Fighting is raging around three major cities in the south and west of Afghanistan, as Taliban militants seek to seize them from government forces.
Herat, Lashkar Gah and Kandahar saw continued clashes on Sunday. The Taliban have made rapid rural gains since it was announced almost all foreign troops would leave by September.
The fundamentalist Islamist militia is already thought to have captured up to half of all Afghanistan’s territory, including lucrative border crossings with Iran and Pakistan, but it has yet to take a provincial capital.
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