Taliban within two hours of Kabul after Ghazni falls – News Vibe24

    Taliban within two hours of Kabul after Ghazni falls - Times of India
    Islamabad: The Taliban captured Ghazni on Thursday, making it the 10th of Afghanistan’s 34 provincial capitals to fall in less than a week. The insurgents are now 90 miles from Kabul, the country’s capital, and control nearly a third of Afghanistan.
    The fall of Ghazni, the capital of the province of the same name, means that the Taliban now control the most important highway connecting Kabul with the south of the country. It also means that they have effectively severed ties between President Ashraf Ghani’s government and major provinces such as Kandahar, Helmand and Farah. Extensive fighting has been going on around Gazni for days.
    Ghazni, an ancient city, was the seat of Mahmud of Ghazni, the first mammoth and conqueror of the Ghaznavid Turks, who according to some historians invaded India 17 times and looted the temple of Somnath in 1025 AD.
    Speaking to the media, a member of Ghazni provincial council said the Taliban had taken control of most of the city, including the governor’s compound, while Afghan forces were currently controlling a police base on the outskirts of the city.
    As Afghan President Ashraf Ghani flies to northern cities such as Mazar-e-Sharif to seek help from warlords, the Taliban’s march on the capital is accelerating every hour.
    The interior ministry, meanwhile, said Afghan police had arrested Ghazni Governor Mohammad Daud Lagmani and his deputy in Maidan Wardak province, south of Kabul, after they had fled the provincial capital.
    In southern Afghanistan, insurgents, who have been besieging Kandahar for weeks, have claimed control of a prison and released more than 1,000 detainees. While the Afghan government has not confirmed the occupation of the prison, the militant group shared a video showing the detainees walking outside the prison.
    In Laskar Ga, the capital of southern Helmand province, militants seized the regional police headquarters. According to government sources, some police officers surrendered while others retreated to the nearby office of the governor, which was still controlled by Afghan forces. Fighting between the Taliban and government forces has been going on for weeks in Laskar Gah.
    While the Taliban are taking control of the north, west and south of the country and may soon start marching on Kabul, the national capital, the inability of Western-trained and well-equipped Afghan defense forces to regain any lost ground worries their supporters. West.
    Reminding the Afghan government of US efforts, US President Joe Biden said on Wednesday: “We have spent over $ 1 trillion for 20 years. We have trained and equipped more than 300,000 Afghan forces with modern equipment. Afghan leaders must unite. to fight for themselves, to fight for their nation “.

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