The Taliban militant group now controls a complete of 212, or roughly half of Afghanistan’s 419 district centres, a high US General stated.
“Strategic momentum seems to be type of with the Taliban,” Xinhua information company quoted General Mark Milley, chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, as saying at a press convention on the Pentagon on Wednesday.
“There’s a risk of an entire Taliban takeover, or the potential for any variety of different eventualities,” Milley stated.
“I do not assume the top sport is yet written. A unfavourable consequence, a Taliban computerized takeover, is not a foregone conclusion.”
While the militants are yet to seize any of the nation’s 34 provincial capitals, they’re pressuring about half of them, stated Milley.
Afghan safety forces are consolidating their positions to guard these main city centres together with Kabul, he stated.
While “strategic momentum seems to be with the Taliban” proper now, lots might occur over the remainder of the summer time, he added.
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“We’re going to seek out out, the degrees of violence, does it go up, does it keep the identical, there’s the potential for negotiated consequence nonetheless on the market, there’s the potential for a Taliban takeover (and) another variety of eventualities.”
The Afghan provinces have been the scene of heavy battles between Taliban and safety forces because the begin of the withdrawal of the US-led forces from the war-torn nation on May 1.
US President Joe Biden has set a proper finish to the US army mission in Afghanistan for August 31, days forward of his unique September 11 deadline.
US Central Command stated final week over 95 per cent of the withdrawal has been accomplished.
More than 2,400 US troops have been killed in Afghanistan over the previous 20 years, with 20,000 wounded, in accordance with the Pentagon.
Estimates present that over 66,000 Afghan troops have been killed, and over 2.7 million folks have been displaced.
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