Curfew across Afghanistan as Taliban advances
Written by crest887fm on July 25, 2021
The Afghan government imposed a curfew across almost all of the country on Saturday in an attempt to stop the Taliban from invading cities.
Aside from the capital Kabul and two other provinces, no movement will be allowed between 10:00pm and 04:00am.
Fighting between the Taliban and Afghan government forces has escalated over the past two months as international troops withdraw from the country.
The militant group is estimated to have captured up to half of all territory.
It has moved swiftly in the wake of the US withdrawal, retaking border crossings and other territory in rural areas.
In response, the US launched airstrikes against militant positions in the area on Thursday. But with US operations in Afghanistan officially due to end on 31 August, there are concerns about the months ahead.
President Biden has said the American pull-out is justified as US forces have made sure Afghanistan cannot again become a base for foreign jihadists to plot against the West.