KABAL : The Taliban began besieging the Afghan capital, Kabul, after capturing several key Afghan cities. The Afghan government’s control was limited to Kabul, and Jalalabad also fell to the Taliban.
According to the foreign news agency, the Afghan capital Kabul has been blacked out for several hours.
The Taliban also captured Mazar-e-Sharif, the last major city near the Uzbek border.
Claiming to be defending the city, Afghan forces, field marshals and warlord General Abdul Rashid Dostum and militia leader Ata Muhammad Noor escaped and could not be reached for comment.
Some sources say Field Marshal and Warlord General Abdul Rashid Dostum has fled Mazar-e-Sharif to Uzbekistan, while the Taliban are enjoying coffee and dried fruit at General Rashid Dostum’s home.
Along with the Pakistani border, the two main provinces of Paktia and Paktika have also been captured by the Taliban. The provinces of Faryab and Kunar are also under Taliban control.
The Taliban have so far seized 25 of the 34 provincial capitals.
Addressing the nation, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani refrained from talking about his resignation, consoling the nation that the army was being mobilized.
Meanwhile, Afghan officials told a foreign news agency that the governor of Jalalabad had surrendered to save lives.