World The Afghan security forces must slow down the Taliban-Pentagon

08:45  25 july  2021
08:45  25 july  2021 Source:   pressfrom.com

Taliban see battlefield dominance as path to political, diplomatic power

  Taliban see battlefield dominance as path to political, diplomatic power With US forces largely gone from the battlefield, the Taliban have conducted a staggering, land-grabbing offensive that appears aimed at forcing the Afghan government to sue for peace on the insurgents' terms or suffer complete military defeat. The strategy appears to be aimed at achieving multiple goals -- exhausting the country's overstretched air force and commando units, and depriving Kabul of much needed revenue. It has also cut the central government off from the traditionally anti-Taliban strongholds it relies on for backing. "The most surprising thing about the Taliban's offensive is its focus on the north and west.

U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said on Saturday that the Afghan security forces ' first job was to make sure they could slow the Taliban 's momentum before attempting to retake territory, as Afghan forces plan to consolidate forces around strategically important parts of the country. U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin answers reporters questions at the Pentagon as the U.S. military nears the formal end of its mission in Afghanistan in Arlington, Virginia, U.S. July 21, 2021. REUTERS/Ken Cedeno.

A Taliban spokesperson told CNN that they were attempting to verify the details of the incident but said some incidents are not what they are portrayed to be. But those who spoke to CNN said their lives are now under threat as the Taliban launch revenge attacks following the US withdrawal from Afghanistan . "To be clear, our embassy in Kabul will continue to operate after our forces draw down . SIV processing will continue, including for those individuals who remain in Afghanistan , and we will continue to surge resources to process applications to the fullest extent possible."

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Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, July 25 (Reuters) - The first task of Afghan security forces is to ensure that they can slow down the Taliban offensive before attempting to resume the territory they have seized, said Saturday the US Secretary to the Defense Lloyd Austin.

According to Reuters, the Afghan army is reviewing its war strategy against the Taliban in order to focus its strength around the most critical areas like Kabul and other cities, border posts and vital infrastructures.

"They are consolidating their strength around key population centers," said Lloyd Austin to journalists during a visit to Alaska. X1X1 Joe Biden announced the end of the US military mission in Afghanistan, August 31. (Idrees Ali, French version Camille Raynaud) x1

Timeline: Taliban's sweeping offensive .
With the exit of US-led foreign forces in Afghanistan near completion, the Taliban has ramped up its offensive, capturing half the country's districts and border crossings and encircling several provincial capitals. A recap since the sweeping offensive began in May: - Fierce fighting - At the start of May, NATO begins a concurrent withdrawal of its mission in Afghanistan involving 9,600 soldiers, 2,500 of which are American. Intense fightingA recap since the sweeping offensive began in May: 

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