Taliban forces are gaining momentum, pushing the Afghanistan government’s forces out of several districts and taking control of various weapons and military vehicles in the process, while the U.S. withdraws from the country.
Insurgents have taken 900 guns, 70 sniper rifles, and 65 vehicles, Sky News reported. While this happens, the Afghanistan government continues to lose territory, having already left seven districts as the Taliban assumes control.
So far, more than 1,000 members of Afghanistan’s military have fled the country, crossing over into Tajikistan, Reuters reported. This led Tajikistan President Emomali Rahmon to mobilize 20,000 military reservists to strengthen the border.
The deterioration of the situation on the ground and the resurgence of the Taliban comes nearly 20 years after the U.S. and international forces entered Afghanistan to oust the Taliban, which had harbored Usama bin Laden. President Biden’s plan is to fully withdraw from Afghanistan by Sept. 11, on the 20th anniversary of the Al Qaeda attacks on the U.S. planned by bin Laden that led to the lengthy war.
Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, lambasted Biden’s insistence on completing the withdrawal by Sept. 11, 2021, which is little over three months away, saying that it would lead to the Taliban taking more aggressive actions.
“We can’t ignore the reality on the ground in Afghanistan,” Ernst wrote in a Fox News op-ed. “Many of the threats that brought us there in the first place are spreading through the region.”
The Associated Press reported that the U.S. did not even tell Afghanistan when they were departing the Bagram Airfield. After controlling the space for roughly 20 years, American forces shut off the electricity and left at night without informing the base’s new Afghan commander, the AP reported.
Afghan military officials said looters came in and damaged the base before Afghanistan’s army could assume control.
Former President Trump’s plan would have had U.S. forces leave even sooner, as he had agreed to withdraw by May 1 of this year. Biden pushed that deadline off by several months.
Former assistant secretary of state Robert Charles, who served under President George W. Bush, told Fox News that if Trump had managed “to secure a peace accord that he was on track to secure,” the situation would be different now.
Charles called the current situation “a layered security failure,” pointing to the lack of American ability to keep terrorist organizations like Al Qaeda and ISIS at bay and the departure of an American carrier from the western Pacific, which he said allows China to enter and assume control of resources.
“It’s sort of a public relations disaster, a physical security disaster, and a foreign policy disaster,” Charles said.
18 thoughts on “Taliban Forces to Take Afghanistan?”
Biden and his cohorts had to know this was going to happen. Many Afgans will now die. All the lives lost in 20 years were wasted..
It is time for you lazy ass Republicans to get Biden and the Democrats out of the government of the United States of America before the destroy it forever. You jerks are all lawyers so get to work, if Dems can move fast on every non-sensicle issue you can move faster. Get going and quit with the Bull-Sh-t.
Hello! It goes both ways! Dems are just to blame also! Never in history has an outgoing president caused so much trouble And in history caused so much discontent. NO One wants to budge!! We should all be united and compromise and move forward but again, no one is willing to work with eachother.
Another Biden disaster–what’s next? He is unable to govern, let alone reply to foreign crises. Forty years in government taught him nothing. He cannot continue,and he knows it, but he has no out, and our country has no future with him as president. With the democrats in control of all branches of government, and no leader, depression appears apparent. Ready?
Charles should know, beiong a “diplomat”, that disasters often do not occur immediately. It takes time to mature, ripen and the fools who tell all that they know what they do not know, or care to know, then after the disater opens up fully, cite stupid reasons why it occurred. Rumsfeld told us along with Gen Myers on Oct 7 2001 that we are going in there with a broad objective which was to make sustained effort for those forces in the country who oppose Al Qaeda and the Taliban. The sustained efforts, never should have been taken seriously, resulted in the Taliban waiting to see US wrap up its yet another fully accomplished failed mission before it takes over. I hope Rummy, wherever he is, is sending memos to Charles and others on what to do now to further deepn the misery.
I wish, and iy is only a wish, the weak-kneed and bent-spine U.S> Congress fully investigate why our decade-plus efforts, with money and manpower, to train the Afghan National Army resulted in simply nothing. Many ANA members are surrendering to the Talibn, while some others are fleeing to Tajikstan. Why we the taxpayers should remain silent and not to get to know what haoppened to our money
Can thank pervert joe and the corrupt demorats for that! Weak.
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