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Taliban Conquers Two More Major Cities

Armed men attend a gathering to announce their support for Afghan security forces and that they are ready to fight against the Taliban on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan, June 23, 2021. (Stringer/Reuters)

The Taliban conquered the second and third largest cities in Afghanistan, Kandahar and Herat, on Friday as part of a major offensive on the heels of the U.S. withdrawal.

The assault on Kandahar carried symbolic weight because it is the birthplace of the Taliban, from where founder Mullah Omar began conquering Afghanistan in the 1990s. Taliban militants now control over half of Afghanistan’s territory, according to the Foundation for Defense of Democracy’s Long War Journal.

“The U.S.-backed Afghan military has been no match for Taliban fighters who are taking advantage of the vacuum left by the U.S. troop withdrawal,” CBS News correspondent Roxana Saberi said. “With stunning speed, Taliban fighters are sweeping across Afghanistan.”

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Zachary Evans is a news writer for National Review Online. He is a veteran of the Israeli Defense Forces and a trained violist.




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