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U.N. warns any fighting in Kabul would be ‘catastrophic’ for civilians

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By Michelle Nichols NEW YORK (Reuters) – The United Nations said on Thursday it is particularly concerned about a shift in fighting in Afghanistan to urban areas, warning that if a Taliban offensive reaches the capital Kabul it would have a “catastrophic impact on civilians.” The Taliban claimed control over the third largest city, Herat, on Thursday and appeared close to capturing Kandahar, the second largest city and the spiritual home of the Taliban, which now control about two-thirds of Afghanistan. “It is clear that urban fighting in the city of the size of Kabul would have catastrophic i…

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