Over the course of five days, nine capitals have been attacked by terrorists and seized, and many more are in danger of falling into the hands of the Taliban in the coming days.
Here is a timeline of recent events:
- Tuesday, August 10th, 2021 – Taliban forces seized the provincial capitals of Farah, (the capital of Afghanistan’s Farah province), Pul-e-Khumri, (the capital of Baghlan province), and Faizabad, (the provincial capital and largest city of Badakhshan Province).
- Monday, August 9th, 2021 – Taliban fighters took control of the city of Aybak, Afghanistan, the provincial capital of the Samangan province.
- Sunday, August 8th, 2021 – The Taliban captured the provincial capitals Kunduz, Sar-i-Pul , and Taliqan.
- Saturday, August 7th, 2021 – The Taliban announced that they had taken control of the city of Sheberghan, the capital city of the Jowzjan Province in northern Afghanistan.
- Friday, August 6th, 2021 – The Taliban seized the city of Zaranj, the capital of Nimruz province.
Afghanistan has a total of thirty-four provinces.
According to a report from American Military News, “The U.S. has reportedly deployed B-52 Stratofortress bombers and AC-130 Spectre gunships to Afghanistan in a bid to halt the Taliban advances.”
The U.S. bombers flew to Afghanistan from an airbase in Qatar, and are charged with hitting targets located in the areas of Kandahar, Herat, and Lashkar Gah.
Sources from within the Department of Defense have revealed that the U.S. is planning to continue with their airstrikes after August 31st, the date that was set by the White House for the end of combat operations in Afghanistan.
Though the U.S. appears to be concerned with slowing the Taliban’s efforts, it appears that the government of Afghanistan is barely even trying to resist against the hostile takeover from the terrorist group.
According to Nazir Ahamad, a cellphone seller in Aybak, “the Taliban entered without a gunshot.”
Raaz Mohammad Mowahid, a member of the Samangan provincial council, also stated that Afghanistan’s government forces offered little resistance against the Taliban before retreating to a mountain to the south.
Speaking with the New York Times, a Samangan Police dispatcher said: “Aybak fell to the Taliban, and all officials and security forces retreated. Now I am hiding in the city.”
The U.S. Embassy in Kabul has released a travel advisory which urges all Americans to leave the country immediately, using whatever commercial flight options are available to them at the moment.
“Given the security conditions and reduced staffing, the Embassy’s ability to assist U.S. citizens in Afghanistan is extremely limited even within Kabul,” the Kabul embassy said in the advisory, which was released on Saturday, August 7th.