Aug. 15 2021 The Taliban have taken over 22 provincial capitals after capturing The key provincial capital of Mazar-i-Sharif in northern Afghanistan on Saturday (14th). Afghan officials say the Taliban have reached an area just seven miles south of the Afghan capital, Kabul. On the same day, President Ghani made a national speech, calling for international assistance.
Comprehensive U.S. “Capitol Hill”, the Associated Press and other foreign media reported that the Taliban captured the capital of Balkh province, Afghanistan’s fourth largest city Mazar-i-Sharif, and occupied the capital Kabul south of Logar province all areas, took over 22 provincial capitals, is gradually approaching the capital Kabul. Hoda Ahmadi, a lawmaker in Logar province, said the Taliban had reached the Char Asyab area, just 11 kilometers (7 miles) south of Kabul.
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on the 14th on the domestic situation in a televised speech, calling on the international community to help the Afghan government to fight the Taliban. In his speech, Ghani, who is close to Kabul amid growing fears that it will soon be captured by the Taliban, has held extensive dialogue and consultations with the international community, which are still under way and the outcome of which will soon be known