Fallen Without a Fight’: Taliban Captures Afghan Provincial Capital in Blow to Peace Efforts

A senior official confirmed on Friday that the Taliban had captured their first provincial capital since launching the offensive to coincide with the arrival of foreign troops, a senior official confirmed on Friday. Admittedly, this was a major psychological blow to a government desperate to protect numerous cities from insurgents. “The city of Zaranj, the capital of Nimroz province, has fallen to the Taliban,” deputy governor Roh Gul Khairzad told AFP. She said the city – in southwestern Afghanistan, near the Iranian border – had fallen “without a war”, and social media showed clips of insurgents roaming the streets. The street is cheered by the locals. The authenticity of the video cannot be immediately confirmed.