Fighting is raging around three major cities in the south and west of Afghanistan, as Afghan Taliban militants seek to seize them from government forces.
Herat, Lashkar Gah and Kandahar saw continued clashes on Sunday as the Afghan Taliban and Afghan Army continued their fighting.
The Taliban have made rapid rural gains since it was announced almost all foreign troops would go by September.
But the fate of these key cities could be crucial amid fears of a humanitarian crisis and how long government forces will be able to hold out.
insurgents were reportedly only a few hundred meters from the governor’s office on Saturday – but had been pushed back by nightfall.
Afghan and US airstrikes have reportedly targeted Taliban positions and government forces say they have killed dozens of militants.
One resident, Halim Karimi, told Agence France-Presse: “Neither the Taliban will have mercy on us, nor will the government stop bombing.”