The Taliban has toppled six provincial capitals in the past 24 hours which brings the total number of provinces fallen to the fighters to 18.

Centers of Kandahar, Helmand, Herat, Badghis, Ghor, Logar, Zabul, and Oruzgan provinces fell to the Taliban in the past 24 hours.

Apart from the aforementioned provinces, there are also other provinces like Paktia and Wardak where the Afghan government forces only control the provincial capitals and the Taliban are controlling the rest of the geography.

In Herat province, former Jihadi leader Ismail Khan, deputy interior minister Abdurahman Rahman, Governor Abdulsabor Qani, commander of Afghan National Army Zafar corps and head of National Directorate of Security local office surrendered to the Taliban.

Logar province, only two hours from the Afghan Presidential Palace also witnessed heavy conflict between the Taliban and ANDSF in the capital Pol-e-Alam. Videos captured by local people in the province show that the central prison has been broken and tens of prisoners fleeing the jail bu Afghan government is yet to comment about the prison and collapse of the province.

Meanwhile, the governor of Oruzgan province-fallen to the Taliban- said that the people asked him not to persist so that the people are not killed and the city is not damaged.

The surrender of high-ranking officials and a Jihadi leader comes a day after the provincial governor of Ghazni province handed over the province to the Taliban and was escorted by the fighters who were then arrested by the Afghan government in Wardak province on his way to Kabul.

The skyrocketed rise in the gains of the Taliban is at a time when the head of High Council for National Reconciliation Abdullah Abdullah arrived in Kabul from Doha and is due to hold a meeting with politicians.


  • Najibullah Lalzoy is a journalist and editor at Khaama Press. He has a BA degree in journalism.