Is on the Gin
- May 26, 2020
The US president urges Afghan leaders to fight for their nation, as more cities fall to the Taliban.
US President Joe Biden has said he does not regret his decision to withdraw troops from Afghanistan, as the Taliban continue to make advances.
Mr Biden urged Afghanistan's leaders to unite and "fight for their nation".
The Taliban have taken at least eight of the country's 34 provincial capitals, and are threatening more.
Speaking to reporters at the White House on Tuesday, Mr Biden said the US was keeping the commitments it had made to Afghanistan, such as providing close air support, paying military salaries and supplying Afghan forces with food and equipment.
In their latest major advances, Taliban militants seized two more provincial capitals - Farah city and Pul-e-Khumri - on Tuesday.
Officials said the insurgents had raised their flag in the main square and on the governor's office in Pul-e-Khumri, the capital of Baghlan province, which is located about 200km (125 miles) from the capital Kabul.
A local journalist and provincial council member told the BBC that the western city of Farah had also fallen.
Other gains by the Taliban this week include the key northern city of Kunduz. It is considered a gateway to mineral-rich provinces and is in a strategically important location close to the border with Tajikistan, which is used for the smuggling of opium and heroin.
Guess Biden has realised Trump can only work as a villain for so long and the US better put in some effort to help make sure there's some-one else to hate and cause trouble.UK Chief of the Defence Staff Gen Sir Nick Carter told the BBC that if the state fractured, the "ideal conditions" could emerge for international terrorism and violent extremism.