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Taliban now control almost half of Afghan districts: US general


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Washington| A top US general said the Taliban militant group now controls a total of 212 districts, or nearly half of Afghanistan’s 419 district centres. “There is a possibility of a full Taliban takeover, or any other scenario,” Xinhua news agency quoted the chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Mark Milley, at a news conference at the Pentagon on Wednesday.

“I don’t think the final game has just been played. A negative result, a Taliban automatic takeover, is not a foregone conclusion.”

Milley said terrorists have not yet captured any of the country’s 34 provincial capitals, but they are pressuring half of them.

He said Afghan security forces were strengthening their positions to protect major urban centers, including those in Kabul.

“We’re going to find out whether the level of violence, whether it increases, or it stays the same, is still there the possibility of a negotiated outcome.”

Heavy fighting has erupted between the Taliban and security forces since the start of the US-led withdrawal from the war-torn country on May 1.

US Central Command said last week that more than 95 percent of the evacuation of American troops had been completed.

According to the Pentagon, more than 2,400 American soldiers have been killed and 20,000 wounded in Afghanistan over the past two decades.

An estimated 66,000 Afghan soldiers have been killed, and more than 2.7 million displaced.

–IANS

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