Afghanistan crisis Highlights: The Taliban has taken control of Herat, Afghanistan’s third-largest city after government forces and administration retreated. According to news agency AFP, Taliban fighters took over the police headquarters in Herat Thursday evening.
Earlier today, the Taliban captured a provincial capital near Kabul, the 10th the insurgents have taken over a weeklong blitz across Afghanistan as the US and NATO prepare to withdraw entirely from the country after decades of war.
According to the Associated Press, the militants raised their white flags imprinted with an Islamic proclamation of faith over the city of Ghazni, just 130 kilometers southwest of Kabul. Sporadic fighting continued at an intelligence base and an army installation outside the city, two local officials told the news agency.
Meanwhile, a US defense official citing US intelligence has said that the Taliban can isolate Kabul in 30 days and possibly take it over within 90. The official, speaking to Reuters on condition of anonymity on Wednesday, said the new assessment of how long Kabul could stand was a result of the Taliban’s rapid gains as US-led foreign forces leave.