Taliban seize control over Afghanistan’s north | DW News

The Taliban have overrun the northern provincial capital of Kunduz as their offensive continues. It is a major blow for Afghan forces and it is not the only city where fierce fighting is taking place.

The Taliban’s political spokesperson Mohammad Naim told Al-Jazeera TV on Sunday that the radical Islamist group had no ceasefire agreement with the Afghan government and warned the US against further intervention. He also blamed the government for the fighting, calling them the aggressors and claimed the Taliban’s attacks were a response.

Adam Weinstein, research fellow at the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft, told DW that he does not think it is inevitable that the Taliban take over the whole country, but the Afghan government will have to change its strategy. Weinstein was not sure that the Biden administration would be willing to accept the risk associated with continued support for the Afghan government which may mean the end of US airstrikes against the Taliban.
He also believes that the peace talks are no longer viable, but that better resistance from the Afghan army and pressure from other regional actors could force the Taliban to the negotiation table.

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