Afghans fighting ramps up as Taliban lays siege on provincial capitals


Afghan militiamen join Afghan defense and security forces during a gathering in Kabul. (File photo| AP)

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UPDATED 4:52 PM PT – Sunday, August 1, 2021

Afghanistan has seen a rise in violence on the ground as fighting intensified between government forces and terror group Taliban. According to Afghan officials, the security situation has become critical across the country.

Officials reported Taliban forces made advancements towards at least three provincial capitals. Kabul has asked the U.S. to increase aerial support to its forces, who have been fighting Taliban in the provinces of Herat, Helmand and Kandahar.

“In three provinces the security situation is critical, especially in Lashkar Gah. The enemy has some movements,” explained Gen. Ajmal Omar Shinwari of the Afghan military. “Security and defensive forces are planning to intercept the enemy’s movements first, then build defensive lines and later launch offensive operations.”

U.S. military officials said they were ready to provide all necessary support to help Afghan troops hold ground. However, Taliban’s advances have continued.

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