The advance of the Taliban in Afghanistan continues. During the night they took control of another provincial capital, that of Faizabad in the north-east. It is the ninth provincial capital that fell under their control in six days of fighting and after the withdrawal of American troops. The confirmation comes from local deputies and the Taliban spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, who explained on Twitter that the insurgents have taken ” complete ” control of the provinces of Badakhshan and Baghlan. “No one was injured in these operations since the enemy fled,” he said.
“After several days of resistance, the Badakhshan security forces withdrew because requests for air and ground reinforcements were not met,” a local official told the Pajhwok news agency. In Pul-e-Jumri, the capital of Baghlan province, the Taliban took control of the governor’s office, police barracks, intelligence center and “ all government institutions, ” the official said. quoted by the Dpa on condition of anonymity.
Hundreds of Afghan soldiers surrendered to the Taliban at Kunduz airport, handing it over to insurgents, local sources said, while images of soldiers leaving the airbase are broadcast on social media. The Taliban therefore also conquered the district of Ali Abad, the only one that was still in the hands of the authorities in the province of Kunduz.
Meanwhile, the Biden administration is preparing for the fall of Kabul, which could come much sooner than feared. The Afghan capital, according to intelligence forecasts updated in light of the rapid advance of the Taliban. This is what administration officials report to the Washington Post, explaining that the US military believes that Kabul could capitulate within the next 90 days, while other more pessimistic forecasts bring the date of the Taliban conquest to the next 30 days.
The sources of the US newspaper, who wished to remain anonymous due to the delicacy of the issue, say that the situation in Afghanistan is much more compromised than was believed last June, when intelligence predicted that the fall of Kabul could take place. within six months of the withdrawal of American troops. “Everything is moving in the wrong direction,” said an official familiar with the new intelligence report.
Yesterday, President Joe Biden, despite the Taliban’s rapid military successes, including the conquest of seven provincial capitals, said he did not “regret” the decision to end the 20-year US military intervention in Afghanistan and not consider any changes to plans. withdrawal.