'Doesn't regret withdrawing troops': Joe Biden after two more cities under Taliban in Afghanistan
Biden said they would continue to support the Afghan security forces with airstrikes, food, equipment, and salaries. The president spoke to the press after the Taliban had won control of Farah city and Pul-e-Khumri in Baghlan.
In a recent development, the Taliban has seized two more Afghan cities --- including one near Kabul, and the residents across the country have fled their homes in the north. Now, with eight provincial capitals under insurgents' rule, the United States president Joe Biden gave no hint of delaying his deadline to withdraw all American troops by August end and urged Afghan leaders to come together and fight for their rights and themselves.
Speaking to the media, Biden said that he does not regret withdrawing the US troops after two decades of war. He said they would continue to support the Afghan security forces with airstrikes, food, equipment, and salaries. The president spoke to the press after the Taliban had won control of Farah city and Pul-e-Khumriin Baghlan.
As per the media reports, Baghlan MP Ahmadzai informed that the Taliban were in the city, and they have raised their flag at the main square and on the governor's building.
The Taliban, meanwhile, confirmed their seizure in separate tweets.
Since Friday, six of the other provincial capitals have fallen under the Taliban's rule. It is now believed that the insurgents are setting their sights on Mazar-i-Sharif, the region's biggest city. The fall of Mazar would signal the total collapse of government control in the traditionally anti-Taliban north.
On Tuesday, the threat to Mazar-i-Sharif grew after the Taliban captured Sheberghan to its west and Kunduz and Taloqan to the east. The Indian consulate in Mazar called on its nationals to board a "special flight" scheduled for later in the day.