Afghanistan: Taliban forces capture the eighth provincial capital in a week

las Taliban forces take control of Pul-e-Khumri. It is the second provincial capital of Afganistan to fall this martes and octave in less than a week. Mientras the High Commissioner of the United Nations for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, said of the fight in Afghanistan. The Chilean ex-resident, stated that she takes care of numerous cities on the part of the Talibanes “sembró el miedo y el dread”.

“Los Talibanes are now in the city, they have opened their flag in the central plaza and in the governor’s workshop“, announcement Mamoor Ahmadzai, deputy of Baghlan Province, whose capital is Pul-e Khumri. The legislator also needed that the Afghan forces had been removed from the city.

advance taliban

Pul-e-Khumri, located about 200 kilometers from the capital Kabul, was taken this Martes by the Talibanes. Un shortly before the insurgents had taken control of the city of Farah, in the west of the country, which became the seventh provincial capital and was captured by the Talibanes forces. “This afternoon (Martes), the Talibanes will enter Farah after they will briefly fight the security forces. They will take over the governor’s workshop and the police general barracks. The security forces will retire to a military base.”, declared Shahla Abubar, member of the provincial council.

By the time, the insurgents talibanes ya dominate six of the new provincial capitals of the north. While in the south of the country are taken in the cities of Zaranj and Farah in the southwest. he Sunday, in a few hours take control of Kunduz, a strategic point between Kabul and Tayikistan. However continue them fighting al sur del country with cities like Kandahar and Lashkar Gah besieged for days.

Conversations in Qatar

For its part, the US government has warned that a Taliban government who holds power for the force in Afghanistan will not be recognized. The United States peace envoy, Zalmay Khalilzad, traveled to Qatar “to help formulate a joint international response to the rapid deterioration of the situation in Afghanistan”, I assured him Department of State en un press release.

The American cancilleria informed these moons that Khalilzad was located in the Qatari capital, Doha, where the Talibanes maintained a political workshop. This martes will also bring representatives from China, the United Kingdom, Pakistan, Uzbekistan, Qatar, the United Nations and the European Union, who “will pressurize to reduce violence and produce a high fire, and commit to recognizing an impuesto government for the fuerza”, according to the indication of the US diplomacy in the statement.

Since September of the past year in the city of Doha was the seat of conversations between the Afghan government and the Talibanes. The dialogues were established in the peace agreement signed in February 2020 by the Taliban and US insurgency (without the participation of government authorities in Afganistan), months before the withdrawal of foreign troops in the country.

Withdrawal from USA

With the departure of the American troops, the Talibans launched in May a strong offensive with which they took control of vast rural areas, and now aim to dominate the cities. In this sense, the North American cancillería stated that Khalilzad “will urge the Taliban to halt their military offensive and negotiate a political agreement, which is the only path to stability and development in Afganistan”.

concern of the UN

Once there High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, pidió the cess of the combats in Afganistán. “The parties must stop fighting to prevent further bloodshed. The Talibanes must end military operations in cities. Unless all parties return to the negotiating table and reach a peaceful solution, the situation is atrocious for so many Afghans solo empeorará”, said Bachelet in a press release from his workshop.


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