Taliban capture three other provincial capitals in Afghanistan
The Taliban seized three other provincial capitals in Afghanistan on Wednesday, marking the last areas taken by military forces as the United States completes its withdrawal from the country.
Taliban fighters completed their takeover of northeastern Afghanistan on Wednesday, successfully securing nearly two-thirds of the country, according to the Associated Press.
Faizabad, the capital of northeastern Badakhshan province, was captured as President Ashraf Ghani’s forces attempted to defend one of the country’s largest cities, Reuters reported.
Provincial council member Jawad Mujadidi said the Taliban began to seize Faizabad before launching the offensive on Tuesday.
“Unfortunately, after hours of fierce fighting, the ANDSF withdrew,” Mujadidi told Reuters, noting that national security forces were present. “With the fall of Faizabad, the entire northeast came under Taliban control.”
The Afghan government has struggled to maintain control without the support of US military forces. President BidenJoe BidenOvernight Defense & National Security – Milley Becomes Lightning Rod Democrats Hope Biden Can Overthrow Manchin and Sinema On The Money – Presented by Wells Fargo – Democrats move tax plan forward through obstacles MORE on Tuesday called on the country’s officials to fight for their home, noting that he does not regret the decision to step down, according to Reuters.
Some Afghans have questioned the lack of support they are now receiving from the United States
“The United States has not provided support … Now we see the result,” retired General and military analyst Dawlat Waziri told Reuters.
Taliban forces now control nearly 65% of the country and have threatened to take 11 provincial capitals, according to Reuters.