The attack may signify a strategic victory. The Taliban launched its first offensive against the provincial capital, Kala-e Na, on Wednesday (July 7) after a brief attempt in June to attack Kunduz, the provincial capital of the same name in northwestern Afghanistan. Their full-scale campaign against Afghan forces, launched in support of the withdrawal of US troops from the country, is now almost over.
Just hours after the U.S. military announced it was over “Over 90%” The Taliban, which withdrew from Afghanistan, has been occupying key rural areas of the Afghan region and several major cities since May, entering the gala-e language on Wednesday morning. According to local officials, the Taliban’s presence at the gates of the capital, Patkis province, have caused panic among the population and allowed prisoners to escape from prisons.
Afghanistan a “The most delicate military situation” And this “War is raging” Afghanistan’s Defense Minister Bismillah Mohammed said on Wednesday after the first major insurgent attack on a provincial capital. “I want to reassure all of you, our national forces (…) We will use all their power and resources to protect our homeland and our people. ”, He added in a statement.
“The enemy entered the city, all the districts [alentour] Fell, fighting broke out in the city ”Batkiss Governor Hessamuddin Shams told reporters in a text message. Abdul Aziz Beg, chairman of the provincial council in Patna, had earlier confirmed the Taliban’s entry into the Agency France-Press and the fighting in the city. “Last night, provincial security services officers surrendered to the Taliban and the Taliban were in the city this morning. [mercredi] morning “, Announced by Abdul Aziz Beg. “Fighting continues in various parts of the city at this moment”, He mentions, mentions it “The city prison was opened and about two hundred prisoners escaped.”.
Provincial councilor Zia Gul Habibi said the rebels had seized the headquarters of the police and the local headquarters of the National Security Directorate (NDS) of the Afghan intelligence service. “Provincial officials take refuge in an army camp in the city”, Or “The fight continues”, She continued.
Governor Shams later promised in a video message posted on Facebook that he would appear with a shotgun on his shoulder and magazines on his chest. “All security forces (…) To protect the city “ And “The enemy suffered losses and was defeated”, When severe gunfire erupts. He said in an audio message that the Taliban “Withdrawn” After laying “Affected Losses”.
Representatives of the Afghan government and the Taliban met in Tehran on Wednesday, after the Iranian foreign ministry said talks between the two parties in Qatar had stalled for months. “Today the people and leaders of Afghanistan must make tough decisions for the future of their country.”Mohammad Javad Zarif, the head of Iranian diplomacy, welcomed the US departure from its eastern neighbors at the beginning of the debate.
Taliban spokesman Jabihullah Mujahid confirmed it “High Level Mission” Had visited Iran “On Official Invitation” Meet from Tehran “Afghans” And discuss “Find solutions to the current situation in the country and through negotiations”.
Beginning in May, despite the inevitable advance of the Taliban and the retreat of Afghan forces, the withdrawal of U.S. troops was carried out in full force, and has now lost vital US air support. The White House has said the final withdrawal of the U.S. military will take place by the end of August. This would put an end to twenty years of US intervention in the country, the longest war the United States has ever waged in its history.
Analysts say the Taliban’s entry into the gala-e language will certainly deal another blow to the already weakened morale of Afghan forces. The Taliban will seize the gala-e tongue “A strategic victory because it will have a psychological effect on the forces of Afghanistan, which are losing ground as quickly as dominoes in the face of an unstoppable force.”, Explains Nishank Motwani, a researcher who specializes in Afghanistan. “It simply came to our notice then [des talibans] Fear that the days of the Afghan government are numbered. “Authorities in Kabul have promised to focus their efforts on the security of major cities, major roads and border towns.