The Taliban continues to seize more and more of the territory of Afghanistan. In the Jari region, 300 servicemen immediately surrendered to the Taliban near the village of Khauz Madad on 2 July. According to local media reports, Afghan soldiers served at the Azizullah Camp military base.
While some experts say that the terrorists will sooner or later fizzle out and that they themselves are not able to fully govern the country, the military successes of the Taliban suggest otherwise. From 1996 to 2001, the Taliban invaded Afghanistan once, although they went underground after the arrival of NATO. Now that the US is withdrawing its troops, it is increasingly difficult for the government army to contain terrorists, especially when they seize entire boxes of American weapons, and also receive military vehicles left in a hurry for almost nothing.
The Taliban captured most of Tagab County in Kapisa province on 1 July. Only 104 kilometers are left from it to the capital of Afghanistan, Kabul. This distance can be easily covered in two hours by car.
On the same day, the Taliban took over a large military base in the Sultan Khel settlement of the Saidabad district. 90 Afghan soldiers surrendered immediately. The Taliban also seized 15 Russian-made KamAZ army trucks and 757 weapons. In the last month of active offensive alone, the Taliban have acquired about 700 American Humvees.
The United States hastened the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan. They left the Bagram base. The Czech troops had already completely left the territory of Afghanistan by July 1. Since 2002, 11.5 thousand Czechs have visited Afghan territory. In connection with the decision of POTUS Joe Biden, they also decided to end military support for Afghanistan.
The only country that has decided to stay against the Taliban is Turkey. Ankara believes it can play an important role in building a truce between the multinational people of Afghanistan, Turkish Daily Sabah wrote on July 1. But the Taliban themselves speak out against the presence of Turks in the country.
Of course, it cannot be said that the United States will decide to leave such an important geopolitical region as Afghanistan without a safety net. It became known that US representatives held talks for consultations on regional threats with Uzbekistan and Tajikistan. Most likely, this is due to the desire of the Americans to build military bases or leave their troops in the territories of countries near Afghanistan.
The government army is simply not keeping pace with the Taliban’s aggression. For every 8 areas captured by terrorists, only 4 fight back. If the Afghan authorities are unable to turn the tide, the Taliban have a very good chance of becoming a new force in the Asian region, as the terrorist organization ISIS, banned in Russia, once became.
Commenting on the Taliban offensive, Yuri Lyamin, a military expert on the Middle East, told The Eastern Herald:
- To begin with, it should be noted that the Taliban have been gradually crowding out government forces in recent years after the United States withdrew the bulk of its troops in the middle of the last decade. Now, this process has accelerated dramatically and in places began to resemble an avalanche. This is apparently a consequence of two factors. On the one hand, there was a demoralization of a significant part of the Afghan army and police against the background of the final withdrawal of US troops and allies. On the other hand, official Kabul, without American air support, is forced to concentrate its forces on the defense of key cities and regions, leaving those areas for which there are not enough forces or the defense of which is considered hopeless.
The Taliban follow the classic strategy of guerrilla warfare, with the strengthening of positions and the capture of rural areas, gradually surrounding and blocking cities.