The Taliban captured a new provincial capital in western Afghanistan, Farah, on Tuesday as civilians in the region inevitably fled their bases as they sought to strengthen their hold in the north of the country.
“This afternoon (Tuesday), the Taliban entered the city of Farah after a brief battle with security forces. They captured the governor’s office and police headquarters.
The fast-paced Taliban control the poor in Afghanistan’s 34 provincial capitals, including five in nine in the north of the country, and fighting in the other four. Since Friday, they have taken control of Jaranj (southwest), Shebergan (north), the famous warrior Abdul Rashid Dastam, the big city in the northeast, Kunduz, and three other northern capitals. Grass and Ipac.
They tightened their grip around Masar-i-Sharif, the largest city in the north. If this in turn falls, the government will no longer have any control over this area, which has traditionally been fiercely opposed to the Taliban. When they came to power in the 1990s, it was there that they faced fierce opposition. Between 1996 and 2001, when the country was ruled, the Northeast Alliance took refuge in the Northeast to lead the opposition.
On Tuesday, they attacked the vicinity of Masar-e-Sharif, forcing India to expel its compatriots, but they were repulsed, an AFP journalist there said. During the night, they were sent back to the two provincial capitals in the north, Pul-e-Komri and Faizabad, the defense ministry said.
Doha on Tuesday stormed Qatar, the United States and China as two historic rebel strongholds in the north, but not in the south, Kandahar and Lashkar-e-Taiba. United Nations and European Union.
The peace process between the Afghan government and the Taliban began in Qatar last September, and the peace agreement between the rebels and Washington ended in February 2020 as part of a peace deal. This withdrawal must be completed by August 31st.
But talks stalled, and the Taliban launched an offensive when this final withdrawal began in May. After capturing large rural areas without facing major opposition, they have returned to urban centers since early August.
While the hopes that the talks would lead to a firm conclusion were slim, US Ambassador Salmei Khalilzad urged the Taliban to “stop their military offensive and negotiate a political agreement.” Representatives of the Afghan government were also expected in Doha, where discussions will continue on Wednesday.
The International Organization for Migration (IOM) says about 359,000 people have been displaced by the fighting in Afghanistan since the beginning of this year.
At least 183 civilians were killed and 1,181 injured in a month in the cities of Lashkar-e-Taiba, Kandahar, Herat (western) and Kunduz, the UN said on Tuesday, adding that victims alone were not operating there. Documented.