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The crisis in Afghanistan

TOPSHOT - This handout photo courtesy of US Marines Corps shows Marines with the 24th Expeditionary ...
27 August 2021
The situation in the country collapsed after the withdrawal of international troops, which began on 1 May and was already 95% completed, well before the official 11 September deadline. In recent months rebels took control of dozens of rural districts and then launched attacks on the country’s principal cities. 11 August: the Taliban conquer the city of Faizabad in northern Afghanistan. It is the ninth provincial capital to fall into the hands of the insurgents in less than a week. 13 August: the city of Ghazni, in the province of the same name in south-eastern Afghanistan, also falls. It is just the precursor to the attack that will lead to the conquest of another key city: Herat. 15 August: Kabul falls. The Taleban seize possession of the capital without a fight. President Ghani is in flight, along with thousands of people. As ...

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