Taliban take over six more districts in Afghanistan

Afghan government forces abandoned or were pushed out of six more district centres across the country in the past 24 hours, as Taliban militants gain more ground, local officials confirmed on Monday cited by the dpa. The fallen district are in the provinces of Herat, Ghor, Sar-e Pul, Zabul, and Farah.

The service members, who were under siege in the district centres for a long time, have either escaped to join other forces or evacuated with the help of air support after they did not receive air and ground support. Some also left their military equipment and ammunition behind.

In addition, Khan Abad district in Kunduz was briefly captured by the insurgents on Monday, but security forces retook it. The militants have seen a string of gains recently. Since the beginning of the official withdrawal of the US and other NATO troops on 1 May, at least 23 districts have fallen to the Taliban.

A source within the government says that the evacuation of non-strategic districts, bases, and checkpoints are aimed to protect key cities and districts from collapse. However, concerns are growing about the capability of security forces following a complete withdrawal of the international forces.

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