Taliban attack major Afghan cities

Taliban attack major Afghan cities

© APA | Mapping the advance of the Taliban in Afghanistan

# 01 August 2021 03:19 (UTC +04:00)

Fighting is raging around three major cities in southern and western Afghanistan as Taliban militants seek to seize them from government forces, APA reports citing BBC.

Taliban fighters have entered parts of Herat, Lashkar Gah and Kandahar.

They have made rapid gains in rural areas since it was announced almost all foreign troops would go by September.

But the fate of these key cities could be crucial amid fears of a humanitarian crisis and how long government forces will be able to hold out.

The fundamentalist Islamist militia is already thought to have captured up to half of all Afghanistan's territory, including lucrative border crossings with Iran and Pakistan.
In Lashkar Gah, insurgents were reportedly only a few hundred metres from the governor's office on Saturday - but had been pushed back by nightfall.

It was their second such attempt in as many days. The commander of Afghan forces said they had inflicted significant casualties on the militants on Friday.

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