Taliban take Kandahar, Kabul just 40km away


The fall of Kandahar, Afghanistan’s second-largest city and the former headquarters of the Taliban movement, in the south to the insurgents in the early hours of Friday was followed by the swift retreat of government forces from at least six other provincial capitals. These stunning, and rapid, victories have brought the insurgents to 40 km from the national capital, Kabul. The Taliban now control 18 of the country’s 34 provincial capitals.