December 7, 2001 – The Fall of Kandahar took place in 2001 during the War in Afghanistan. After the fall of Mazar-i-Sharif, Kabul and Herat, Kandahar was the last major city under Taliban control. Kandahar was where the Taliban movement had originated and where its power base was located, so it was assumed that capturing Kandahar would be difficult. The city fell after several weeks of fighting to a force of local militia under Pashtun military commanders and their American advisers. On December 7, Sharzai’s men began their assault on Kandahar’s airport, but met little resistance. They discovered that the Taliban had already surrendered the city to Karzai’s forces. Sharzai’s men entered the city and Sharzai was declared governor of Kandahar. Karzai had already been declared president of Afghanistan The fall of Kandahar signaled the end of organized Taliban control of Afghanistan.
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