Taliban is making rapid advances in Afghanistan and is on the verge of capturing Mazar-e-Sharif, capital of Balkh province, and President Ashraf Ghani rushed to Balkh on Wednesday (August 11).
Taliban is making rapid advances in Afghanistan and could isolate capital Kabul in 30 days and capture it in 90 days, reported Reuters, quoting a US defence official.
“Taliban fighters could isolate Afghanistan's capital in 30 days and possibly take it over in 90, a U.S. defence official told Reuters, citing U.S. intelligence, as the resurgent militants took control of an eighth provincial Afghan capital,” posted Reuters on microblogging platform Twitter.
It added, “The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said that the new assessment of how long Kabul could stand was a result of the rapid gains the Taliban had been making around the country as U.S.-led foreign forces leave.”
Taliban now controls over 60 per cent of Afghanistan.
In the latest setback to the Afghanistan government, the Taliban captured Faizabad, the capital of the northeastern province of Badakhshan, on Wednesday (August 11).
On Wednesday, President Ashraf Ghani rushed to Mazar-e-Sharif, the capital of Balkh province, where the Taliban is making rapid advances.