The Taliban seize Mazar-i-Sharif in northern Afghanistan

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On Saturday, a local official announced that the Taliban had taken control of Mazar-i-Sharif, the capital of Balkh province in northern Afghanistan.

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“The National Army surrendered first,” the American “Associated Press” agency quoted Abbas Ibrahim Zadeh, a parliamentarian from Balkh province, as saying.

This caused the pro-government militias and other forces to lose morale and surrender in the face of the Taliban attack.”

Ibrahimzadeh added that “Abdul Rashid Dostum and Atta Muhammad Nur are among the former warlords who lead thousands of fighters and fled the city, and their whereabouts are unknown.”

“The fall of Mazar-i-Sharif is the fourth largest city in the country, which Afghan forces and two powerful former warlords have pledged to defend,” the Associated Press reported.

This gave the militants the possibility of controlling northern Afghanistan, and confining the government to the center and east.”

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Among the capitals of the provinces that fell to the “Taliban” are Kandahar, which is the second-largest city in Afghanistan, and Herat, the third-largest city in the country.

In addition to Ghazni, which is located on the road leading to the capital, Kabul, separated by a distance of no more than 149 kilometers.

Afghan forces control a few parts of the central and eastern provinces of the country, as well as the capital, Kabul.