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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

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.

The capture of Kandahar and Herat -- the country's second and third largest cities -- would represent the Taliban's two biggest military victories since they began a broad offensive in May.

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