The Taliban have captured Sheberghan, capital of the northern province of Jowzjan, in Afghanistan. This is reported by international news agencies. “Unfortunately, the city has been completely taken,” Jowzjan’s deputy governor Qader Malia told AFP news agency. Sheberghan is the second provincial capital in less than 24 hours where the terrorist organization has taken power.
Only the airport is said to be in the hands of government forces. The Taliban are said to have taken over the city’s governor’s office, police headquarters and prison, among other things. Be on social media images spread which would show how prisoners can flee with the help of the Taliban.
As of Friday, the Taliban also controlled the provincial capital of Zaranj in southern Nimroz province, on the border with Iran. The Taliban, Afghan militias and the Afghan army are also fighting in three other provincial capitals. According to international observers, the terrorist group has since taken over power in large parts of the country.
The security situation in Afghanistan has deteriorated in recent months after international peacekeepers left the country. On Friday, the chief spokesman for the Afghan government was shot dead by the Taliban, the day before the group had attempted an assassination attempt on the interim defense minister. Eight other people were killed and 20 injured in the attack.
In July, US troops departed from Bagram Air Force Base, an important base for US military operations in the country. This action effectively ended America’s involvement in the country. About 90 percent of US troops have now left Afghanistan, according to the Pentagon. The Dutch troops have officially left Afghanistan since June 24, and the British and Germans have already left.
Americans and Dutch urged to leave country
The US Embassy in Kabul has Americans still in Afghanistan Friday summoned to leave the country “immediately”. The embassy says that “given the security conditions and limited staffing”, there are few possibilities to assist American citizens in the country and advises them to leave the country on a commercial flight as soon as possible. People who do not have the money to buy a ticket themselves can borrow money from the embassy.
On Friday, the Dutch embassy in Kabul called on Dutch people to leave Afghanistan. The Netherlands says it cannot assist or evacuate nationals when they leave the country.
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