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Timeline: the Taliban’s sweeping offensive in Afghanistan

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Kabul (AFP) – The Taliban have entered  Afghanistan’s capital Kabul and taken over the presidential palace, capping a sweeping military campaign as US-led foreign forces pull out of the country. Here is a look at the lightning offensive that began in May: Fierce fightingIn early May, NATO begins a final withdrawal of its mission in Afghanistan involving 9,600 soldiers — 2,500 of them American. Intense fighting soon breaks out between the Taliban and government forces in the southern province of Helmand. A bomb blast outside a girls’ school on May 8 in Kabul kills 85, mostly pupils. The deadli…

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