Afghan fighting
Private militia loyal to Ismail Khan, the former Mujahideen commander, patrols after security forces took back control of parts of Herat city following fighting between Taliban and Afghan security forces in Herat province, west of Kabul, Afghanistan, Friday, Aug. 6, 2021. Image Credit: AP

Kabul: The Taliban Saturday captured Sheberghan city in Jawzjan, the deputy governor said, the second provincial capital to fall to the insurgents in less than 24 hours.

"The (government) forces and officials have retreated to the airport," Jawzjan deputy governor Qader Malia told AFP.

The Taliban besieged a host of cities for weeks, and the fall of Zaranj, the provincial capital of Nimroz province on the Afghanistan-Iran border, was the Taliban's first breakthrough.