woThe state of affairs in Afghanistan continued to deteriorate as Taliban insurgents gained management of about half of the district’s centres, a number of information companies reported. Afghan native authorities within the northern province stated on Wednesday that the Taliban are forcing the native individuals who stay in areas underneath the group’s management in Balkh province to pay them a part of their revenue. They are additionally recruiting locals forcefully, native media reported.

“There are only about 20 Taliban fighters inside the district building compound and the police headquarters; the rest of them have taken up positions inside the villages to collect Zakat (charity),” Mohammad Yousuf, the appearing district governor of Kaldar district, was reported saying by the information company ANI.

The variety of Taliban fighters within the district is about 200 fighters, however they need to recruit extra fighters from among the many individuals, native media stated in its report.

The Taliban has additionally imposed taxes on the retailers and native markets, which locals say that it “beyond their capacity” to pay. In case one fails to pay the cash that the Taliban is harassing them, ANI reported quoting Mohammad Hashem Mansoori, a District Governor for Shortepa district in Balkh province.

Due to this, enterprise exercise within the area has additionally been affected, it additionally reported. “The people have serious concerns, the business owners are very fearful because of the businesses,” stated Sifatullah, a resident in Hairatan, as per ANI.

Meanwhile, safety forces have assured them that they’re totally ready to defend the Afghan individuals and stated that they may quickly launch an “offensive” towards the Taliban. “The morale of our forces is very high; they are fully prepared and have the strength to defend the city. Soon we will launch our offensive operations,” stated Khanullah Shuja, the commander of 209 Shaheen Army Corps.

Insecurity has been rising in Afghanistan in current weeks, largely spurred by combating in its provinces as US-led overseas troops full their withdrawal and the Taliban launch main offensives, taking districts and border crossings.

More than 200 of the 419 district centres have been underneath Taliban management as of this week, General Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, had knowledgeable the media on Wednesday. While the rebel group had not taken over any provincial capitals, they have been placing strain on the outskirts of half of them.

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