The speed of the Taliban offensive raises questions of how long the Afghan government forces can stop the militants from reaching Kabul.
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.
The measure is expected to halt the advance of Taliban fighters who have seized dozens of districts in recent months.
Thousands of Afghans have left behind escalating violence to seek shelter elsewhere in the country amid ongoing withdrawal of US and NATO troops.
A ‘quiet’ meeting took place earlier this month as New Delhi tries to secure its investments in Afghanistan, says analyst.
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