In Afghanistan, the Taliban continues to occupy new regional capitals. On Saturday, Asadabad, Gardez, as well as Mazar-i-Sharif were captured. The latter city is one of the largest in the country.
According to an anonymous source, the city of Asadabad, the capital of Kunar state, fell into the hands of the Islamists. The city simply surrendered, the top officials abandoned it. The Taliban now controls all of Kunar. The Taliban themselves had already claimed to have occupied Asadabad earlier in the day.
The Taliban announced on Saturday afternoon that they had captured Gardez, the capital of Pakita. They say they seized “a large number of weapons and equipment”. The situation in Afghanistan is rapidly escalating. On the same day, it was also announced that the Taliban were at the gates of Kabul.
The northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif, the capital of Balash Province, was also captured. It is one of the largest cities in the country. Therefore, the fall of the city is a major blow to the government in Kabul.
A first group of US Marines has already arrived in the Afghan capital, Kabul, on Friday. According to Fox News, by the end of the weekend, even 3,000 soldiers in Kabul to evacuate diplomatic staffSo do Afghans who worked for the Americans and fear Taliban reprisals.
Nearly 42,000 people still work at the US embassy, but Washington plans to remove “thousands a day.”
According to multiple US media, President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris on Saturday were briefed by the national security team on the situation in Afghanistan.