By Abdul Kimera
Though the Afghan government is not confirming the news of the seizure of the cities yet, credible sources on ground have confirmed that the second largest city of Kandahar also important trade hub has been captured by the Taliban forces on Friday.
According to local sources, Afghan government troops and officials have retreated to bases on the outskirts of Kandahar, Herat and Lashkar Gah and clashes are ongoing.
The capture of the 16 provincial capitals in the past week and the key cities of Herat, Lashkar gah and Kandahar by the Taliban forces today Friday has marked the biggest victory yet for them. They now control more than a dozen of the countries provincial capitals.
On Thursday, August 12, Taliban also captured the capitals of Ghanzi and Badgis provinces.
As the Taliban expands their control across the country, fears are growing amongst Afghans that, surrender deals made with the Talibans will only fuel the militants advances as many districts and provincial capitals fell to the fighters with little or no resistance.
Meanwhile countries around the world are calling on there citizens to make immediate arrangements to leave the country as violence escalates.
The United Kingdom, USA and Canada also said that they are to deploy military personnel to ensure the safety of there citizens as they are evacuated from there Embassies in Kabul.
Though talks between Afghanistan, Taliban and other stakeholders are happening at the moment in Doha (Qatar), a new grim of intelligence forecasts the potential collapse of Kabul (capital) to the Taliban in 30-90 days.
The United States under the Biden administration insists that it doesn’t regret the decision of withdrawing troops from Afghanistan.