Since foreign forces left Afghanistan in May, the Taliban have waged a massive military assault, seizing control of much of the country’s rural areas. However, the militants have been unable to take key cities for months until now. Insurgents have taken control of nine provincial capitals throughout the nation in the last six days, the most of them in the north, in a dramatic escalation of their military onslaught and a catastrophic defeat for the Afghan government. The Taliban’s quick gains have put tremendous strain on Afghan political authorities and the country’s battered security forces, which have been overwhelmed by the militants’ relentless march. The Taliban’s ascent to prominence in 1996 sparked worries that the rebels may encircle the country’s capital, Kabul, in a full-scale military conquest. The Afghan government must now decide whether to reorganise its forces around the area it controls, including Kabul, or to attempt to recapture the places it has lost.
Taliban To Control Almost Entire Afghanistan.
According to some estimates, the Taliban have taken control of more than half of Afghanistan’s 400 districts since their military onslaught began in May. For the first time in the 20-year conflict, militants have begun besieging multiple provincial capitals at the same time after sweeping over most of Afghanistan’s countryside. Then, on Friday, the front lines were broken: the Taliban took Zaranj, a provincial capital on the Iranian border, after encountering minimal resistance from Afghan security troops. They took Sheberghan, the northern bastion of the warlord Marshal Abdul Rashid Dostum, whose militia troops were overwhelmed, a day later. Taliban fighters captured three more northern capitals on Sunday. They took Taliqan, the capital of Takhar Province, as well as Sar-i-Pul, the seat of the same province. They also took Kunduz, the group’s largest city to date and a major commercial hub that it has long sought as a strategic and symbolic victory. On Monday, the Taliban resumed their unrelenting assault, taking control of Aybak, the capital of Samangan Province, which is located on the key route linking Kabul to Afghanistan’s northern regions. Then, on Tuesday, rebels took control of three additional capitals: Farah, the capital of the same-named western province; Pul-i-Khumri, the capital of northern Baghlan Province; and Faizabad, the seat of isolated and rocky Badakhshan Province in the country’s extreme northeast. Afghan security forces were overwhelmed by the simultaneous sieges on provincial centres, which stretched military resources perilously thin. The government’s resupply lines have been disrupted. Even more shut off and isolated are the cities and areas still under government authority. The harsh operation has left Afghan security troops weary.
How much time do Afghanistan have?
It seems to be a matter of a few days. It appears that President Ashraf Ghani will have to acknowledge their loss at some point, since several government officials have already fled the nation, embracing Taliban total rule of Afghanistan. According to reports, the Taliban might seize control of Kabul as soon as today. The Taliban claim that they have no plans to capture Kabul by force, and that all they seek is a peaceful transfer of power. People in Afghanistan have suffered greatly as a result of this uncomfortable situation, and it appears that the nation may soon be engulfed in a devastating civil war.