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Afghanistan turmoil

Taliban captures Kandahar and Herat in latest Afghan victories

US and Britain send thousands of military troops to help evacuate embassies

Taliban fighters inside the city of Ghazni. The speed and violence of the Taliban offensive have sparked recriminations over President Joe Biden's decision to withdraw U.S. troops.   © AP

KABUL (Reuters) -- The Taliban claimed control over two of Afghanistan's biggest cities on Thursday, according to media reports, as the United States and Britain said they would send thousands of troops to help evacuate their embassy staff.

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