On August 12, the Taliban finally took over Herat, Afghanistan’s largest city, according to the France-Press Agency (AFP).
An unnamed Afghan security official told the agency that government forces and administration officials had retreated from the northwestern city.
Afghan sources shared on social media several videos showing Taliban fighters at the center of Herat and near the city’s main Police Headquarters. One of the videos shows dozens of prisoners who were released from Herat prison by Taliban fighters.
Nearly a week ago, the Afghan army, security forces and popular resistance, led by former warlord “Lion of Herat” Mohammad Ismail Khan, repelled a large offensive by the Taliban on Herat. The group didn’t back down for too long, however.
The Taliban’s successful attack on Herat came a few hours after a similar push in the southeastern province of Ghazni. The group’s fighters captured the province’s capital, Ghazni city, which is located just 150 km away from Kabul.
Herat was the tenth provincial capital the Taliban have seized in a week. The group will likely develop its attacks even further in the upcoming few days. Afghan government forces appear to be hopeless without direct military support from the US.