Three months of the Taliban sweeping Afghanistan 3Three months of the Taliban sweeping Afghanistan 3

The US and its NATO allies began the final withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan in early May. Just a few days after 9,600 coalition soldiers, including 2,500 US soldiers, departed for the country, fighting began to flare up fiercely between

On May 8, a bombing occurred outside a girls’ school in Kabul, killing 85 people, mostly students.

The US continued to rush to withdraw troops from one of the largest air bases in Afghanistan in Kandahar, the Central Asian country’s second largest city, in mid-May. The Taliban then captured districts in Wardak province near Kabul.

A Taliban gunman stands on the street in the Afghan city of Ghazni on August 14.

By early June, the Taliban captured several districts in the north, forcing government military units protecting these targets to withdraw.

US and NATO officials on July 2 announced their forces were withdrawing from Bagram, the largest air base in Afghanistan and the center of US-led operations in the Central Asian country for two decades.

On July 9, the Taliban announced that they had occupied Islam Qala, the largest border crossing between Afghanistan and Iran.

After controlling much of the countryside and key border crossings, the Taliban increased their offensive momentum, targeting urban centers, including Lashkar Gah, Kandahar and Herat.

On August 3, the Taliban reminded the Afghan people of their return with a bombing and shooting targeting the Afghan Defense Minister and a number of parliamentarians right in Kabul.

The Taliban captured Afghanistan’s first provincial capital, the southwestern city of Zaranj, `without firing a shot`, as government troops either hastily fled or surrendered to their forces.

In the following days, other northern cities fell including Sheberghan, Kunduz, Sar-e-Pul, Taloqan, Aibak, Farah and Pul-e-Khumri.

Three months of the Taliban sweeping Afghanistan

Three months of the Taliban sweeping Afghanistan

The Taliban’s advance on August 13-14.

Despite the Taliban capturing many important cities and `winning like splitting bamboo`, US President Joe Biden did not delay the withdrawal of troops with a deadline of August 31, before the 20th anniversary of the September 11 attacks.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on August 11 flew to the city of Mazar-i-Sharif besieged by the Taliban to gather and encourage soldiers to fight.

On the same day, the city of Herat in the west fell and the Taliban on August 12 captured the cities of Kandahar and Lashkar Gah in the south.

The Taliban entered the city of Jalalabad on the morning of August 15, making Kabul then the only major city in Afghanistan still under government control.

At that moment, President Ghani hurriedly fled Afghanistan, causing the government to collapse without a successor leader.

Taliban representatives declared `the war is over` and will establish an `Islamic emirate` of Afghanistan.

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