After the U.S. forces began to withdraw, the Taliban captured many areas in northern Afghanistan
China News Service, June 22nd, reported that since the U.S. announced its withdrawal from Afghanistan, the Taliban movement in Afghanistan has been gaining momentum. After capturing dozens of rural areas in the past few weeks, it invaded the north on the 20th. Two provincial capitals.
According to Singapore’s Lianhe Zaobao, in Kunduz City, the capital of Kunduz Province, the Taliban occupied the entrance to the city and then dispersed to various neighborhoods. Kunduz was briefly occupied by the Taliban in 2015 and 2016, but then Afghan security forces regained the city with the assistance of US air strikes and special operations forces.
In the city of Maimana, the capital of Faryab Province, west of Kunduz, Taliban militants captured the surrounding areas of the city and continued to fight with the Afghan security forces until the evening of the 20th. In a recent battle, the Taliban killed more than 20 members of government forces.
The report pointed out that the U.S. and international forces now mainly stationed in the capital Kabul and Bagram Airport will be withdrawn within a few weeks, and the Afghan army will lose the U.S. combat support that could prevent the Taliban from attacking in the past.
Salab, a Maimana city official, said: “If there are reinforcements from Kabul and military aircraft support the security forces, the Taliban will not be able to enter Maimana.”
According to the New York Times, since the beginning of the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan on May 1, the Taliban have occupied more than 50 areas through local mediation, military offensives, and the retreat of government forces, and only a few areas have been retaken by government forces.
p > Afghan President Ghani will travel to the United States on June 25, local time, to meet with US President Biden at the White House. This is the first face-to-face interaction between the leaders of the two countries before the withdrawal of US and NATO forces from Afghanistan on September 11.
The White House said in a statement that Biden will assure Ghani that the United States will provide support to the Afghan people in terms of diplomatic, economic and humanitarian assistance. Biden will also reiterate that he will ensure that Afghanistan will never become a safe haven for terrorist organizations. However, analysis believes that as the US military begins to withdraw, the security situation in Afghanistan will become increasingly severe and complex.