Washington, United States:
A protracted civil battle in Afghanistan is extra probably than a fast Taliban takeover because the United States’ full navy withdrawal nears, Washington’s former ambassador to Kabul mentioned Sunday.
The insurgents have snatched 5 provincial capitals since Friday in a lightning offensive, virtually a month earlier than the 20th anniversary of the September 11 assaults that sparked the American-led invasion.
“A prolonged civil war is a more likely outcome than a swift Taliban takeover of the entire country. They’re being very smart about this. They’re not launching major strikes into Kabul,” former US ambassador to Afghanistan, Ryan Crocker, instructed ABC’s “This Week”.
Kunduz, Sar-e-Pul and Taloqan within the north fell inside hours of one another Sunday, lawmakers, safety sources and residents within the cities confirmed.
Kunduz is probably the most vital Taliban acquire for the reason that insurgents launched an offensive in May as overseas forces started the ultimate phases of their withdrawal.
It has been a perennial goal for the Taliban, who briefly overran town in 2015 and once more in 2016 however by no means managed to carry it for lengthy.
“They’re doing what they’re doing in part to create a climate of fear and panic. They are succeeding wonderfully,” Crocker added, referring to the Taliban.
The withdrawal of overseas forces is because of end on the finish of this month and Crocker mentioned he couldn’t see any circumstance underneath which the United States would ship its troops again.
“President (Joe) Biden has made that clear. We’re going out and are staying out,” the diplomat added. “He owns it. It’s already an indelible stain on his presidency.”
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