The Afghan Interior Minister said that the Taliban has surrounded Kabul from all sides but are on hold over peaceful transition negotiations.
The Taliban had captured the main city of Jalalabad in eastern Afghanistan without a fight, hours after seizing Mazar-i-Sharif, which was the last government stronghold in the north of the country .
Officials said that the Taliban took control of the main city of Jalalabad in eastern Afghanistan on Sunday without a fight, thus securing the roads linking the country to Pakistan.
“There are no clashes currently in Jalalabad because the governor surrendered to the Taliban,” said an Afghan official in Jalalabad. “Opening the way for Taliban passage was the only way to save civilian lives.”
A Western security official also confirmed the fall of the city, which was one of the few major areas adjacent to the capital, Kabul, controlled by the government.
A local official had said that Taliban fighters had captured the northern Afghan city of Mazar-i-Sharif, which was the last stronghold of the Afghan government in the north, with security forces fleeing to Uzbekistan border while advancing rapidly without resistance to the capital, Kabul.