Militants of the Taliban terrorist movement captured the capital of Zabul province in southern Afghanistan, informs on Friday Associated Press.
According to the head of the Atajan Hakbayana provincial council, the provincial capital, the city of Kalat is now controlled by the Taliban. Local authorities are in a nearby army camp preparing to evacuate.
According to unconfirmed information, the militants captured the capital of the located province of Logar. It is located 50 km from Kabul. Militants have now surrounded the provincial capital of Uruzgan, the city of Tarinkot, two representatives of the provincial legislature told the agency.
The leadership of the extremist movement announced that it would conduct hostilities until the establishment of Islamic rule in the country.
“The Taliban will not accept Kabul’s proposal for a power-sharing and ceasefire. Our goal is to end foreign intervention and form an Islamic government in the country, ”he said. – If they agree to this, then we will be ready for a truce. If Kabul is not ready to agree with our demands, then it will be easy for us to continue the struggle and wage jihad, ” stated Times Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid.
In recent days, the terrorist movement has imposed fierce fighting on the Afghan government and is rushing to the capital.
On the eve, fighting between the Taliban and government forces broke out in Kandahar. The airport stopped its work, all flights have been canceled at the moment. The Taliban also captured the capital of another Afghan province, the city of Ghazni, located 130 kilometers southwest of Kabul. The city is strategically important as the Kabul-Kandahar highway passes through it, linking the Afghan capital with the southern provinces.
Afghanistan announced its readiness to buy combat helicopters from Russia. Minister of Foreign Affairs of the country Hanif Atmar reported on the air of “Echo of Moscow” that the authorities “are waiting for a response from the Russian government.”
In less than a week, 10 of Afghanistan’s 34 provinces were under Taliban control. The hostilities affected two thirds of the country’s population. Over the past weekend, a terrorist group greatly expanded your control. Thus, extremists seized three provincial centers: Kunduz, Sari-Pul and Talukan.
The activation of the Taliban in Afghanistan occurred against the backdrop of the withdrawal of the American armed forces from the country. The US contingent began leaving Afghanistan in May 2021.
In the last weeks of the escalation of the conflict, thousands of people have fled their homes. According to the UN, over a thousand civilians have become victims of armed clashes over the past month.