What next for Afghanistan as Taliban rise again? – News Vibe24

    What next for Afghanistan as Taliban rise again? - Times of India
    KABUL: Afghanistan is on a precipice and the nation’s security forces have almost collapsed after a Taliban attack that they could not stop.
    To add to its suffering, Washington has announced plans to evacuate its nationals in Kabul, a symbolic and symbolic end to the US presence after nearly two decades of conflict.
    With the Taliban in control of the vast majority of the country’s cities and rural areas and the Afghan security forces largely defeated, here are some questions and answers that may help explain the current situation:
    The Taliban never shied away from saying what they wanted – the complete resurrection of their Islamic Emirate that ruled from 1996 to 2001.
    Many analyzes and scratches have been devoted to exactly how they will achieve their goal – through speeches, brute force or a mixture of both.
    Eventually, their military strategy proved sufficient: to crush government forces with multifaceted attacks on targets across the country.
    To do so, they first had to take off their American boots — something they did by securing a deal with war-weary Washington and vowing not to hit American targets in exchange for their departure.
    Part of the deal also meant that Washington was pressuring the Afghan government to release thousands of Taliban prisoners – most of whom immediately rejoined the battle.
    With such breathtaking successes over the past eight days, the Taliban can be trusted to offer the government the opportunity of unconditional surrender.
    If Kabul backs down, expect the Taliban to push hard for the capital.
    Undoubtedly, books will be published and lectures will be given for years, if not decades, on this subject – what exactly went wrong with the Afghan security forces?
    Corruption, a lack of will to fight, and the vacuum created by the US withdrawal may have played a role in the eventual loss of the Afghan army.
    For years, the US government has been reporting on the enormous amount of corruption in the Afghan security forces.
    Commanders regularly pocketed money intended for their troops, sold weapons on the black market, and lied about the number of soldiers in their ranks.
    Afghan forces were also completely dependent on the US Air Force – from logistics to attacks, along with maintenance.
    And to make matters worse, the security forces have never had much in the way of effective leadership.
    They were mismanaged by citizens in the presidential palace with little military experience, or ignored by older generals who appeared more involved in micropolitical battles than in the larger war that had taken place.
    Commando units trained in the US were the hope, but in the end they were not enough to shoulder the entire struggle.
    The Taliban have the upper hand in all areas.
    The government now controls only three major cities and is unlikely to have the logistical workforce that will leave the marshal a successful defense of the capital.
    The Taliban are moving fast towards Kabul with reports suggesting that their fighters are advancing on the north and south sides of the capital.
    The United States and the international community are likely to be pressuring the Taliban and the Afghan government to reach some sort of agreement.
    But the Taliban eventually hold all the papers.

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