The Taliban Now Control Two-Thirds Of Afghanistan
As of Thursday morning, the Taliban now have control of 10 provincial capital cities — effectively putting them in control of two-thirds of Afghanistan.
NPR's Morning Edition spoke to Lynne O'Donnell, a journalist based in the capital of Kabul for Foreign Policy.
O'Donnell said things on the ground in Kabul "feel like a city under siege in a besieged country":
Conditions in the Taliban-controlled parts of the country are "brutal":
O'Donnell said there's a real fear that Kabul might be the next city to fall under Taliban control. In an interview Thursday with Morning Edition, Pentagon press secretary John Kirby said what's next for Kabul is up to Afghan forces.
"It doesn't have to be that way," Kirby said. "It really depends on the kind of political and military leadership that the Afghans can muster to turn this around."
Afghan forces just appointed a new army chief and a new head of the special operations command. O'Donnell said it's difficult to know now what will come from these appointments.
This story originally appear on the Morning Edition live blog.
You can hear the audio version of this conversation on Up First.
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