Afghanistan: according to US intelligence, the Taliban could take Kabul within 90 days
In Afghanistan, the advance of the Taliban continues, which could arrive to take the capital Kabul within 90 days, returning to power 20 years after being deposed by the US-led military intervention. It is the prediction of US intelligence that Taliban fighters could isolate the stronghold of the government backed by Western countries within just 30 days.
The new estimate follows the rapid advance of Islamist militiamen, who in six days conquered nine provincial capitals, taking advantage of the withdrawal of US forces and the lack of resistance from government forces.
According to reports Reuters, quoting a US defense official, Afghan security forces could still reverse the trend by more opposing the advance. An appeal relaunched in recent days by the Pentagon and reiterated today by US President Joe Biden, who today invited Afghan leaders to join forces against the Taliban, recalling that Afghan troops outnumber Islamist fighters.
In the past few hours, hundreds of Afghan soldiers who defended the airport of Kunduz, one of the 9 capitals conquered by the Taliban since last Friday, surrendered to the militiamen, also handing over their weapons.
Interim Finance Minister Khalid Payenda announced his resignation yesterday and, Bloomberg reported, left the country after the Taliban in recent weeks captured some of the main border crossings in the north, west and north. south of the country, depriving the government of revenue from trade taxes.
Since 6 August the Taliban have taken the provincial capitals of Faizabad, Farah, Pul-e-Khumri, Sar-e-Pul, Sheberghan, Aybak, Kunduz, Taluqan and Zaranj, attacking strategic cities such as Mazar-i-Sharif, the capital of the northern province of Balkh, after coming to control 65 percent of the Afghan territory. It was precisely in Mazar-i-Sharif that Afghan President Ashraf Ghani visited, who according to a note from the presidency intends to monitor the “general security situation” in the north of the country, historically controlled by the forces that have resisted the Taliban regime over the years. ’90. Ghani will hold talks with the leaders of important local militias to defend the city, essential for the government’s strength, from the assault of the Taliban.
The Taliban first came to occupy Kabul in 1996 after overthrowing the regime of Burhanuddin Rabbani, one of the mujahideen commanders who resisted the invasion of the USSR in the 1980s. During its five years of existence, the so-called “Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan”, led by Mullah Mohammed Omar, imposed extremely restrictive laws especially for the rights of women and minorities, based on an uncompromising interpretation of Sunni Islam.