Taliban control all key cities, cut off Afghan capital from east

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As Taliban continues its surge taking the key eastern city of Jalalabad without a fight on Sunday, the United States sent more troops to help evacuate its civilians. Kabul is the only major Afghanistan city in government control now.

BBC reported that the Taliban on Sunday took control of Jalalabad, without a fight.

A tweet shared by Tariq Ghazniwal purportedly showing the provincial governor handing over control to the Taliban.

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Taliban fighters entered Mazar-i-Sharif on Saturday virtually unopposed as Afghan security forces escaped up the highway to neighboring Uzbekistan, about 80 km (50 miles) to the north, provincial officials said.

In a statement late on Saturday, the Taliban said its rapid gains showed it was popularly accepted by the Afghan people and reassured both Afghans and foreigners that they would be safe.

Taliban fighters pose on the back of a vehicle in the city of Herat, west of Kabul, Afghanistan, on Aug. 14, 2021. On Sunday, they seized the key city of Jalalabad. (AP Photo/Hamed Sarfarazi)

US in addition to the 3,000 troops sent to help evacuation of American personnel from the war-torn country, 0n Saturday, Biden ordered another 1,000 thus bringing the total to 5,000.

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The US president, however, ruled out any change in his plans with regard to the withdrawal of all his troops from Afghanistan before September 11.

“I was the fourth President to preside over an American troop presence in Afghanistan two Republicans, two Democrats. I would not, and will not, pass this war onto a fifth,” he said.

Biden said he has ordered armed forces and the intelligence community to ensure that the US maintains the capability and the vigilance to address future terrorist threats from Afghanistan.

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He has also directed the Secretary of State Anthony Blinken to support Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and other Afghan leaders as they seek to prevent further bloodshed and pursue a political settlement.

Meanwhile, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Saturday held talks with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken to discuss efforts to reduce violence in Afghanistan.

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