A US drone strike in Kabul on Sunday caused civilian casualties, according to Afghan officials as well as the Taliban. CENTCOM spokesperson says the US is aware of reports of civilian casualties and is still investigating.
The Taliban in Afghanistan has sought to reassure the international community but UN rights officials are fearful for the safety of thousands of Afghans who have worked on human rights issues as well as women and girls.
Countries are trying to evacuate their citizens and personnel from Afghanistan as thousands of Afghans rush Hamid Karzai airport runway in a bid to catch any flight to flee the country after the Taliban entered the capital.
The speed of the Taliban offensive raises questions of how long the Afghan government forces can stop the militants from reaching Kabul.
The US has called for a ceasefire, accusing Taliban of potential war crimes, but the insurgents are now focused on capturing key provincial capitals after taking control of much of rural Afghanistan.
Herat city is Afghanistan's second provincial capital the Taliban have entered in the last 24 hours. Insurgents entered the capital of the southern province of Helmand a day earlier, and clashes are under way there.
Ankara has offered to deploy troops at Afghanistan's Kabul airport after NATO fully withdraws and has been in talks with the United States for several weeks.
The incident comes a day after the Afghanistan government said it repelled a Taliban assault on the key border crossing with Pakistan amid the militants' sweeping advance.
Thousands of Afghans have left behind escalating violence to seek shelter elsewhere in the country amid ongoing withdrawal of US and NATO troops.
The seizure of Nerkh district comes amid intensifying violence following an announcement by the group of a three-day ceasefire in Afghanistan for the Muslim religious holiday of Eid, starting this week.
Violence in the country has been rising sharply in recent weeks after the United States announced it would withdraw troops by September 11.
President Ashraf Ghani offers a share in power to Taliban, provided the militant group "gives up the war" as Afghanistan celebrates Victory Day to mark Mujahideen's overthrowing of Soviet-backed Kabul regime in 1992.
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