Taliban take over Herat Police headquarters in western Afghanistan


After the Taliban captured a strategic provincial capital near Kabul and broke through defensive lines in Afghanistan’s third-largest city Thursday, it took over Herat Police headquarters in Western Afghanistan.

Taliban fighters patrol inside the city of Ghazni, southwest of Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, Aug. 12, 2021. (AP Photo)

After the Taliban captured a strategic provincial capital near Kabul and broke through defensive lines in Afghanistan’s third-largest city on Thursday, it took over Herat Police headquarters in Western Afghanistan.

Herat, Afghanistan’s third-largest city and the capital of a province with the same name, has been targeted in militant attacks for days. On Thursday afternoon, the insurgents broke through the city’s defensive lines.

Witnesses described the Taliban as moving through the streets, battling government forces. The fighting closed highways, and Herat’s airport suspended flights amid the chaos.

Squeezing Kabul, The Taliban on Thursday captured a strategic provincial capital near the capital, breaking through defensive lines in Afghanistan’s third-largest city, Ghazni.

Reports said that seizing Ghazni cuts off a crucial highway linking the Afghan capital with the country’s southern provinces.

Kabul reportedly isn’t directly under threat yet, however, the seizure of Ghazni and the conflict elsewhere further tightens a resurgent Taliban’s grip, which now is estimated to hold some two-thirds of the nation.

(With inputs from agencies)

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