The hardline Islamic Taliban movement continues its military offensive against the government in Afghanistan. Within 24 hours, they have occupied at least six other regions in the crisis country, local authorities confirmed to the German News Agency on Sunday. They are now said to be advancing in the provinces of Tachar and Frib in the north of the country to the provincial capitals.
In all, since US and other NATO forces began withdrawing on May 1, the Islamists have captured 41 new territories. Afghanistan is divided into 34 provinces and about 400 provinces.
According to observers, the Taliban is trying to consolidate its control in areas that previously had a strong presence. In many newly conquered areas, only district centers were formerly under government control.
Afghan security forces struggle with the low morale of their soldiers and police officers. Several areas were left without a fight. On Saturday, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani exchanged the ministers of interior and defense and held other key positions in the security sector.
The international forces are well advanced in their withdrawal, and the last soldier should have left the country by 9/11 at the latest. Peace talks are still going on.
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