UPDATED 5:36 PM PT – Saturday, July 31, 2021
Afghan forces clashed with the Taliban as Islamist militants besieged three of the province’s key cities. Local Afghan government commanders said military reinforcements began arriving on Saturday as Taliban fighters entered parts of Herat, Kandahar and Lashkar Gah.
In Lashkar Gah, insurgents were reportedly only a few hundred meters from the governor’s office. A clinic has also been bombed, along with several homes destroyed.
Statement by National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan on Attack on United Nations Compound in Herat: The United States strongly condemns the attack on the United Nations compound in Herat, Afghanistan that resulted in the death of an Afghan guard. https://t.co/xb5Mi9Tjq1
— U.S. Embassy Kabul (@USEmbassyKabul) July 31, 2021
Afghan forces said the Taliban suffered significant casualties in the last two days. Insurgents have amped up the pressure on several cities in the recent weeks, while tens of thousands have been displaced.