According to a local authority, Taliban fighters gained control of the northern Afghan city of Mazar-i-Sharif, which was the Afghan government’s final stronghold in the north, with security personnel fleeing to the Uzbekistan border, while moving quickly and unopposed to Kabul.
“The Taliban have captured Mazar-i-Sharif,” Afzal Hadid, the president of the Balkh provincial council, stated, adding that the city was taken without a struggle.
“All the security personnel have departed Mazar,” he continued, despite the fact that intermittent skirmishes continue in one location near the city centre.
Similarly, an Afghan deputy reported that the Taliban gained control of Kunar province in eastern Afghanistan without fighting.
Hundreds of Afghan army and police officers are awaiting permission to cross the border into Uzbekistan after the the militant group gained control of Mazar-i-Sharif.
Taliban enter Kabul, await ‘peaceful transfer’ of powerDaikandi province, in central Afghanistan, succumbed without a struggle, according to MP Syed Muhammad Dawood Nasiri.
He said that before handing over the entire infrastructure to the rebels, he only heard gunshots twice in Nili, the state capital.
The Taliban’s rapid onslaught, which is already reaching Kabul’s capital, Daikindi’s capitulation on Saturday night is the latest event.
The Taliban gained possession of 25 provincial capitals with little opposition, while the government in these regions handed them over to the militants, and thousands of civilians fled.