January 17, 2022

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Taliban attack Mazar-e-Sharif – Viji

Security: Afghan security forces on the outskirts of Mazar-e-Sharif on Tuesday this week. Local officials say the Taliban have now launched a major offensive against the news agency AB. Photo: Mirwais Bezhan / AP

A Taliban spokesman said the Taliban were now launching a multi-pronged offensive against the northern Afghan city of Mazar-i-Sharif. A.P.


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The city is of great strategic and religious importance to the country. It was headquartered here in the Northern Alliance, which helped defeat the Taliban in 2001.

Norwegian forces were also stationed in the city between 2006-2014.

The country’s president, Ashraf Ghani, visited the city on Wednesday this week to promote security.

At least 18 provincial capitals in Afghanistan are now under Taliban control. On Saturday morning, there were also reports of the group being present Occupies the provincial capital of Logar, It is eighty miles south of the capital.

In an interview with Security Forum Arne Christian Sarnes, Norway’s security coordinator in Afghanistan, says the Taliban are more likely to try to seize the capital this fall.

– It is difficult to say what the Taliban will do next. But there are many signs that they are now positioning themselves to move towards Kabul. As it now appears, there is a good chance the Taliban will already try to capture Kabul this fall, says Sarnas Security Forum.

Emptying embassies

At a time when the Taliban is making rapid inroads in the country, there are now large-scale evictions of several countries’ embassies in the country’s capital, Kabul.

It was announced on Friday night by Norwegian Foreign Minister Ine Eriksen Soride (H) The Norwegian embassy in Kabul will be evacuated.

During a press conference on Friday, he acknowledged that the security situation was deteriorating faster than anyone expected.

Staff from the Norwegian Armed Forces will be in the country. The United States, Denmark and Germany are also evacuating their embassies in Kabul.

Expel the embassy: – It is urgent to do so in the sense that we see the situation deteriorating rapidly, although it is not subject to the Kabul attack, it is clear that it is a situation where the Taliban are moving closer, said Ine Eriksen during a press conference in Sreide. Photo: Perit Rold

Over the weekend, U.S. forces will help evacuate Kabul to safer areas. Pentagon Secretary of State John F. Kirby said in a statement that he plans to deploy about 3,000 troops in the city. Press conference.

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– Kirby told reporters that this was a specific, narrow-minded and designed move to help secure the safe relocation of civil servants in Kabul.

According to CNN The U.S. embassy in Kabul is said to have instructed staff to destroy sensitive items.

Report of the U.S. Defense Service, which was reconstructed, among others Reuters, The Taliban believe it can isolate Kabul within 30 days and seize capital within 90 days.