World Afghanistan ministry sets curfew in bid to curb Taliban attacks
Afghanistan's neighbors wary as US seeks nearby staging area
American diplomats are escalating a charm offensive with Central Asian leaders this week as they work to secure a close-by spot to respond to any resurgence of outside militants in Afghanistan after the U.S. military withdraws. American diplomats are escalating a charm offensive with Central Asian leaders this week as they work to secure a close-by spot to respond to any resurgence of outside militants in Afghanistan after the U.S. military withdraws.
officials this week announced a curfew in most provinces while the government attempts to push back against attacks as the U.S. withdrawal nears completion.
The Afghanistan Ministry of Interior Affairs instituted a nightly curfew that starts at 10 p.m. and lasts until 4 a.m.
The curfew will be in effect for 31 provinces, with Kabul, Nangharhar and Panjshir exempt. The government claims that the curfew will enable it to better defend against Taliban attacks.
The move is the latest sign of desperation from the Afghan government.
Taliban offer three-month ceasefire in exchange for release of 7,000 prisoners
Afghan government negotiator Nader Nadery announced on Thursday that the Taliban offered the Afghan government a ceasefire in exchange for the release of thousands of captured Taliban fighters. © Provided by Washington Examiner The proposition comes in the wake of major Taliban gains over the course of this year, following the gradual withdrawal of U.S. troops from the country. In addition to the release of 7,000 prisoners, the Taliban also demand the removal of the names of several Taliban leaders from a United Nations blacklist, Nadery said, according to the BBC.
The Taliban has seized "momentum" with its attacks as the U.S. military continues to withdraw troops from the country – a move that several military leaders and politicians on both sides have criticized.
Former President Donald Trump set out a plan to withdraw troops by May, but President Biden delayed that timeline to Sept. 11 after he assumed office in 2021. The Pentagon said Thursday that the withdrawaland will be completed by Aug. 31.
Video: Taliban gains control of more Afghanistan districts as US troops leave (FOX News)
However, Afghanistan has struggled in the absence of support from the U.S. military. The Defense Ministryas of July 5 to focus defensive efforts around some of the more critical capital provinces.
Taliban say they want Afghan deal, even as they battle on
ISLAMABAD (AP) — The leader of the Taliban said Sunday that his movement is committed to a political settlement to end decades of war in Afghanistan, even as the insurgents battle in dozens of districts across to country to gain territory. The statement by Maulawi Hibatullah Alhundzada came as Taliban leaders were meeting with a high-level Afghan government delegation in the Gulf state of Qatar to jump-start stalled peace talks. The Kabul delegation includes the No. 2 in the government, Abdullah Abdullah, head of Afghanistan’s national reconciliation council.
Those efforts appear to have failed, with Taliban forces reportedly taking 19 districts "without a fight,", an Afghan warlord and key U.S. ally.
Noor blamed a fractious government that is unable to organize itself, and he labeled the U.S. as "irresponsible" for its departure.
The Taliban claimed as of July 9 that itof the country's territory. They have also captured several border crossings with Iran, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan, opening up potential revenues for the terrorist group and cutting key transportation routes.
Former President George W. Bushthat will have "unbelievably bad" consequences.
"This is a mistake," Bush told German broadcaster Deutsche Welle. "They’re just going to be left behind to be slaughtered by these very brutal people, and it breaks my heart."
Fox News' Brooke Singman contributed to this report.
Taliban push closer to front lines of two major Afghanistan cities .
The Taliban has started to make inroads in two of Afghanistan's major cities after they launched attacks at several airports on Saturday.Airports in the the second and fourth largest cities in the country, Kandahar and Herat, were struck by rockets launched by the insurgent group on Saturday, The Washington Post reported.The newspaper reported it is the first time that the Taliban has advanced in those two cities in almost 20 years.A Taliban spokesperson told Reuters on Saturday that at least three rockets struck an airport in Kandahar overnight.