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Taliban capture 18 provinces; Afghan president to address nation amid calls for resignation

With the Taliban taking over 18 provincial capitals, there are reports that the President of Afghanistan, Ashraf Wan, is likely to resign. 

The President of Afghanistan is likely to address the nation on Friday or Saturday. (Photo: Reuters)

The Taliban have so far taken control over 18 provincial capitals across Afghanistan. Amid all the chaos, there are reports that President of Afghanistan, Ashraf Ghani, may resign, which has been one of the demands of the Taliban as well as of Pakistan.

Sources said that the President of Afghanistan, Ashraf Ghani, is likely to address the country on Friday or Saturday to inform them about the fate of its government. The meeting will most likely be about how the transition might take place.

The Taliban have managed to take over provincial capitals such as Qalat, Terenkot, Pul-e Alam, Feruz Koh, Qala-e Naw and Lashkar Gah hours after capturing Herat and Kandahar cities.

An official mentioned that the Taliban had managed to capture the provincial capital of the western province of Ghor. The head of the provincial council had mentioned that the city of Feroz Koh had fallen to the insurgents on Friday.

The lightning advance by the Taliban comes weeks before the US is set to withdraw its last remaining forces from the country.

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