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2021 Taliban offensive, Afghanistan
« on: August 15, 2021, 09:47:25 PM »
[Video] Taliban capture Afghanistan’s Jalalabad, cut off Kabul from east @ Al Jazeera English
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The Taliban have taken control of Jalalabad, capital of Afghanistan’s Nangarhar province, early on Sunday morning without a fight, according to officials and a resident. This effectively leaves the capital Kabul as the last major urban area under government control - it follows the Taliban’s seizure of the major northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif. The collapse of the eastern city would mean another major setback for President Ashraf Ghani's government and will put the Taliban effectively in control of most of the country.


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Re: 2021 Taliban offensive, Afghanistan
« Reply #1 on: August 15, 2021, 09:48:27 PM »
[Video] Taliban takeover: Fighters surround Kabul ‘from all sides’ @ Al Jazeera English
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The Taliban readied its forces on outskirts of the Afghan capital from all sides on Sunday as panicked civilians prepared for the armed group’s takeover of Kabul nearly 20 years after relinquishing power in an American-led assault. Taliban spokesman Suhail Shaheen said fighters were remaining on the capital’s outskirts as negotiations took place.

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Re: 2021 Taliban offensive, Afghanistan
« Reply #2 on: August 15, 2021, 09:59:48 PM »
Afghan conflict: Taliban control all key cities except Kabul

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The Taliban have moved closer to retaking full control of Afghanistan, with the capital Kabul now the only major city left in government hands.

On Sunday the militants took control of Jalalabad, a key eastern city, without a fight.

It means they now control all roads to neighbouring Pakistan.

Correspondents in the capital say there are queues at the airport with people trying to flee, and some shops and government offices have been evacuated.

The Taliban has ordered their fighters to stay at entry points to the capital, urging people to stay in the country.

Talks with senior officials in President Ashraf Ghani's government on a peaceful transfer of power continued, its statement said.


[Video] Afghan conflict: Taliban control all key cities except Kabul @ BBC


Pentagon Sending 3,000 Troops To Evacuate U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan
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The Pentagon is sending 3,000 troops – including two Marine Corps battalions – to Afghanistan to support the evacuation of the U.S. embassy in Kabul.

The Defense Department is sending three infantry battalions, one from the Army and two from the Marine Corps, to help with the evacuation, Pentagon spokesperson John Kirby told reporters today.

“They will move to Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul within the next 24 to 48 hours,” Kirby said.

Kirby declined to specify where the three battalions are coming from, but said they are currently within U.S. Central Command. The 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) is currently deployed with the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group, which is in the Gulf of Oman, according to the Aug. 9 USNI News Fleet Tracker.


[Video] President Biden Orders More Troops to Afghanistan @ NBC


[Video] Taliban enter Afghan capital Kabul @ Sky News
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Taliban militants have entered the Afghan capital Kabul and a government official has said fighters from the militant group are heading to the presidential palace to prepare for a "transfer" of power.