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A Look into Taliban attacks in Afghanistan

Swift action must change the current catastrophic trajectory of violence and humanitarian suffering in Afghanistan, briefers warned the Security Council, as delegates called for an immediate halt to the recent Taliban offensive that has led to record numbers of civilian casualties and targeted killings.

The Taliban movement, which since the beginning of May 2021 occupied large parts of Afghan territory in a comprehensive attack launched with the beginning of the withdrawal of US and NATO forces, which is almost complete, controls more than a quarter of the state capitals.


(1 May 2021)

The United States and NATO began withdrawing the 9,500 troops, including 2,500 US troops, who are still in Afghanistan.

Heavy fighting took place between the Taliban and government forces in the southern Helmand region.

The Taliban captured the Burka district of Baghlan Province in the north.

In mid-May, US forces withdrew from the Kandahar airbase, one of the most important in the country.

Border posts:

(May 22)

The Taliban took control of the main crossing from Afghanistan to Tajikistan by capturing Sher Khan Bandar (North), which is the most important border point with this country.

The rebels took control of other border crossings to Tajikistan, as well as areas leading to Kunduz, the capital of the province of the same name.


On July 4, the Taliban captured the main district of Panjwai.

On July 9, it captured two major border posts with Iran and Turkmenistan in Herat Province, in the west.

On July 22, the Taliban said they controlled 90% of Afghanistan’s borders.

On July 23, the Taliban took control of a key border point with Pakistan in the south of the country.

Capitals Attack:

July 7

The Taliban entered the first state capital, Qala-e-Nu, in Badghis Province, in the northwest of the country.

August 6

The Taliban have captured the first Afghan provincial capital since the start of their offensive, which is Zaranj, the capital of Nimroz in the southwest of the country.

The fall of 9 capitals in the north: Sheberghan, Kunduz, Sar-e-Bul, Taluqan, Aybak, Bul-Khumri (Baghlan Province), Faizabad, as well as Farah (west).

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