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In US Absence Afghan Cities Already Falling To Taliban

Well, that sure didn’t take long.

Taliban militants have made rapid advances in recent weeks. Having captured large swathes of the countryside, they are now targeting key towns and cities.

Taliban fighters have seized most of the capital of northern Afghanistan’s key Kunduz province and won a monthlong siege of a neighboring provincial capital. The advances were the latest in a series of blows to government forces as U.S. troops complete their pullout after two decades in the country.

Two provincial council members said the Taliban took control of the governor’s office and police headquarters after a day of firefights, as well as the main prison building, where 500 inmates including Taliban fighters were freed.

Kunduz, Sar-e-Pul, and Taluqan in the north fell within hours of each other on Sunday, the Taliban and officials in the cities confirmed.

 

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