Taliban capture Afghanistan’s Jalalabad, cut off Kabul from east

Taliban capture of Jalalabad effectively leaves Kabul as the last major urban area under government control.

The Taliban have taken control of the key eastern city of Jalalabad without a fight, securing the roads connecting Afghanistan to Pakistan, officials said.

The fall of Jalalabad early on Sunday effectively leaves the capital Kabul as the last major urban area under government control.

It followed the Taliban’s seizure of the major northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif.

The Taliban posted photos online showing them in the governor’s office in Jalalabad, the capital of Nangarhar province.

Abrarullah Murad, a legislator from the province told The Associated Press news agency that the armed group seized Jalalabad after elders negotiated the fall of the government there.

Another Jalalabad-based Afghan official told Reuters that there were no clashes in the city “because the governor has surrendered to the Taliban”.

“Allowing passage to the Taliban was the only way to save civilian lives,” the official added.

A western security official also confirmed the fall of the city, one of the last besides the capital Kabul to remain under government control.

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