Thursday, February 2, 2023

Afghan Troops Move to Block Taliban As Attacks Intensify

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( – The US military and US-led foreign forces are set to leave Afghanistan fully by the end of this month, marking the end of what has become the longest war in our nation’s history. Former President Donald Trump put the exit strategy in place and, in a rare show of continuity between the two administrations, President Joe Biden has carried it out largely as planned. 

However, the withdrawal of troops has not been without its challenges. Taliban activity has intensified in recent weeks as our military presence in Afghanistan has decreased. On Monday, August 2, reports emerged that Taliban forces had launched attacks on three provincial capitals over the weekend. Thousands of civilians have fled the affected areas, and Afghan forces are struggling to contain the rebel militants.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani criticized the US for what he perceives as an excessively brisk withdrawal of troops, stating he had warned of “consequences” like these. 

In the city of Lashkar Gah, the humanitarian situation is rapidly worsening. Communication systems have been affected, and residents are finding it difficult to access medicine and other necessities. Experts say the loss of the city to the Taliban would be a massive strategic blow.

While an ongoing American military presence in Afghanistan is not something anyone wants to see, this recent resurgence in violence already has people questioning America’s exit strategy.

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