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Afghan government seeks to hold capital as Taliban extend capture of cities

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KABUL (Reuters) – The territory controlled by the crumbling Afghan government shrank to little more than Kabul on Sunday after the Taliban captured the major northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif while the United States sent more troops to help evacuate its civilians. The hardline militants have swept through the country in recent weeks as U.S.-led forces withdrew. The Taliban campaign accelerated to lightning speed in the last week, shocking Western countries, and the Afghan military’s defences appeared to collapse. Kabul and Jalalabad, in eastern Afghanistan, are now the only big cities not in Tal…

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