Update on Taliban advances

⚪️White = Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (“Taliban” control)

🔴Red = Islamic Republic of Afghanistan (Afghan National Army control)

Important to note that there is a land vs population disparity. Sparsely populated rural areas.

-Taliban has taken more than 50 districts, U.N. envoy says

-Urges U.N. Security Council to push for peace talks

-Warns insecurity could affect countries ‘near and far’

The United Nations’ envoy for Afghanistan said the Taliban had taken more than 50 of 370 districts and was positioned to take control of provincial capitals.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said the group’s leadership had asked fighters to return after they reached the entrance of Mazar-i-Sharif as their top leadership did not want to seize provinces until all U.S. forces had left.

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