Taliban Sweeps Through Afghanistan, Kabul In Sight

Taliban Sweeps Through Afghanistan, Kabul In Sight

Taliban Sweeps Through Afghanistan, Kabul In Sight

Shock of shocks, the Taliban is taking over Afghanistan at a record pace.

The United States is almost entirely hands-off at the moment, aside from a few airstrikes, as the Taliban has been running around recapturing territory. On Sunday, they managed to take control of three provincial capitals in a single day. As the week has progressed, the situation is looking worse and worse.


The Taliban have been waiting for this chance for years.

The Taliban’s swift takeover of swaths of Afghanistan, plotted for years, hinged on staging forces around the country ready to move on provincial capitals as soon as the U.S.-led coalition announced its exit, according to Pentagon officials.”

After May 1, when the U.S. withdrawal began, those Taliban forces that had been lying in wait began fighting Afghan forces and intimidating local leaders in an effort to control district centers, the nation’s basic administrative units. In April, the Taliban controlled 73 districts—out of 421 nationwide. By August, insurgents controlled 222 and were contesting another 114.”

With the districts in their hands, the Taliban surrounded many provincial capitals and began tightening the noose, the U.S. officials said. Among the major centers that have fallen since Friday’s offensive is the northern city of Kunduz. Others appeared vulnerable to collapse.”

Afghanistan moved some of its special forces to fend off attacks on Lashkar Gah, Herat and Kandahar last week, a diversion that allowed the Taliban to take control of other provincial capitals, U.S. defense officials said.”

Each time a provincial capital falls, the Taliban gain a psychological victory, the defense officials said. They also pick up arms and equipment left behind or won from Afghan national security forces, and open prisons, freeing inmates to join their cause, the officials said.”

Well, Lashkar Gah, as of this morning, is falling into Taliban hands.

The fighting around Lashkar Gah has raged for weeks. On Wednesday, a suicide car bombing marked the latest wave to target the capital’s regional police headquarters. By Thursday, the Taliban had taken the building, with some police officers surrendering to the militants and others retreating to the nearby governor’s office that’s still held by government forces, said Nasima Niazi, a lawmaker from Helmand.”

Niazi said she believed the Taliban attack killed and wounded security force members, but she had no casualty breakdown. Another suicide car bombing targeted the provincial prison, but the government still held it, she said. The Taliban’s other advances have seen the militants free hundreds of its members over the last week, bolstering their ranks while seizing American-supplied weapons and vehicles.”

As people are fleeing from the Taliban, they are heading toward Kabul.

And yet, as the Taliban continues to gain ground with a speed that would be almost comical if it wasn’t so deadly serious, the Biden administration and the Pentagon insist that the Afghan government can still hold their ground.

John Kirby, the chief Pentagon spokesman, said the Afghans still have time to save themselves from final defeat.”

“No potential outcome has to be inevitable, including the fall of Kabul,” Kirby told reporters. “It doesn’t have to be that way. It really depends on what kind of political and military leadership the Afghans can muster to turn this around.”

That optimism sounds strangely misplaced when compared to what intelligence officials have told the Associated Press.

The latest U.S. military intelligence assessment is that Kabul could come under insurgent pressure within 30 days and that if current trends hold, the Taliban could gain full control of the country within a couple of months.”

Technically, United States military forces will be out of Afghanistan in a little less than three weeks. If those intelligence assessments are accurate, the Taliban could be besieging Kabul within a week of the American forces leaving. By the beginning to middle of October, the entire country could be under Taliban control. Those will be some terrible optics for the United States on the world stage.

Joe Biden is not going to change his mind on Afghanistan. He doesn’t care about it being the 21st century version of Saigon. He wants the political “win” of getting to say that he pulled all the troops out, despite whatever grisly scenario follows after American forces are gone. And the stories of urban combat, and of girls being seized as “child brides” as “spoils of war” by Taliban fighters are already out there.

It seems that Joe Biden is willing to take the political hit when (not if) some atrocity in Afghanistan goes viral, and why wouldn’t he? How likely is it that he will have to deal with this mess during a re-election campaign? He gets all of the credit for getting troops out, and none of the fallout over what comes after. He’s going to leave that for Kamala Harris to try and clean up. Think she’s enjoying hitching her political future to the old man yet?

UPDATE 3 PM ET:
The reports on the ground continue to be grim.


And this is worse. The Taliban is now claiming that they have control of Kandahar. This news has now apparently gotten both British and American diplomatic corps poised to be evacuated out of the country.


And yes, there are reports that the Taliban are executing Afghan soldiers.


Do you really think that the Taliban cares about their human rights record??? And, do you think that Joe Biden and the State Department really care, either? Afghanistan is going to be a killing field, and if the Biden administration is okay with that, then fine, they can take that position. But then they can never again lecture ANYONE about “human rights.”

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  • American Human says:

    The world has wasted enough time on these little slivers of humanity in the “stans”. It seems as if we, meaning world governments, are more concerned with what goes on in Pakistan and Afghanistan and Iran that what goes on in our own countries.
    I have profound sympathy for those suffering now and in the future at the hands of the Taliban but lets say the Taliban completely takes over and the Chinese are their best friends along with Pakistan, so what? How is my pending retirement affected by this? My yard will still need to be mowed, my mortgage and other bills paid, I’ll still need to buy fuel for my car, I’ll wake up every morning and do the best I can for the whole day. How will any of this change?
    I will give a few $$ to the guys on the corners, pay a full tithing, be kind and helpful, love my wife and family, take care of my kitties, feed the birds, work on my home to-do list, build my furniture, etc. This is the case even with the despicable Joe Biden as president.

  • Ted says:

    I’m not sure why Senator Puffnstuff and Representative Ayedunno always encourage the advancement of General Nocando, then fall for “talk, talk, fight, fight”. The satans of Western values will always say that they’ll be satisfied with Czechoslovakia, that they wish to negotiate an end to the carnage, until they have it Praha, and re-arm.

    It can be argued that it happened in Korea and Việt Nam, and is now ascendant in the Middle East. I advocate proper soldering of “negotiating statesman ‘peacemakers’ “: “Flux ’em”

  • Chris says:

    We all knew this was how it was going to end.

  • Scott says:

    While what the taliban is doing, and will do when they retake the country is terrible, I find it very hard to have sympathy for people that refuse to fight for a better life. Our troops sacrificed mightily to train government forces there, yet when the taliban comes knocking, they get their asses handed to them. After being trained by what was the best military in the world (and lets not forget equipped with millions of dollars worth of American equipment), why is it that they quickly fall to the taliban? It’s either that they’re completely incompetent, or that they just don’t give a shit.
    Bottom line is, while there are good people there, and we should do all we can to get out those that helped us, and want better, the country is, was, and always will be a muslim run shithole, and short of genocide, there’s no way to change that.
    We should build as many MOABs as we can, and let them do what they will, within their own borders. Monitor them closely, and if they do ANYTHNG that threatens the world outside their border, they get a MOAB on the spot.. Of course I’d be ok with nukes, but there’d be too much whining about it.

  • SAMIR SARDANA says:

    TALIBAN IN ON THE VERGE OF A COMPLETE TAKEOVER !

    And what are the Indians waiting for ? Not sending in the IAF ?

    The USA is leaving Afghans in precisely the situation that the Americans wanted – a nation of squabbling warlords,antagonistc tribes and a resurgent Taliban.If the US wanted they could have bombed the Taliban,and at least delayed the Taliban wave until September – but they did NOT.

    The US wants to put the fear of death into Ghani and his merry men, and the warlords – to push them into a coalition – desired by the USA, and funded by the USA.

    Ultimately that will also fail,and the nation will be divided into “zones of influence”,with the maximum spread with the Taliban,and the Taliban controlling the supply chains to all oteher zones.So you will have a interlocked and connected matrix,which is spun by the USA ,every few months, by some “event” – to keep the players ,in their place – strategic disequilibrium – where all players are off balance – but will not collapse.

    The Taliban will earn toll revenues from infra (built by the hapless Indians),and tax revenues from tradea,s CORRUPTION WILL DECLINE SHARPLY – and that is enough to finance the Islamic state.The BONUS will be Chinese investments into Taliban ,for minerals and the royalty,transit fees and profit taxes ,which will then get the Taliban, the funds to build an Airforce,which will then take over Afghanistan

    The Mongols will redeem the Islamic state of the Taliban,as a part of the Ghazwa E Hind and other prophecies.In Return,Taliban will offer no sanctuary to East Turkmenisation and Xinjiang fighters ! Using the Chinese to deal with the Taliban is the best option,as they are a new face with NO HISTORY OF GENOCIDE AND PERFIDY IN AFGHANISTAN !

    It is a NEW DAWN and the rise of the 1st REAL ISLAMIC NATION – which will be the most prosperous in the world (among Muslim nations) as the population is just 40 million and the nation has Trillions of USD of Minerals and will earn Billions of USD,via transit fees for the logistics and hydrocarbon corridors !

    And that will lead to the revival of the Islamic nation (based on shariat) across all Muslim nations.It will be the 1st AND ONLY VIABLE TO THE DUBIOUS ELECTORAL DEMOCRACIES OF MUSLIM NATIONS.

    WHAT CAN THE INDIAN WEASELS DO ? THEY COULD NOT PROTECT THEIR INFRA OR THEIR MI-24 CHOPPERS OR THEIR TRAINED AFGHAN ARMY OR NAJIBULLAH or CHABAHAR or THE TAKEOVER OF CHABAHAR BY PRC ?

    THE INDIAN ARMY IS A PANSY FORCE – WHICH EVOKES NO FEAR OR RESPECT IN ENEMIES ! KILLING KASHMIRIS IS EASY, AND SO IS FIGHTING OUTNUMBERED KASHMIRI MJAHIDEEN,ON A SUICIDE MISSION, ARMED WITH AK-47 AND LIMITED AMMO AND NO KEVLAR ! AND STILL THE INDIAN PANSY CALLS ITSELF BATTLE HARDENED !

    THE SAME APPLIES TO THE IAF ! IT HAS NO ROLE IN AFGHAN ! THE GOI MIGHT HAVE ALREADY CUT A DEAL WITH THE TALIBAN – TO NOT SEND IN THE ARMY OR IAF , AND NOT O TAID GHANI – AND IN LIEU,THEREOF,TALIBAN DOES NOT DESTROY INDIAN ASSETS AND DOES NOT ENTER KASHMIR !

    THE INDIANS CANT EVEN KEEP THEIR MIGs FROM CRASHING – AND HOW DEEP CAN THE IAF GO INTO AFGHAN AND FROM WHERE – WHOSE AIRSPACE AND WHOSE REFUELLING AND WHOSE CARRIERS ? WHOEVER AIDS THE INDIANS WILL BE BOMBED BY THE TALIBAN ! dindooohindoo

    IN ESSENCE,HINDOOS HAVE NO ROLE OR PLACE IN AFGHANISTAN ! BY RACE AND RELIGION THE PERSIANS,CENTRAL ASIANS,TURKS AND PAKISTANIS ,HAVE A ROLE ,AND AN AXE TO GRIND ! INDIANS ARE HISTORY – THE DUSTBIN OF HISTORY !

    THE US WILL GET TALIBAN TO KABUL ,BUT IN A GRADUATED MANNER – TO REALISE THE ROLE AND POWER OF THE US – AND IN RETURN,,TALIBAN HAS TO GIVE NO SPACE TO AL QAEDA ,AND BE MORE HUMANISTIC !

    PEOPLE IN AFGHANISTAN WILL SEE THE MAGICAL NEW FACE OF TOLERANCE OF THE TALIBAN ,TO EVERYTHING EXCEPT CORRUPTION , VULGARITY AND BLASPHEMY !

    AND ULTIMATELY, THE TALIBAN WILL LIBERATE KASHMIR WITH THE MONGOLS AND PAKISTANIS – NOT ONLY, DUE TO PROVIDENCE – BUT BECAUSE IDEOLOGY TRUMPS ALL TACTICAL ALLIANCES ,AND THE TALIBAN THRUST INTO KASHMIR, IS THE ISLAMIC SALVATION OF THE TALIBAN AND THE LAND OF THE LOST TRIBES OF ISRAEL , ID.EST AFGHANISTAN !

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