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Taliban approach Kabul's outskirts, Afghan President addresses the nation


Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Saturday said the country is in danger of instability. In a brief televised address, Ashraf Ghani said he was consulting with local leaders and international partners on the situation in the country.


The Afghan President also added that remobilisation of the armed forces was the top priority, even as the Taliban seized a province south of Afghanistan capital and launched a multi-pronged assault early Saturday.


Ghani gave no sign of responding to a Taliban demand that he resign for any talks on a ceasefire.


The Taliban have captured much of northern, western and southern Afghanistan and it is just 11 kilometres south of the capital, Kabul.


Afghan lawmaker says Taliban have captured Sharana, capital of Paktika province bordering Pakistan.


Some foreign embassies have begun to burn sensitive material ahead of evacuating, diplomats said.


The Taliban has released a video announcing the takeover of the main radio station in Kandahar, renaming it the Voice of Sharia, or Islamic law.


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