UPDATED 4:52 PM PT – Sunday, August 1, 2021
Afghanistan has seen a rise in violence on the ground as fighting intensified between government forces and terror group Taliban. According to Afghan officials, the security situation has become critical across the country.
Officials reported Taliban forces made advancements towards at least three provincial capitals. Kabul has asked the U.S. to increase aerial support to its forces, who have been fighting Taliban in the provinces of Herat, Helmand and Kandahar.
“In three provinces the security situation is critical, especially in Lashkar Gah. The enemy has some movements,” explained Gen. Ajmal Omar Shinwari of the Afghan military. “Security and defensive forces are planning to intercept the enemy’s movements first, then build defensive lines and later launch offensive operations.”
U.S. military officials said they were ready to provide all necessary support to help Afghan troops hold ground. However, Taliban’s advances have continued.
These leaders also declared their full support for Afghan Security and Defense Forces (ANDSF) in the presence of the country’s security leadership. While stressing the urgency for peace, all agreed that defending Afghanistan is our fundamental right. pic.twitter.com/GGWJUpQCKC
— Ashraf Ghani (@ashrafghani) July 31, 2021