The radical Taliban movement (a terrorist organization banned in the Russian Federation) announced that the administrative center of the Laghman province in eastern Afghanistan, the city of Mehtarlam, came under its control. Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid wrote about this on Saturday, August 14 on his Twitter.
“Some time ago, the governor, the chief of police, the intelligence service and other government bodies of the province were completely seized,” the message says.
The militant spokesman also stressed that the government forces suffered heavy losses and left their positions, weapons, equipment and ammunition and fled.
Earlier in the day, the Taliban captured the city of Mazar-i-Sharif, which is the capital of Balkh province in northwestern Afghanistan. At the same time, small clashes continue in the vicinity of the city.
On Saturday it became known that the Taliban militants, after taking one of the outskirts of Ghazni, executed 15 members of the resistance defending the city.
It was also reported that the Taliban had taken over Logar province. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani flew to the provincial capital of Balkh Mazar-i-Sharif to meet with militia commanders defending the province’s borders.
On August 13, the militants also managed to capture the administrative center of the Afghan province of Logar, the city of Puli Alam, which is located 50 km south of the country’s capital, Kabul. In addition, it became known about the capture of Kandahar, the second largest city in Afghanistan. A day later, Zamir Kabulov, the special envoy of the Russian president for Afghanistan, director of the second Asian department of the Russian Foreign Ministry, clarified that the city had been taken as a result of the flight of the very army that the US and NATO had been preparing.
The day before, the militants also captured the city of Herat, which is the third largest city in the country. The militants also took control of the provincial capitals of Nimroz, Jauzjan, Sari-Pul, Kunduz, Takhar, Samangan, Farah, Baghlan and Badakhshan.
The Taliban assured that there is no threat to Afghanistan’s neighboring countries, as well as to members of foreign diplomatic missions and international organizations in the republic.
The situation in Afghanistan aggravated against the background of the withdrawal of the US military, who had been in the country for 20 years. During this time, it was not possible to achieve stable peace in the region and the establishment of the political situation in the country. The withdrawal of troops began in early May; it is planned to complete it by the end of August.