Taliban takes control of cities in Afghanistan ahead of US withdrawal

The Taliban on Sunday took hold of two major cities in Afghanistan, sparking “total chaos” ahead of the complete US troop withdrawal from the country at the end of the month, according to reports.

The Islamist militant group captured government buildings in Kunduz, a northeastern city, and in Sar-e Pul, a northern provincial capital.

“Fierce street-to-street fighting is ongoing in different parts of the city, ” said Amruddin Wali, a member of the Kunduz provincial council, according to AFP. “Some security forces have retreated towards the airport.”

“Heavy clashes started yesterday afternoon,” he added. “All government headquarters are in control of the Taliban, only the army base and the airport is with ANDSF (Afghan security forces) from where they are resisting the Taliban.”



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