Timeline: The Taliban’s rapid advance across Afghanistan – News Vibe24

    Timeline: The Taliban's rapid advance across Afghanistan - Times of India
    Taliban insurgents began entering Kabul on Sunday after taking control of all major cities in Afghanistan except the capital.
    Here are some of the most important milestones in the progress of the Islamist militant movement in recent months. Other deadly attacks took place, some blamed on the Taliban and others on jihadist groups, including a branch of Islamic State.
    Talks between the Taliban and the Afghan government on a political understanding that could lead to a peace deal, backed by the United States and its allies, have failed to make significant progress.
    – April 14 – President Joe Biden announces that US troops will withdraw from Afghanistan starting on May 1 and ending on September 11, ending America’s longest war. The extension of the previous May 1 withdrawal deadline agreed between the United States and the Taliban.
    – 4 May – Taliban fighters launch a major offensive against Afghan forces in the southern province of Helmand. They are also attacking at least six other provinces.
    – May 11 – The Taliban occupy the Nark area just outside the capital Kabul, as violence intensifies across the country.
    – 7 June Senior government officials say more than 150 Afghan soldiers have been killed in 24 hours as fighting worsens. They add that the fighting is raging in 26 of the 34 provinces of the country.
    – 22 June – Taliban fighters launch a series of attacks in the north of the country, away from their traditional strongholds in the south. The UN envoy for Afghanistan said they had occupied more than 50 of the 370 areas.
    – July 2 – US troops are quietly withdrawing from their main military base in Afghanistan – Bagram Air Base, an hour’s drive from Kabul. It effectively ends US involvement in the war.
    – July 5 – The Taliban say they could submit a written peace proposal to the Afghan government in August.
    – July 21 – Taliban insurgents control about half of the country, according to the senior US general, emphasizing the scale and speed of their advance.
    – July 25 – The United States is committed to continuing to support Afghan troops “in the coming weeks” with intensified airstrikes to help them counter Taliban attacks.
    – July 26 The United Nations says nearly 2,400 Afghan civilians have been killed or injured in escalating violence in May and June, the highest number in months since the archives began in 2009.
    – August 6 Zaranj in the south of the country becomes the first provincial capital to fall to the Taliban in years. Many more will follow in the coming days, including the award-winning city of Kuduz in the north.
    – 13 August – Four more provincial capitals fall in one day, including Kandahar, the country’s second city and the Taliban’s spiritual homeland. To the west, another key city, Herat, is flooded and veteran commander Mohammad Ismail Khan, one of the top fighters against the Taliban, is captured.
    – 14 August -The Taliban occupy the large northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif and, with little resistance, Pul-e-Alam, the capital of Logar Province, just 70 kilometers (40 miles) south of Kabul. The United States is sending more troops to help evacuate its civilians from Kabul, as Afghan President Ashraf Ghani says he is consulting with local and international partners on the next steps.
    – 15th of August – The Taliban occupy the main eastern city of Jalalabad without a fight, effectively encircling Kabul.
    – 15th of August “Taliban insurgents are entering Kabul,” an interior ministry official said as the United States evacuated diplomats from its embassy by helicopter.

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