As Taliban militants march in Afghanistan, a curfew has been enforced
On Saturday, the Afghan government imposed a month-long curfew throughout nearly the entire country in an attempt to prevent the Taliban from entering cities. As international troops leave Afghanistan, fighting between the Taliban and Afghan government forces has intensified in recent months. The terrorist group is believed to have taken control of up to half of the country.
The Taliban has made quick gains since US troops withdrew, retaking border crossings and rural regions. There are fears that, as the peace talks drag on, the focus of combat will shift to more densely populated metropolitan areas. As a result, a top American commander has stated that airstrikes in support of Afghan troops will continue.
Except in Kabul and two other regions, the curfew prohibits any movement from 22:00 to 04:00 (17:30-23:30 GMT). The new curfew was imposed "to reduce violence and limit Taliban movements," according to the interior ministry, with Kabul, Panjshir, and Nangarhar being exempt. As the Taliban continues to advance, deadly confrontations have erupted outside Kandahar this week.