The nation’s high army officer supplied a glum evaluation on Wednesday of the safety scenario in Afghanistan, saying the Taliban had seized “strategic momentum” over Afghan army forces who had been falling again to prioritize the safety of essential cities, together with Kabul, the capital.
The feedback by Gen. Mark A. Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, echoed mounting stories from the bottom in Afghanistan. But his sober, virtually medical, account of latest Taliban positive aspects hammered residence the purpose.
“There’s a possibility of a complete Taliban takeover, or the possibility of any number of other scenarios,” General Milley stated. “I don’t think the end game is yet written.”
The Taliban have taken management of greater than 210 of Afghanistan’s roughly 420 districts in latest months, General Milley instructed reporters at a Pentagon information convention. They are additionally pressuring half of the nation’s 34 provincial facilities and are aiming to isolate Kabul and different main cities, he stated.
“Strategic momentum appears to be sort of with the Taliban,” he stated. “There clearly is a narrative out there that the Taliban are winning. In fact, they are propagating an inevitable victory on their behalf.”
But General Milley, who appeared alongside Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III of their first joint information convention since May 6, sought to reassure the Afghan authorities that the United States would proceed to offer humanitarian and safety help from afar. All American forces have left the nation, besides for about 650 troops assigned to protect the U.S. Embassy and the Kabul airport.
Both General Milley and Mr. Austin put duty for the nation’s destiny on Afghans and their leaders, not the Biden administration. Mr. Austin stated that American airstrikes after Aug. 31, the army withdrawal deadline, can be reserved for Al Qaeda and different terrorist targets, not Taliban fighters attacking Afghan forces.
“This is going to be a test now of the will and leadership of the Afghan people, the Afghan security forces and the government of Afghanistan,” General Milley stated.
In response to the Taliban offensives, a whole bunch of Afghan troops have surrendered, giving up their U.S.-supplied gear and fleeing, typically into neighboring nations. Afghan authorities counterattacks have had restricted success.
General Milley stated that many different Afghan troops had been falling again to guard bigger provincial cities. Violence has waned previously few days with the start of the Muslim celebration of Eid al-Adha, he stated, however the nation may attain a turning level as preventing resumes.