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The Taliban’s gains appear to be nearing critical mass in their successful operations against the Afghan security forces.
Currently, most areas of Kunduz, Sar-e Pul, Takhar, Ghazni, Kandahar and Helmand provinces have been captured by the Taliban and Afghan Army bases have been besieged.
Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said the group’s militants would not attack provincial capitals until September 11, because of its adherence to the Doha Agreement. All would be fair game after that.
Ample footage is available online, showing the Taliban attacking Kandahar city, as well as various other locations.
Most of the key border crossings and districts are almost entirely under the group’s control.
This is significant due to the fact that many Afghan soldiers are attempting to run across the border. Early July videos from the province of Faryab showed the executions of surrendered Afghan soldiers.
Most recently, on July 12th, the Taliban seized the Saigan district of the Afghan province of Bamiyan. A checkpoint with weapons fell into the hands of the group. Afghan soldiers allegedly surrendered.
Just a day earlier, the Taliban reportedly destroyed two helicopters at Kunduz Airport as a result of an infiltration operation.
The Afghan Ministry of Defense continues releasing numbers of Taliban casualties, attempting to make them seem as if the government forces have the upper hand. 271 Taliban militants were killed and 162 were wounded as a result of Afghan Army operations in a dozen districts over the 24 hours between July 11th and 12th. And still, the Afghan security forces are heavily on the back foot and are scrambling to present any form of opposition.
Meanwhile, the Taliban are guaranteeing that their victory will not be spoiled.
On July 8th, the Taliban delegation visited Moscow. As a result, the group claimed that the territory under their control would not be used in the interests of any third party. They would also fight ISIS, would not attack neighboring countries and would allegedly share power with other members of Afghanistan’s society.
It is not a far-fetched prediction that the Afghan armed forces currently have between a month and three months left before the Taliban consolidates its control over most, if not all of the country.No quarter is being given, and most key districts are either being captured or besieged.
The United States with its withdrawal has likely opened a Pandora’s Box in the “Graveyard of Empires” and Afghanistan’s citizens will live through a massive humanitarian crisis.