As Britons and Americans evacuate Afghanistan, the Taliban seize important cities… ‘Dangerous consequences’ are the words that come to mind.
After taking the regional capital of Kunduz, Taliban gunmen have continued their merciless march across Afghanistan.
Following severe battle with government forces, Islamist terrorists took control of the area yesterday.
Kunduz is the Taliban’s biggest significant gain this year, as it is the fourth major city to fall since Friday.
Militants also fought their way into Sar-e-Pul, a northern city that was taken within hours of Kunduz, yesterday.
Following the withdrawal of US and other international forces after 20 years of military operations, violence has risen across Afghanistan.
In recent weeks, Taliban forces have made remarkable gains, taking wide swaths of the countryside and now focusing on vital towns and cities. In recent weeks, they have retaken more than half of Afghanistan’s 421 districts.
The situation deteriorated just hours after the British and American governments issued warnings to their people to leave the country.
US President Joe Biden has reaffirmed his commitment to withdrawing all of his country’s troops by the end of this month.
“If you are still in Afghanistan, you are recommended to leave soon by commercial means due to the increasing security situation,” the Foreign Office advised British people.
Tobias Ellwood, a Conservative MP and former Army captain, condemned the West’s departure.
“Our precipitous withdrawal from Afghanistan could out to be the largest own goal the West has committed this century,” he remarked. The dangers are becoming more apparent by the day.
“Unless we wake up to the truth of what is happening, Afghanistan could become a terror state once more. Remember, this is the country that gave us 9/11.”
Heavy battle is also taking place in western Herat, the country’s third-largest city, as well as Kandahar and Lashkar Gah in the south.
This year, tens of thousands of citizens have been displaced.
Families, including babies and little children, have taken refuge in a school in Asadabad, in the northeastern city.
Afghan officials said militants have been killed as a result of increased US airstrikes on Taliban sites.