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Taliban take over radio station after capturing Afghan metropolis

KABUL: The Taliban seized a radio station in Kandahar and took to the airwaves on Saturday (Aug 14) after capturing a lot of southern Afghanistan in a fast offensive that has raised fears of a full takeover lower than three weeks earlier than the US is ready to withdraw its final troops.

The Taliban have captured a lot of northern, western and southern Afghanistan in current weeks, leaving the Western-backed authorities in charge of a smattering of provinces within the middle and east, in addition to the capital, Kabul, and the northern metropolis of Mazar-i-Sharif.

The withdrawal of international forces and the swift retreat of Afghanistan’s personal troops – regardless of a whole bunch of billions of {dollars} in US assist through the years – has raised fears the Taliban might return to energy or the nation could possibly be plunged into civil warfare.

The primary Marines from a contingent of three,000 arrived on Friday to assist partially evacuate the US Embassy. The remainder are set to reach by Sunday, and their deployment has raised questions on whether or not the administration will meet its Aug 31 withdrawal deadline.

The Taliban launched a video by which an unnamed rebel introduced the takeover of town’s foremost radio station, which has been renamed the Voice of Sharia, or Islamic legislation. He mentioned all staff have been current and would broadcast information, political evaluation and recitations of the Quran, the Islamic holy ebook. It seems the station will now not play music.

It was not clear if the Taliban had purged the earlier staff or allowed them to return to work. Most residents of Kandahar sport the standard costume favoured by the Taliban. The person within the video congratulated the folks of Kandahar on the Taliban’s victory.

The Taliban have operated cell radio stations through the years, however haven’t operated a station inside a significant metropolis since they dominated the nation from 1996-2001. At the moment, additionally they ran a station known as Voice of Sharia out of Kandahar, the birthplace of the militant group. Music was banned.

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