On Friday, Afghanistan’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Ghulam Isaczai told the UN Security Council that the scale and scope of the ongoing Taliban* offensive in the country “are akin to an invasion unparalleled in the last 30 years of the conflict”.
Taliban militants have been captured on videos appearing to show them riding in US-made Humvee vehicles after seizing the city of Zaranj, the capital of Afghanistan’s southwestern Nimroz Province.
In the videos shared on social media, the insurgents are seen parading in the captured Humvees, with the terrorist group’s flags spotted being installed on the rooftop of the military vehicles.
The footage was posted after local police said on Friday that the Taliban took control of Zaranj’s airport and the provincial administration building. The city is the first Afghan provincial capital that the terrorist group has managed to capture since 2016.
In a separate development on Friday, the Taliban reportedly seized the city of Shabarghan, the provincial capital of Jowzjan.
The development came as Afghan Ambassador to the UN Ghulam Isaczai said that Kabul expects the UN Security Council to take immediate action to deter further human rights violations committed by the Taliban in the country.
Also on Friday, US Senior Adviser for Special Political Affairs Jeffrey DeLaurentis emphasised that Taliban militants “must hear from the international community that we will not accept a military takeover of Afghanistan, or…