A US intelligence official told Reuters that Mr The Taliban will isolate the Afghan capital, Kabul within a month and control within 3 months.
Meanwhile, an Afghan official and local media reports said Afghan President Ashraf Ghani had ousted the army chief of staff, amid a Taliban advance across the country.
Overthrow of the Chief of Staff
A Defense Ministry official said General Hebatullah Alizai had replaced General Wali Ahmadzai as the Afghan Army’s chief of staff. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the changes have not yet been made public.
Ghani’s decision was widely reported by local media. For days, Afghan government officials did not respond to repeated requests for comment.
Rich in Mazar-i-Sharif
With the progress of the Taliban, the Afghan president visited the city of Mazar-i-Sharif in the north of the country to provide support to his forces, and demanded to prevent the Taliban movement from controlling it.
Ghani inspected the general security situation in the northern region, and it is expected that he will hold talks with the strongman in Mazar-i Sharif Atta Muhammad Nour regarding the defense of the city.
Control 9 capitals
An Afghan lawmaker told AFP on Wednesday that the Taliban had captured the northern Afghan city of Faizabad, the ninth capital of a province controlled by the extremist insurgents, in less than a week.
The Taliban, which has been making rapid progress since the start of the withdrawal of foreign forces, now controls the capitals of nine out of the 34 provinces in Afghanistan, including seven of the nine state capitals in the north.
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