By Radio Free Afghanistan
June 8, 2021
The Taliban has captured another district center in Afghanistan, adding to the insurgent group’s recent military gains since the start of the withdrawal of international troops from the war-torn country.
Government forces abandoned the center of the Dawlat Abad district in the northern province of Faryab and retreated to a nearby district, a security source told RFE/RL on June 8.
A member of the provincial council, Abdul Ahad Alibek, said the fate of more than a dozen members of the security forces remained unclear because the telecommunications system in the area was down.
Ground support was impossible because the insurgents controlled all routes leading to the district, Alibek said.
Several districts across Afghanistan have fallen to the Taliban since the beginning of the official withdrawal of the United States and other NATO troops on May 1.
Afghan officials have said the Taliban had taken control of at least two other districts — in Uruzgan and Badghis provinces — since June 6.
They also claimed on June 7 that more than 70 Taliban fighters were killed in fighting in Paktia, Baghlan, Nangarhar, Logar, and Badghis provinces in the preceding 24 hours.
U.S. President Joe Biden has given the military until September 11 to pull out all American troops from Afghanistan following two decades of war.
Marine General Kenneth McKenzie, the head of U.S. Central Command, told reporters on June 7 that the withdrawal from Afghanistan is on pace and “continuing very smoothly.”
McKenzie said the pullout was “about halfway finished,” without providing details.
With reporting by dpa, TOLOnews, and AP
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