Kabul could fall under the Taliban’s onslaught within three months. The militants plan to isolate the capital and take it as a result of the blockade, which could begin within 30 days. About this agency Reuters reported spokesman for the US Department of Defense, citing intelligence data.
The situation for the Afghan authorities became even worse after the fall of Faizabad, the capital of the northeastern province of Balakhshan, which was the latest setback for government forces. This happened at a time when Afghan President Ashraf Ghani flew to Mazar-i-Sharif to persuade the old warlords to rally to defend the largest city in the country.
All gates to Kabul were filled with refugees seeking escape from violence. Together with them, the Taliban fighters could have entered the city, which is difficult to separate in such a crowd. Among them may be suicide bombers who will attack government buildings and embassies when the Taliban troops approach, the source shared fears with Reuters.
Germany and the Netherlands have suspended any deportations of people to Afghanistan as the security situation in the war-torn country deteriorates, according to Al Jazeera.
On the eve of August 10, Taliban militants seized key targets in the city of Farah, which is the capital of the province of the same name near the border with Iran.
The Iranian authorities closed the borders with Afghanistan and completely stopped trade with the country. On August 6, Tehran also closed the Milak checkpoint on the border with Afghanistan.
Over the past weekend, the terrorist group has significantly expanded its control over the country. Thus, extremists seized three provincial centers: Kunduz, Sari-Pul and Talukan.