Taliban take back Afghan city of Kandahar

The Taliban has captured Afghanistan’s second largest city of Kandahar, becoming the 12th provincial capital to be partly or completely taken back by the freedom fighters

The Taliban claimed to have captured the strategically important city of Ghazni in central Afghanistan and the country’s third largest western city of Herat.

Located only around 150 kilometers from Kabul, Ghazni connects southern and western Afghanistan with the capital city.

On Wednesday, advancing Taliban said they had captured Fayzabad city, the center of northern Badakhshan province, next to Tajikistan.

Seemingly undeterred by the heavy death toll that Afghan forces claimed to have inflicted on them, the Taliban continued their advances on urban centers after capturing nearly 200 rural districts.

Source: Anadolu Agency

Map showing areas which are contested, under full Taliban or under government control, updated 12 August 2021

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