Flights from Kandahar airport were cancelled when rockets hit the runway, an official said, as the Taliban pressed on with their sweeping offensive across the country.
During the first half of 2021, some 1,659 civilians were killed and another 3,254 wounded – a 47 percent increase compared with the same period last year, a UNAMA report said.
Hasty US goodbye left Afghan military logistically unprepared for Taliban onslaught, says Ata Mohammad Noor, who is among those behind latest bid to halt Taliban advances by creating more militias.
Hundreds of Afghan soldiers cross over to Tajikistan as Taliban fighters capture more territory across Afghanistan's rural areas, including a key Kandahar district, in fresh fighting.
A suicide bomber in the capital Kabul and an attack in northern Baghlan province killed around 70 people on Wednesday. Those assaults came as a battle in strategic Ghazni wound down after the Taliban withdrew with hundreds killed on both sides.
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