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Taliban capture first Afghan provincial capital in blow to government

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Taliban capture first Afghan provincial capital in blow to government

Afghan safety personnel on Wednesday inspect the save of a automobile bomb explosion in KabulSource:AFP

Early Newspaper

The Taliban on Friday captured their first provincial capital since launching an offensive to coincide with the departure of international troops, a fundamental blow to an Afghan government desperately trying to push support the insurgents.

The Taliban already control huge portions of the countryside, and are actually challenging government forces in provincial capitals including Herat, advance the western border with Iran, and Laskhar Gah and Kandahar in the south.

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Taliban capture first Afghan provincial capital in blow to government