Taliban capture Afghanistan’s second biggest city of Kandahar

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The Taliban have captured Afghanistan’s second biggest city of Kandahar, officials said on Friday, in the most significant setback for the US-backed government since the insurgents launched a new offensive as US forces withdraw.

“Following heavy clashes late last night the Taliban took control of Kandahar city,” a local government official told Reuters after the militants announced they had taken it.

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Government forces were still in control of Kandahar’s airport, which was the US military’s second biggest base in Afghanistan during their 20-year mission.

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