Afghan govt says stand firm against ‘terrorists’ as Taliban blitz continues
In a devastating setback for the Afghan government, the Taliban captured four provincial capitals in Afghanistan on Friday, including the key city of Lashkar Gah in the province of Helmand. The insurgents have taken half of the country’s 34 provincial capitals in recent days, including its second-and third-largest cities, Herat and Kandahar.
Meanwhile, Afghan First Vice-President Amrullah Saleh said he was proud of the country’s armed forces, “It was decided with conviction and resolve that we stand firm against Taliban terrorists and do everything to strengthen the national resistance by all means and ways. period,” he said in a tweet about a national security meeting chaired by President Ashraf Ghani.
UN chief urges Taliban to halt offensive, begin negotiations
The United Nations chief urged the Taliban on Friday to immediately halt its offensive across Afghanistan and negotiate “in good faith” to avert a prolonged civil war. In his first and strongest appeal to the Islamic militant group, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said he was “deeply disturbed by early indications that the Taliban are imposing severe restrictions in the areas under their control, particularly targeting women and journalists.
source: The Indian Express
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