Afghan officials say the Taliban have taken another provincial capital, the southern city of Kandahar in the province with the same name.
It's the twelfth provincial capital out of Afghanistan's 34 that the insurgents have taken in their weeklong blitz that swept over much of the country. Kandahar is also the second-largest city in the entre country.
The officials said Kandahar fell on Thursday night and that government officials and their entourage managed to flee to the airport to escape the city by air.
Additional reporting by The Associated Press.