A White House official has been reported saying preliminary estimates have been drastically revised and the navy now thinks Kabul may collapse inside 90 days – others even say a month.
Three extra provincial capitals – Badakhshan, Baghlan and Farah – have fallen to the Taliban, led by Hibatullah Akhundzada. That places 9 out of the 34 areas within the arms of the insurgents.
While Kabul has not been immediately threatened, the advance continues to stretch Afghan safety forces who’re largely combating on their very own.
Despite a 20-year Western navy mission and billions spent coaching and shoring up Afghan troops, a whole lot of standard forces have fled.The combating has fallen largely to small teams of elite troops and the Afghan air power.
The success of the Taliban blitz has added urgency to the necessity to restart long-stalled talks in Qatar that might finish the combating and transfer Afghanistan in the direction of an inclusive interim administration.
Tens of 1000’s of individuals have left their properties within the north to escape battles. Families have flowed into Kabul, dwelling in parks and streets with little meals or water.
Taliban is forcing ladies into intercourse slavery
JIHADIST fighters are marrying ladies as younger as 12 and forcing them into intercourse slavery, seeing them as “spoils of war”.
Commanders have ordered imams in areas they’ve captured to convey them lists of single ladies aged 12 to 45.
Fighters have then been going door-to-door to declare their “prizes”, earlier than forcing them into a lifetime of sexual servitude.
Meanwhile, a feminine journalist has instructed of escaping an unnamed metropolis within the north and going into hiding together with her uncle, for worry the Islamists would discover and execute her. The 22-year-old fled previous Taliban gunmen whereas disguised by a burqa, however was compelled to flee once more after informants reported her to militants.
She mentioned: (*3*)Where will I am going? How will I survive?”