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Taliban take key metropolis near Kabul as US troops arrive to help evacuations

SPINNING OUT OF CONTROL

United Nations Secretary-Common Antonio Guterres warned that “Afghanistan is spinning uncontrolled” and urged all events to do extra to guard civilians.

“That is the second to halt the offensive. That is the second to begin critical negotiation. That is the second to keep away from a chronic civil struggle, or the isolation of Afghanistan,” Guterres advised reporters in New York.

Many individuals within the capital have been stocking up on rice and different meals in addition to first assist, residents mentioned. Visa purposes at embassies have been operating within the tens of 1000’s, officers mentioned.

Afghan First Vice President Amrullah Saleh mentioned after a safety assembly chaired by President Ashraf Ghani that he was happy with the armed forces and the federal government would do all it might to strengthen resistance to the Taliban.

The explosion in combating has raised fears of a refugee disaster and a rollback of beneficial properties in human rights. Some 400,000 civilians have been compelled from their houses this 12 months, 250,000 of them since Could, a UN official mentioned.

Of Afghanistan’s main cities, the federal government nonetheless holds Mazar-i-Sharif within the north and Jalalabad, close to the Pakistani border within the east, along with Kabul.

The velocity of the Taliban’s beneficial properties has led to recriminations over the US withdrawal, which was negotiated final 12 months below the administration of President Joe Biden’s Republican predecessor, Donald Trump.

Biden mentioned this week he didn’t remorse his determination to comply with by means of with the withdrawal. He famous Washington has spent greater than US$1 trillion and misplaced 1000’s of troops over twenty years, and referred to as on Afghanistan’s military and leaders to step up.

Opinion polls confirmed most Individuals again Biden’s determination, however Republicans criticised the Democratic president’s dealing with of the US withdrawal.

Senate Republican chief Mitch McConnell referred to as the scenario in Afghanistan “a debacle” however mentioned it was not too late to cease the Taliban overrunning the capital by offering air and different help for Afghan forces.

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