Taliban militants are now retaking a lot of the ground they have lost as President Biden and his administration continue to pull U.S. forces out of Afghanistan, capturing dozens of posts and bases, while also tossing out hundreds of Afghan officials.
“The Taliban, designated a terror group by the U.S. State Department, has led an insurgency against the U.S.-backed Afghan government for roughly two decades since United States forces drove the Taliban out of Afghanistan in 2001. Taliban, Afghan, and U.S. forces have been locked in conflict ever since, making the Afghan War the longest war in United States history,” the Daily Wire reports.
President Biden made the announcement back in April that he would be yanking American troops out of Afghanistan and said that he aims to complete the process by September 11 of this year, which will mark the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks that killed 3,ooo Americans and led to the almost 20-year war in Afghanistan.
And now, according to reports from The New York Times, Taliban forces are now quickly moving into the vacuum, leading to Afghan forces becoming demoralized.
“The Taliban conquest has been largely bloodless. The terror group starts with using an envoy, usually a local elder or official, to visit an Afghan outpost or camp. The Taliban’s message is simple and offers the local Afghan forces the chance to surrender or fight until they’re overrun. The tactic is often successful,” the DW report continues.
The NY Times goes on to report, “Since May 1, at least 26 outposts and bases in just four provinces — Laghman, Baghlan, Wardak and Ghazni — have surrendered after such negotiations, according to village elders and government officials. With morale diving as American troops leave, and the Taliban seizing on each surrender as a propaganda victory, each collapse feeds the next in the Afghan countryside.”
“Among the negotiated surrenders were four district centers, which house local governors, police and intelligence chiefs — effectively handing the government facilities to Taliban control and scattering the officials there, at least temporarily,” the report continues.
“Last year, then-President Donald Trump attempted to ink a deal with NATO forces and the Taliban to evacuate American forces from Afghanistan. In return, the Taliban would have to abide by the terms of the agreement or risk retaliation by the United States. Trump committed to a full troop withdrawal within 14 months in February 2020 if the agreement was kept,” the DW report says.
Biden actually missed the former president’s deadline after he made the announcement that he would be renegotiating the deal in the month of March. However, Biden did fully commit to pulling American troops nonetheless.