Afghanistan || Taliban Take Another Afghan District
In Afghanistan, Doab district fell to the Taliban. It is the seventh territory the Islamists have conquered since the international withdrawal of troops began.
Another district in Afghanistan fell to the militant Islamist Taliban. Local authorities confirmed that the Doab district in the eastern Afghan province of Nuristan was handed over to the Taliban without a fight. This means that at least three districts have fallen to the Islamists since Thursday night.
Doab had previously been besieged by the Taliban for at least 20 days , said Ismail Atikan MP from Nuristan. The security forces there could not have been supplied with either food or ammunition. Because of this, they would have been forced to leave the district. Through the mediation of the elders in the district, the withdrawal of the army and police units as well as the district administration had been agreed. The Taliban had previously promised not to attack them.
With the representatives of the Doab authorities, the district authorities of the neighboring district of Mandol also left Doab. They had moved there after Mandol had earlier fallen to the Taliban. Parliamentarian Ismail Atikan warned that the Nurgram district could also fall to the Islamists in the near future. This is also besieged.
Fears of an increase in Taliban attacks after NATO withdrawal
Only on Friday, according to military sources, at least 20 people were killed in an air strike by the Afghan army on Taliban fighters. The military said there were some civilians among them . The Taliban were hit in the Nahr Saraj district of Helmand province when they looted weapons and ammunition from an abandoned army base. The civilians killed took part in the looting. The Taliban announced that they had overrun the base. According to a statement by the Islamists, 30 people died, all of whom were civilians.
Experts feared an increase in Taliban attacks with the start of the withdrawal of US and other NATO troops such as the German armed forces . It is unclear how much the international troops are currently supporting the government’s security forces. Since the official US and NATO withdrawal began on May 1, at least seven districts have fallen to the Taliban.
On Thursday night Schenkai fell to the Islamists in the southern Afghan province of Sabul after about a week of fighting. Also in the south of the country, the district center of Gisab in Urusgan province came under the control of the Taliban on Friday. In addition, ten people died in two attacks in the capital Kabul last week . The US and NATO troop withdrawal should be completed by September 11th at the latest.
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The international coalition has not been able to weaken or crush the Taliban in twenty years. The withdrawal is an admission of their own defeat; the Taliban are reaping the fruits of their triumph. The Russians were mocked when they left Afghanistan, it proves to be a confirmation that if you ignore history, you will repeat it!
The troop withdrawal there was a catastrophe, but one that could and probably was foreseen. For which missions were the withdrawn troops planned? Are there any plans we don’t know about yet?
Not with the current corrupt leaders of various militias. No one will line up behind any criminals and risk their lives if you know that these leaders are only concerned with their own power and nothing else.
The new US administration is taking revenge for having unilaterally canceled the old administration’s withdrawal promises in order to be able to stay a few months longer in the country. Historically, it has always been a serious mistake to unilaterally change commitments in Afghanistan, in the Pashtun tribal area. British officers from the 19th century could tell a thing or two about it if they made it out for life. After all, a grocer there had unilaterally cut the payments for safe transfers through the area.
Afghanistan is like Vietnam, only longer. It was pointless, it only caused suffering and, after 20 years, only knows the Taliban as victor. Which asymmetrical war has ever been won by overwhelming odds?
The Talibans will retake everything. Nobody is against it. This whole billion-dollar chaos of the military from outside has shown once again that even the highly armed armies had nothing to oppose the Talibans. The West should one day subject its defense tactics to an urgent revision. The Afghan government and the whole system was and is corrupt from top to bottom and has continuously harassed the common people.
The Afghan secret service has also murdered many dignitaries and civil activists. It’s an open secret. The air strikes as well as the so-called night raids, which repeatedly cost the lives of civilians, have made any remnants of sympathy disappear. Afghans — and this is now a rough generalization — hate injustice or oppression.
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No country can be built with corruption. The Americans knew exactly about the corruption and indirectly promoted it through massive aid funds that did not end up in their pockets. It has acted strategically by providing individual commanders and militia leaders with money and weapons instead of ensuring that corruption is combated.
The Taliban should not only have been fought with weapons, but also with propaganda. However, a corrupt system cannot advertise itself well.
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A result that was predictable from the start. The Taliban are (unfortunately) the moral winners of the last 20 years in Afghanistan. Like the Viet Cong, no military power, no matter how highly armed, was able to break down. Not least because they could always rely on the support of parts of the population. That in turn was likely to have been due to the appearance of the US military in many small villages. A little more intercultural competence would not have hurt here.
In the end, one was even forced to recognize the Taliban as a negotiating partner.
You could have saved yourself all that. It was not without reason that the Russians withdrew from Afghanistan. The West could have learned from this. But he doesn’t. The result is a failed state.
If that happens now, when the Afghan army still has pretty muscular support from the Americans, you can imagine how fast it will go once the Americans have withdrawn. Pakistan is not leaving. There is only something to laugh about again when Pakistan realizes that its Pashtun useful idiots are neither useful nor idiots. The Afghans will not be able to laugh along. Where should Pakistan move to? And in both countries there are so many useless idiots that the useful ones are not alone and heard. It is simply incomprehensible that the Americans are still treating Pakistan, without whose support the Taliban would be long gone, as an ally. Even the discovery of bin Laden apparently did nothing. That is the respect for a nuclear power. Understandable?
The ethnic demarcation between the various population groups has great potential for conflict in Afghanistan. In addition, the Pashtuns, the largest ethnic group in Afghanistan, are very divided among themselves. After the NATO withdrawal, these conflicts could escalate. As soon as the common fine is gone from the outside, internal conflicts are resolved again. The Afghan leader reminds of this time and again when he speaks of the Mujahideen.
There were never long phases of peace and prosperity in Afghanistan — the extent of which extended far beyond today’s national territory. Cultural achievements and arts were destroyed by subsequent rulers. The huge area was occupied, and by, among others, by Islamic Arabs and Changiz Khan. Sadozei Pashtuns made a kingdom in 1747. Because of this, peace did not return and borders are still not recognized by parts of the population. In the fight against the Muhadjir from Islamic Pakistan, the Afghan rulers asked Russia for help. We all know how that ended and what followed. Today these Islamic fighters are the ruling power in large parts of Afghanistan.
Originally published at https://zaviews.blogspot.com.