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US News Afghanistan: Around Herat, the Taliban pressure is growing

00:25  01 august  2021
00:25  01 august  2021 Source:   fr.euronews.com

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Kabul, Afghanistan – Intense fighting in Afghanistan ’s western province of Herat continued for a third day on Saturday as the Taliban continued an assault to take the province’s eponymous capital, home to hundreds of thousands of people. Residents fear that the group could enter Herat , the nation’s “ The Taliban continue to stage assassinations and launch grenades,” he said, which makes people afraid to move around a city that is considered one of Afghanistan ’s economic and cultural hubs. Other residents said several markets in the city remain closed, as many people are too scared to venture

Fighting is raging around three major cities in southern and western Afghanistan as Taliban militants seek to seize them from government forces. Taliban fighters have entered parts of Herat , Lashkar Gah and Kandahar. They have made rapid gains in rural areas since it was announced almost all foreign troops would go by September. The Taliban 's firm focus is now on Afghanistan 's cities. The situation is fluid but Lashkar Gah, capital of Helmand province where many US and British soldiers lost their lives, looks the most vulnerable right now.

for three days, armed clashes oppose Taliban and government forces south of Herat, a city of 600,000 inhabitants, the largest in the West from the country. View on Euronews

  Afghanistan : autour de Herat, la pression des Taliban est de plus en plus forte © Кадр из видео AFP

For three days, armed clashes oppose Taliban and government forces south of Herat, a city of 600,000 inhabitants, the largest in the western country. The Afghan army is helped by anti-taliban militias and local clans leaders, some very influential.

The fights in recent hours took place around two bridges that cross the Harirud River, ten kilometers south of the city. The Taliban would already control several sectors of the Herrat Procince, and many civilians started fleeing.

"Many people have abandoned their homes, tells a man, and flee towards Herat. See people flee from home made them panic, and it will demoralize people. We are very worried."

Friday of UN premises on site have been attacked and a soldier killed. The Taliban also seized two border posts, one, the main point of passage with Iran, the second with Turkmenistan.

The Taliban seizes a second provincial capital, the Afghans worried .
YOUR Browser does not support this video after the fall of another provincial capital The day before, the city of Sheberghan is now in the hands of the Taliban. A new setback for the Afghan government. The Taliban seized this Saturday of the city of Sheberghan (North), the second provincial capital to fall into the hands of the insurgents in less than twenty-four hours and since the beginning of the final withdrawal of the foreign forces of Afghanistan in May .

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