Afghanistan: Taliban gain control of 220 districts
In Afghanistan, the Taliban have taken control of 220 of 407 districts.
The new US in-charge of Afghan affairs, General Kenneth Mackenzie, has announced that the bombing has been intensified against the Taliban at the request of Afghan forces, while the Afghan army and the Taliban are fighting fiercely for control of Kandahar.
The Taliban say they have moved closer to Kabul and provincial capitals, while the Afghan government claims hundreds of Taliban have been killed in the clashes.
US B-52s and drones have been seen flying over Kandahar in Afghanistan’s Nangarhar province, and a hospital was destroyed in an Afghan Air Force attack in Helmand.
The Taliban have also seized the Nari border district with Pakistan after Ghaziabad in Kunar province.