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Taliban capture more provincial capitals in southern, northern Afghanistan

Amin Alemi
Press TV, Kabul

The Afghan defense ministry has confirmed the fall of Sheberghan, Kunduz and Sar-e-Pol cities in northern Afghanistan into the hands of the Taliban saying Afghan troops backed by local armed forces have retreated as an attempt to avoid civilian casualties.

In the meantime, the defense ministry also says that government troops backed by local armed forces are planning to conduct a large-scale attack on the captured cities to retake them from the Taliban, a move that according to military commanders, needs more time.

In such circumstances, locals here look to the ongoing war as unfruitful. They urge the Afghan government, the Taliban and the rest of local players to set aside their differences for the sake of people’s demand which is peace and calm.

Many others also believe that there are some secret dealings behind the recent rising Taliban advances. That is why they want some international bodies mainly the UN to intervene in an effort to end what they call a proxy war in Afghanistan.

The Taliban has expanded its attacks over the recent month capturing over 200 districts in different parts of the country. The militants are gaining more ground despite suffering heavy casualties during their assaults mainly on big cities.

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