The rebels seized control of the city, the capital of Nangarhar province, without a fight, after capturing another major city, North Mazar-e-Sharif, without any resistance, Al Jazeera Network reported.
Provincial officials say Afghan security forces have fled the highway 80 kilometers north of neighboring Uzbekistan.
The fall of Jalalabad Taliban militants have taken control of the roads connecting Afghanistan with Pakistan.
The rebels already control 23 of the country’s 34 provinces, with the exception of Jalalabad, where they have recently captured the capitals of Paktika, Bagtia, Kunar, Faryab, Balj, Lakhman and Taikondi.
Meanwhile, US President Joe Biden has approved the deployment of 5,000 troops to evacuate US ambassadors and other civilians, 2,000 more than initially approved by the White House.
Many experts and analysts point out that the Taliban attack reflects the decline of Afghan government forces and the military defeat of the United States, leaving this Central Asian country in worse shape than it was in October 2001, when Washington began its invasion of the country.
In the Crusades Against Terror, the United States began its war in Afghanistan after the September 11 attacks on the Twin Towers in New York.
According to UN figures, nearly 360,000 Afghans have been displaced by the conflict this year alone, bringing the total to millions of refugees and more than 150,000 civilians, and many more injured since the beginning of the conflict.
The current rebel offensive reflects the decline of Afghan forces and the military defeat of the United States, which spent billions of dollars annually on U.S. taxpayers during the two-decade invasion.
Over 20 years of hostility, 3,000 American soldiers were killed and 30,000 wounded.
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