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‘Lion of Herat’: Taliban capture veteran Afghan politician Ismail Khan for leading resistance in Herat

The Taliban seized most of Herat, Afghanistan’s third largest city, and also captured Ismail Khan, an Afghan politician who served as Minister of Energy and Water from 2005 to 2013 and before that served as the governor of Herat Province, and also a veteran local commander leading militia resistance there. The fall of Herat, the […]

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Afghanistan: Taliban seize Ghazni city and are just 150km away from Kabul

The Taliban have captured the city of Ghazni on Thursday, the tenth provincial capital they have seized in a week. Kabul is just 150km north east. The speed of the Taliban advance has sparked widespread recriminations over U.S. President Joe Biden’s decision to withdraw U.S. troops and leave the Afghan government to fight alone. The […]

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Afghanistan government sacks army chief as Taliban advances and fighting escalates

The Afghanistan government replaced its army chief, as Taliban militants continue to make rapid advances. The insurgents have now taken control of at least nine of the country’s 34 provincial capitals. Heavy fighting was reported on Wednesday in the cities of Kandahar and Ghazni. President Ashraf Ghani earlier flew to the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif […]

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Taliban captures sixth provincial capital in Afghanistan

The Taliban have captured a sixth provincial capital in Afghanistan in four days, as the group’s advances gain momentum. The armed group’s spokesman on Monday morning sent messages to the media claiming it has overrun Aybak, the capital of the northern province of Samangan. Samangan’s deputy provincial governor confirmed the takeover to the AFP news […]

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Kunduz: Taliban take control of third Afghan provincial capital

The Taliban has captured the city of Kunduz, the armed group said, the third provincial capital the armed group has taken over in the last three days. A Taliban statement on Sunday said it has captured the police headquarters, the governor’s compound and the prison in the city. Sunday’s takeover comes after the group seized […]

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Sheberghan: Second Afghan provincial capital falls to the Taliban

The Taliban captured the city of Sheberghan, the second Afghan provincial capital to fall to the armed group in less than 24 hours, the city’s deputy governor said. Qader Malia, the deputy governor of Sheberghan in Jawzjan province, said on Saturday that government forces and officials had retreated to the airport on the outskirts of […]

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Afghanistan: Taliban capture provincial capital Zaranj ‘without a fight’

The Taliban captured Afghan provincial capital Zaranj, in Nimroz province, in a major blow to Afghanistan government forces. The city in the southwestern region of Afghanistan fell to the Taliban as the group makes rapid advances across the country as foreign troops withdraw. They have taken swathes of countryside and are now targeting key cities. […]

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Taliban assassinate the head of Afghan government’s media department

The Taliban assassinated the Afghanistan government’s top media and information officer in the capital, Kabul, the group’s spokesman and Afghan officials said. The killing on Friday of Dawa Khan Minapal, the head of the government media and information centre, came days after the Taliban warned it would target senior administration officials in retaliation for increased […]

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Gunmen attack home of Afghan defence minister in Kabul, detonate bomb and fire shots

Four people have been killed after militants attacked the home of the Afghan defence minister. Bismillah Khan Mohammadi was not at home on Tuesday as gunmen detonated a car bomb and fired shots near Kabul’s heavily fortified Green Zone. His family was safely evacuated and the attackers killed. The attack comes as fighting continues in […]

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Afghan army urges civilians to evacuate from Taliban besieged city of Lashkar Gah as they prepare offensive

A senior Afghan military commander ordered residents of the besieged city of Lashkar Gah in southern Afghanistan to leave as the army prepared a major offensive to flush out Taliban fighters after three days of heavy fighting. The Taliban have seized control of much of rural Afghanistan since foreign forces began the last stage of […]

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Fighting around major Afghan cities intensify, US air strikes target key Taliban positions

The fighting around three major Afghan cities in the south and west– Herat, Lashkar Gah and Kandahar – intensified as Taliban militants sought to seize them from government forces. The Taliban have made rapid rural gains since it was announced almost all foreign troops would go by September. But the fate of these key cities […]

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Afghanistan: Flash floods in Taliban controlled region kills at least 150, group claims

People in Afghanistan’s eastern regions were buried under mud and debris when heavy rain brought flash floods during the night. Children and women are said to be among the victims in Kamdesh, with at least 60 people dead and dozens more missing, and many homes destroyed. The disaster zone is held by Taliban militants fighting […]