Taliban launch first assault on a provincial capital, with more government forces surrendering overnight as Afghanistan's collapse since NATO withdrawal continues | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

Taliban launch first assault on a provincial capital, with more government forces surrendering overnight as Afghanistan's collapse since NATO withdrawal continues

The Taliban on Wednesday launched their first assault on a provincial capital in Afghanistan, since waging a major offensive against government forces, local officials said.

Fierce fighting has erupted in the western city of Qala-i-Naw, the capital of Badghis, after the militants captured all the surrounding districts of the province.

'The enemy has entered the city, all the districts have fallen. The fighting has started inside the city,' Badghis governor Hessamuddin Shams told reporters in a text message. He was later seen taking up arms to defend the city, a BBC Persia journalist reported.

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