within the occasion of invasion. Uzbekistan additionally has shut ties with Russia.

Uncertainty dominates second day of Doha talks

Al Jazeera’s Mohammed Jamjoom, reporting from Doha, says it’s so far unclear what the agenda is on the second day of Afghanistan talks held within the Qatari capital.

“At the end last night, after a long day of talks some of the diplomats in attendance indicated that perhaps today there might be a meeting of the extended Troika countries – that’s Russia, the US, China and Pakistan – on the sidelines of these international meeting regarding peace in Afghanistan,” he says.

Taliban fighters patrol inside the town of Farah, the capital of Farah province [Mohammad Asif Khan/AP]

“The extended Troika that is a Moscow-initiated group that meets and consults on ways to try and support inter-Afghan peace talks.”

He additionally says that it’s exhausting to say if the assembly really occurs, as a result of Russia didn’t attend the primary day of talks.

“It was unclear why they didn’t show up, but it is expected that it will play a part today,” he says.

Taliban declare firing rockets into Bagram airbase

The Taliban declare to have fired rockets into the Bagram airbase situated north of Kabul.

An official on the airbase has mentioned the rockets didn’t reach the bottom, touchdown as a substitute in far off areas, in line with Al Jazeera’s Ali M Latifi, reporting from Kabul.

Ninth Afghan provincial capital falls to Taliban

Badakhshan province’s capital Faizabad is the newest to fall to the Taliban.

Zabihullah Attiq, a neighborhood lawmaker, tells the AFP information company that safety forces had retreated from the town after days of heavy clashes.

“The Taliban have captured the city now,” he says.

Three extra provincial capitals fall to Taliban: Officials

Afghan officers say three extra provincial capitals have fallen to the Taliban since Tuesday, placing 9 of the nation’s 34 within the armed group’s fingers amid the US withdrawal.

The officers tells The Associated Press that the capitals of Badakhshan, Baghlan and Farah provinces all fell – Faizabad, Pul-e-Khumri and Farah respectively.

The Afghan authorities and army didn’t instantly reply to requests for remark.

President Ghani flies into Mazar-i-Sharif

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani flies to the besieged northern metropolis of Mazar-i-Sharif to rally his beleaguered forces, with Taliban fighters having now taken greater than 1 / 4 of the nation’s provincial capitals in lower than per week.

He plans “to check the general security in the northern zone”, in line with an announcement launched by the palace.

The Afghan chief can also be more likely to maintain talks with Mazar-i-Sharif’s longtime strongman Atta Mohammad Noor and notorious militia chief Abdul Rashid Dostum in regards to the defence of the town as Taliban fighters inch nearer to its outskirts.

The lack of Mazar-i-Sharif could be a catastrophic blow to the Kabul authorities and symbolize the whole collapse of its management over the north – lengthy a bastion of anti-Taliban militias.


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