Afghan war: Kabul’s young women plead for help as Taliban advance

War in Afghanistan: As the Taliban advance, Kabul girls seek help Every night, men and women from all over the city in horror sent me desperate messages asking for help. “Pray for us,” one said. “The situation is critical and we are very worried,” another said. Kabul is in a state of shock and disbelief. Last week, the Taliban have spread all over the country, occupying more than a dozen provincial capitals. With the fall of Kandahar and Herat, the insurgents are now setting their sights on the biggest prize in the entire capital. I have been reporting in Afghanistan for more than ten years. Over the years, I have spent time with journalists, judges, female parliamentarians, human rights activists and college students. Many people became good friends. They all said that we took risks because the Americans and their allies encouraged us to do so. For 20 years, the West has been inspiring, funding, and protecting a new generation of Afghans. They grew up in full use of freedom and opportunity.