Taliban Recapture Regional Afghanistan Capital Following US Troop Withdrawal. Govt Spokesman Killed

The senior media officer in Kabul has been killed following advancements by the Taliban.

Following the withdrawal of US and UK forces, the Taliban have quickly advanced, and with that, any human rights progressions are at risk of collapse.

Speaking from Twitter, a spokesperson for the Taliban said they have “completely liberated” the province of ‘Nimruz’ and said the capital, Zaranj, had fallen.

UN envoy Deborah Lyons said: “Afghanistan is now at a dangerous turning point,” she said. “Ahead lies either a genuine peace negotiation or a tragically intertwined set of crises: an increasingly brutal conflict combined with an acute humanitarian situation and multiplying human rights abuses.”

Ms Lyons said “This is a different kind of war, reminiscent of Syria recently or Sarajevo in the not so distant past”. She has also reported that 1,000 casualties have been reported with more than 104 civilians have been killed, 403 wounded in the past 10 days in the Helmand province capital of Laskhar Gah.

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