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Afghanistan: 22 provincial capitals fall under the fold of the Taliban


AA / Kabul

The Afghan Taliban movement announced on Saturday evening that it had taken control of the town of “Maïmana”, capital of the province of Faryab on the border with Turkmenistan.

According to the monitoring of the Anadolu Agency, 22 Afghan provincial capitals, out of the country’s 34, are now under the control of the Taliban.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said in a tweet that the movement’s fighters “have seized the town of Maïmana, capital of Faryab province”.

He explained that the governor’s office, the police headquarters and all government buildings in the city are under the control of the insurgents.

According to the movement’s spokesperson, the Afghan soldiers present in the city have handed over their weapons and equipment.

Earlier today, the Taliban took control of the capitals of the provinces of Paktika, Paktiya and Kunar (east), bordering Pakistan.

Note that the Taliban have succeeded in controlling a large part of northern, western and southern Afghanistan, within 3 weeks of the end of the withdrawal of American forces from the country. Within days, the Taliban succeeded in controlling the capitals of 18 of Afghanistan’s 34 provinces.

Among the capitals of the provinces that fell to the Taliban: the city of Kandahar, the second largest city in Afghanistan, the city of Herat, the third largest city in the country, in addition to the city of Ghazni, located on the road leading to Kabul, just 149 km from the country’s capital.

Afghan forces control parts of the central and eastern provinces of the country, as well as the capital, Kabul.

The level of violence in that country has intensified since the beginning of May, with the start of the final phase of the withdrawal of American forces on the orders of President Joe Biden last April, which is expected to end in April. ‘here on September 11th.

* Translated from Arabic by Hajer Cherni

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