Taliban seizes 18th Afghan city as UK warns of civil war:

The Taliban armed group has captured the provincial capitals, Qalat, Terenkot, Pul-e Alam, Feruz Koh, Qala-e Naw and Lashkar Gah, hours after capturing Herat and Kandahar cities.

It so far has control over 18 provincial capitals across Afghanistan.

Afghanistan is tipping towards civil war and the West must understand that the Taliban is not a single entity but a title for a myriad of competing interests, the United Kingdom’s defence minister says.

“Britain found that out in the 1830s, that it is a country led by warlords and led by different provinces and tribes, and you end up, if you’re not very careful in a civil war, and I think we are heading towards a civil war,” Defence Secretary Ben Wallace tells the BBC.

“The Taliban is not entirely a single entity, they break down underneath the title into all sorts of different interests,” Wallace said.

France’s foreign ministry has reiterated a call for French citizens to leave Afghanistan as soon as possible.

“In light of the deteriorating security situation, we again called on French citizens last week to leave the country as soon as possible,” it said in a statement in response to a written question about whether France planned to evacuate its embassy and its citizens from the country.

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