Helicopters Land at US Embassy in Kabul Amid Taliban Advance

On Sunday, the Taliban occupied the last major city outside Kabul controlled by the country’s increasingly isolated central government, and the eastern capital of the country was cut off as helicopters began to land at the US embassy there. Jalalabad, near a major border crossing with Pakistan, collapsed, and the central government of Afghanistan only controlled Kabul and the other seven of the country’s 34 provincial capitals. In a national offensive that lasted more than a week, the Taliban defeated, wooed or dispatched Afghan security forces to flee large areas of the country, even with some U.S. air support.