RAMPAGING Taliban militants stormed TV and radio stations as they tightened their grip on a key Afghan metropolis as soon as residence to a British headquarters.
Terrified residents in Lashkar Gah, the capital of Helmand province, mentioned the insurgents had captured 9 out of ten city districts.
Afghan particular forces patrol a abandoned road throughout combating with Taliban fighters in Lashkar Gah, Helmand province[/caption]
It prompted calls in Britain for an inquiry into what went improper within the 20-year warfare.
Former International Secretary Lord Hague mentioned Afghanistan was doomed to face a civil warfare or be dominated by a Taliban authorities “that can have hyperlinks with al-Qaeda”.
The previous Tory chief mentioned “we now have to be taught some classes” from the botched £40billion marketing campaign which price 457 troopers’ lives.
The Taliban have seized greater than half the countryside since US President Biden ordered an abrupt withdrawal of troops, in opposition to the recommendation of British allies.
The battle for Lashkar Gah is the closest they’ve come to seizing a provincial capital.
Solely the governor’s compound, the jail and the police headquarters had been holding out final evening.
And the one supply of broadcast information was the Taliban’s Voice of Sharia radio after the militants shut down 4 TV and 14 native radio stations.
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Determined Afghan commanders had been compelled to make use of loud hailers to inform residents to flee town forward of a last-ditch mission anticipated to blitz complete neighbourhoods.
Common Sami Sadat, commander of Afghanistan’s UK-trained 215 Corps, vowed: “We won’t depart a single Taliban alive.”
Insurgents have additionally launched coordinated assaults in opposition to the cities of Kandahar and Herat.
Former Tory chief William Hague mentioned ‘we now have to be taught some lesson’ from the botched £40billion marketing campaign which price 457 troopers’ lives[/caption]