Taliban seem to have ‘strategic momentum’ in Afghanistan, U.S. common says | CBC Information

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The Taliban seem to have “strategic momentum” within the battle for management of Afghanistan as they put growing stress on key cities, setting the stage for a decisive interval in coming weeks as American forces full their withdrawal, the highest U.S. navy officer mentioned Wednesday.

“That is going to be a check now of the desire and management of the Afghan folks — the Afghan safety forces and the federal government of Afghanistan,” Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Workers, informed a Pentagon information convention.

The Pentagon says the U.S. withdrawal is 95 per cent completed and will likely be accomplished by Aug. 31.

And whereas the Biden administration has vowed to proceed monetary help and logistical assist for Afghan forces after August, U.S. Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin mentioned the main target of U.S. navy efforts there will likely be countering militant threats, not the Taliban.

Afghan safety personnel are seen on alert exterior the blue mosque throughout the Eid al-Adha prayers in Herat, Afghanistan on Tuesday. (Hoshang Hashimi/AFP/Getty Photographs)

Talking alongside Milley, Austin mentioned the U.S. will “regulate” al-Qaeda, the extremist community whose use of Afghanistan as a haven for planning the 9/11 assaults on the US was the explanation U.S. forces invaded Afghanistan in 2001.

“Our main focus going ahead is to ensure that violence, terrorism, can’t be exported from Afghanistan to our homeland, and so we’ll preserve the aptitude to have the ability to not solely observe that but in addition tackle that if it does emerge,” Austin mentioned, including that the Taliban pledged in 2020 to not present a sanctuary for al-Qaeda sooner or later.

‘Medium danger’ of renewed menace

“We count on for them to fulfill that dedication. If they need legitimacy going ahead, I feel that is one thing they’re going to have to contemplate. That is one method to earn it, so we’ll see what occurs.”

He reiterated his view that there’s a “medium danger” of al-Qaeda regaining inside about two years of the U.S. departure the aptitude to launch assaults towards the West.

“However, once more, there are a variety of issues that would occur to hurry that up a bit or gradual it down,” he added.

Milley mentioned the Taliban now management about half of the 419 district centres in Afghanistan, and whereas they’ve but to seize any of the nation’s 34 provincial capitals, they’re pressuring about half of them.

An Afghan nationwide military helicopter is seen flying over the Qargha Lake on the outskirts of Kabul final Friday. (Wakil Kohsar/AFP/Getty Photographs)

Because the Taliban seize extra territory, the Afghan safety forces are consolidating their positions to guard key inhabitants centres, together with Kabul, he mentioned.

“A big quantity of territory has been seized over the course of six, eight, 10 months by the Taliban, so momentum seems to be — strategic momentum seems to be — type of with the Taliban,” Milley mentioned.

Milley mentioned that whereas the Taliban are trying to create the impression that their victory over the U.S.-backed Kabul authorities is inevitable, he believes the Afghan navy and police have the coaching and tools to prevail.

He mentioned he wouldn’t rule out a negotiated political settlement with the Taliban, nor would he exclude “a whole Taliban takeover.”

“I do not assume the top sport is but written,” he mentioned.

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