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Global News: UN's Afghan Ambassador, Deborah Lyons, Is Concerned About Taliban Gains

The United Nations has issued a warning that Taliban fighters have taken control of dozens of districts in Afghanistan as they intensify their attacks ahead of the final withdrawal of foreign troops.


According to UN Special Envoy Deborah Lyons, who warned of "dangerous scenarios," insurgents have taken over more than 50 of the 370 districts since May.


She claims that increased conflict "means increased insecurity for many other countries, near and far."


The United States and NATO continue to aim for a complete troop withdrawal by September 11th.The situation remained "dynamic," according to Pentagon spokesman John Kirby, who added that while the Taliban gains had not impacted the withdrawal's "pace and breadth," there was still potential for change.


Ms Lyons said the hardline Islamist group's recent achievements were the consequence of a "intensified military campaign" before the UN Security Council in New York.


Taliban fighters in the vicinity of a checkpoint


"Those regions that have been captured surround provincial capitals, implying that the Taliban are positioning themselves to try to take these capitals once foreign forces have departed completely," the Taliban claimed.

The Taliban also grabbed control of Afghanistan's main border crossing with Tajikistan on Tuesday, according to officials. The bridge is in Kunduz, a northern region where fighting has recently flared.


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Taliban fighters claim complete control of the region, with the government keeping only control of Kunduz, the province capital. The Afghan defense ministry in Kabul, on the other hand, announced that Afghan forces had retaken certain districts and that operations were still ongoing.

Kunduz is a strategically significant city that was briefly overrun by militants in 2015 and then again a year later, both times before being reclaimed by Nato-backed government forces.


On Kunduz, Afghanistan, on May 19, 2020, Afghan security officers sit in a Humvee vehicle as the struggle between Taliban terrorists and Afghan government forces continues.


Hundreds of soldiers have been killed, injured, or kidnapped, according to local media. The group's total number of casualties is unclear.

Afghan security forces have stated that they will launch a large-scale operation to recapture lost territory soon.

"You will see our progress across the country in the near future," stated spokesman Gen Ajmal Shinwari.


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The Taliban were ousted in Afghanistan by US-led forces in October 2001. The organization was holding Osama Bin Laden and other al-Qaeda members linked to the 9/11 attacks in the United States.


The US leave is now legitimate, according to US President Joe Biden, because US forces have insured that Afghanistan will no longer be used as a base for international extremists planning against the US.

Last year, though, a top United Nations official warned that al-Qaeda was still "heavily implanted" among Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan.


Although Afghan President Ashraf Ghani claims that government forces are completely competent of holding insurgents at bay, many fear that the departure will return Afghanistan to the Taliban's control.


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Mr. Biden has stated that the United States will continue to support Afghanistan, but not "militarily."


Afghan security troops take their positions in Mihtarlam, the capital of Laghman province, during an ongoing confrontation between Taliban and Afghan forces.

Taliban insurgents can be contained by Afghan security forces.

On Tuesday, Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan stated in the Washington Post that his country was eager to be a "partner for peace in Afghanistan" with the US, but that it would not host US bases.


He admitted that Pakistan had made mistakes in the past by choosing between warring parties in neighboring Afghanistan, and vowed to work with anyone who had the trust of the Afghan people.


Afghan leaders have long accused Pakistan of assisting the Taliban. The country's cooperation is regarded as critical to the United States' departure goals.


Mr Khan recently claimed that the CIA would "absolutely not" be permitted to conduct cross-border counter-terrorism activities in Pakistan against al-Qaeda, the Islamic State, or the Taliban.

Summarised Version

Taliban fighters have taken control of more than 50 districts since May, the has warned. The United States and NATO aim for a complete troop withdrawal by September 11th. Taliban claim complete control of Kunduz, but Afghan forces claim to have retaken some areas. The Taliban were ousted in Afghanistan by US-led forces in October 2001. Many fear that the departure will return Afghanistan to the Taliban's control. Pakistan's Prime Minister says his country is eager to be a "partner for peace in Afghanistan" but won't host US bases.

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