Afghanistan war: Taliban fighters takes over another major city.
Written by crest887fm on August 8, 2021
The Taliban say they have taken control of the city of Sheberghan in the northern Afghan province of Jawzjan.
An Afghan defence ministry spokesman told newsmen that government forces were still in the city and would clear out the Taliban “soon”.
This is the second regional capital to fall to the militants, after Zaranj in the south-western province of Nimroz fell on Friday.
It is a major blow to security forces, with battles raging across the country.
There are also reports of heavy fighting in Kunduz in the north and Lashkar Gah in the south.
Violence has escalated across Afghanistan after US and other international forces began to withdraw their troops from the country, following 20 years of military operations.
Taliban militants have made rapid advances in recent weeks, capturing large swathes of the countryside, and are now targeting key towns and cities.
Local media reports that 150 people travelled to the city to help Afghan forces.
The Taliban first took control of the governor’s compound on Friday during intense fighting, before it was retaken by Afghan security forces.