Taliban muster for mass attack on Kandahar city
The Times says the Taliban have massed on the outskirts of Kandahar in preparation for an all-out assault to recapture a city that was once the movement’s capital and spiritual home.
The militants have infiltrated the suburbs of Afghanistan’s second city, with heavy fighting reported in southern and western neighbourhoods.
“Fighting has intensified, the Taliban are so close and the situation is so bad,” Abduljalil Amin, head of the local peace and development committee, told The Times from inside Kandahar. “The Taliban front line is strong. Last night there were seven airstrikes to push them back. There is no Eid celebration here. People are fleeing to other provinces, but many are trapped in their homes and lack access to food and water.”
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