There has been no deceleration in the rapid progress of the Taliban in Afghanistan. On Saturday, the Taliban captured Logar province, near Kabul. The Taliban (seven miles) have reached Char Asiyab district, just 11 kilometers from Kabul, where they are fighting with government troops. Hoda Ahmadi, MP from Logar, has confirmed this. The Taliban has captured the capital of Logar, Pul-e-Alam, which is 60 kilometers from Kabul.
Ashraf Ghani appeals for peace but does not intend to resign
The Taliban have also captured Sharana, the capital of another province, Paktika. Thus, out of 34 provincial capitals of Afghanistan, the Taliban have captured 19. Including these, two-thirds of Afghanistan’s area has come to the hands of the Taliban. President Ashraf Ghani has called on the Taliban to stop the violence but has given no sign of resigning himself. The Taliban have put the condition of Ghani’s resignation and his removal from power for the ceasefire. On Saturday, Ghani also spoke to the leaders of friendly countries.
A fierce battle broke out for the capture of Mazar-i-Sharif
According to ANI, Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid has said that the governor of Logar province, Abdul Qayyum Rahimi, has joined the Taliban. Due to this the province has been completely occupied. There is news of Taliban attacking from many sides to capture the big city of Mazar-e-Sharif in southern Afghanistan. Fierce fighting broke out between the Taliban with government troops in the border areas of the city. The common people in fear do not see any way to save themselves.
Munir Ahmed Farhad, spokesman for the governor of the province, confirmed this. Fighting between the Taliban and government troops is also going on in other areas of the country. According to Reuters, Qatar has appealed to the Taliban to stop the violence amid fierce fighting. Qatar is the only country that has consistently supported the Taliban. The Taliban’s political office is operating in Doha, the capital of Qatar.
First squad of US Marine commandos reached Kabul
US President Joe Biden discussed the situation in Afghanistan with his special aides on Saturday. After talks with Biden’s allies, there have also been indications that the US has postponed the process of withdrawing its troops from Afghanistan for a few days. In the coming days, the US may send a few thousand more troops to Afghanistan who will help the Afghan army in saving Kabul and other cities from being taken by the Taliban. The first contingent of Marine Commandos, included in the 3,000 soldiers coming to evacuate the consular personnel from Afghanistan, has reached Kabul on Friday. The rest of the US troops will arrive by Sunday.