Violence flares in southern Afghanistan as Taliban approaches Kandahar

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    The Taliban is intensifying its offensive in the southern province of Kandahar.

    Heavy fighting between government forces and the Taliban is now only eight kilometres (five miles) away from Kandahar City, putting tens of thousands of Afghan lives at risk.

    According to government officials, at least 20,000 families have been displaced in Kandahar province since November.

    Al Jazeera’s Filio Kontrafouri reports from Kabul, Afghanistan.

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    Occupying 652,000 square kilometers (252,000 sq mi), it is a mountainous country with plains in the north and southwest. Kabul is the capital and largest city. The population is around 32 million, composed mostly of ethnic Pashtuns, Tajiks, Hazaras, and Uzbeks.

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