Taliban revamps the map of Afghanistan as cities fall faster in their grasp.

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Kandahar, the second-largest city in Afghanistan, is now claimed by the Taliban. Few of the Afghan officials believe the fall of Kandahar happened Thursday night.

The truth is accompanying the government’s fall and capture of the town, backed by the residents who witnessed the withdrawal of government forces outside the city.  

The President continues to cling to office as the Taliban forces continue to rain over Afghanistan; the UN expresses concern about the possibility of a catastrophic impact on the city residents.

A conclusive and conscious political solution seems the need of the hour despite the failed negotiations with minimal progress between the Afghan government and the Taliban last year in the Qatari capital of Doha.

The government has offered a power-sharing deal in exchange to cease violence plaguing the city.

Halfway through 2021, the UN believes that violence inflicted on the town has injured or claimed 5183 lives.

Taliban denies the same and have proposed an “independent and impartial” investigation, consisting of a UN team, the Red Cross and International Aid groups.  

Taliban revamps the map of Afghanistan as cities fall faster in their grasp.
Image Source: nytimes.com

Red dots denote the major cities seized by the Taliban

Orange shaded region represents Taliban Controlled Districts

AIRLIFT GETS REAL

With Afghanistan getting shaped by violence as the Taliban advances, the US is scrambling troops to evacuate both US and Afghan civilians as Pentagon announces to send three battalions for the rescue operation.

Their 3000 soldiers prepare to land at Kabul’s Airport in the next 24-48 hours. The UK seems to follow in the US’s footsteps.  

The New York Times reports three major cities in western and southern Afghanistan fallen in the lap of the Taliban this Friday.  

After a weeks-long battle, The Taliban leaving the city in ruins, have taken over the Lashkar Gah, the capital of Helmand Province. The US is now preparing for airlifting US citizens. 

As hospitals are rushed with wounded and injured residents, people now fear the subsequent rulers’ uncertainty.   

The US, an ally of Afghanistan, has been one of the leaders in the invasion of Afghanistan. In 2001, the invasion aimed to topple the ruling Taliban at that time.

Twenty years later, history appears to repeat itself as it leads to the withdrawal of the Taliban, asserting more power.  

 

 

 

 

Guruksha Gurnani
Guruksha Gurnani
An economics graduate amidst pandemic still whining about the farewell that didn’t take place. Unfinished letters, manuscripts, and poems adorn my library. Writing isn’t just a skill, it’s a safe haven after an exhausting day at work. This is home.

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