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Taliban Claim More Territory, Seizing Three More Afghan Cities

HeadlineAug 11, 2021

In Afghanistan, the Taliban has now seized control of nine provincial capitals since Friday. Hundreds of Afghan soldiers have reportedly surrendered at the Kunduz airport, sealing the Taliban’s control over the city after they captured it over the weekend. Meanwhile, Russian media is reporting Taliban fighters have also taken control of Afghanistan’s borders with Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, and Afghanistan’s acting finance minister quit and left the country. The U.N. says there have been more than 1,000 civilian casualties over the past month, including the death of at least 27 children. Nearly a quarter of a million people have been internally displaced since May. All this as uncertainty also looms at ongoing peace talks in Doha and with just weeks left before the U.S. completes its withdrawal.

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