The Taliban Tighten their grip this Saturday
Afghanistan, The mood of those who fled from local and advancing insurgents was dark
United States And other Western nations preparing to expel their diplomats and countrymen.
Within a week, the Taliban had taken control of almost all northern, western and southern Afghanistan and reached the gates of Kabul. They are 50km from the capital and show no sign of slowing down.
Heavy fighting continued this Saturday around Masar-e-Sharif, the capital of the Balkh province, where the Afghan army has launched new airstrikes. The business center is the only large city in the north of the country that the Taliban have not yet taken control of.
Tens of thousands of Afghans fled their country
Apart from Kabul and Mazar-i-Sharif, the only other major government-controlled cities are Jalalabad (east), Cortez and the coast (southeast). But since the Pashtuns who came from the Taliban are located in the dominant lands, they should not resist for long.
For Kabul residents and the tens of thousands of people who have fled their homes in recent weeks to seek refuge in the capital, fear prevails. “I cry day and night when I see the Taliban forcing young women to marry their fighters,” said Mujta, 35, who arrived in the capital with her two sisters, not far from Parwan province. “I have rejected marriage proposals in the past (…) If the Taliban come and force me to marry them, I will kill myself,” he warns.
Dawood Hotak, 28, from Kabul, is “worried about the future” of his younger sisters and does not know what will happen to them. “If the situation gets worse, who will leave Afghanistan again, as we did in the early 1990s,” he said.
Return of US troops
Many Afghans – especially women – who are accustomed to the freedom they have enjoyed for the past 20 years, fear a return to power by the Taliban. When they ruled the country between 1996 and 2001, the Taliban imposed the most drastic version of Islamic law before it was overthrown by a US-led international coalition.
Girls were forbidden to go out, work, and go to school without a baby boy. Women convicted of crimes such as prostitution were whipped and stoned. “It is heartbreaking and heartbreaking that the hard-won rights of women and girls in Afghanistan are being taken away from them,” UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Friday.
This Saturday between Kabul’s Sky Airport and the US Embassy, helicopters are located in the intensive fort “Green Zone” in the center of a ballet capital. The first contingent of the US Navy has arrived in the capital, where its role is to protect diplomats and those working for the United States from retaliation for fear of retaliation from Afghanistan and the Taliban. The United States plans to evacuate “thousands of people a day,” according to Pentagon spokesman John Kirby.
The diplomats were expelled
The U.S. embassy in Kabul has ordered its staff to destroy key documents and US symbols that the Taliban could use for “propaganda purposes.” London at the same time announced that it was re-employing 600 soldiers to help the British leave.
Several countries – the Netherlands, Finland, Sweden, Italy and Spain – announced on Friday that they would reduce their presence in the country to a minimum, as well as plans to repatriate Afghan workers. Germany will reduce its diplomatic staff to a “minimum”.
Others, including Norway and Denmark, wanted to temporarily close their embassies. Switzerland, which does not have an embassy there, has announced the deportation of some Swiss staff and forty local staff.
There is no “immediate threat”
The Taliban launched their offensive in May, 20 years after ousting the Taliban, when US President Joe Biden confirmed the withdrawal of the country’s last foreign troops.
This withdrawal must be completed by August 31st. Joe Biden said he did not regret his decision, although the pace at which the Afghan military disintegrated surprised and disappointed Americans, who spent more than $ 1,000 billion on training and equipment.
However, the United States continued to insist on Friday that Kabul did not face an “immediate threat” and that the Taliban’s seizure of power was not an inevitable outcome in their eyes.
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