Afghanistan.- The Taliban have taken control of key institutions in the city of Fará and would already control seven provincial capitals, the result of an incessant advance that started on Friday and that has also implied advances in Mazar-e Sharif, which runs the risk of falling on the insurgent side as well.
The Taliban spokesman, Zabihulá Mujahid, has assured on Twitter that the group has already taken control of the offices of the governor of the Fará region – bordering Iran -, in an operation that aims to complete with the expulsion of the “Enemy” of other areas of the city, reports Proceso.com.mx
Sources cited by media such as Pajhwok or Tolo News have also confirmed this Tuesday that the Taliban control most of the town, including the main headquarters of the Police, after clashes have been recorded during the day.
The fighting is also repeated in Mazar-e Sharif, the fourth largest city in Afghanistan and located in the northern part, near Tajikistan. Local sources cited by the DPA news agency have warned that the situation has worsened in recent hours in the capital of the province of Balkh.
The provincial councilor Zabihulá Kakar and the deputy Saifura Niazi have explained that the attack began on Monday, on two districts adjacent to the city and, after a first response from the security forces, the insurgents had moved towards the Dehdadi area. “We have heard the sound of heavy artillery throughout the night,” Kakar told DPA.
The Taliban have intensified their offensive coinciding with the beginning of the international military withdrawal in early May. Despite the progress made in this time, both the United States and the rest of NATO partners have adhered to the planned plans.
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