The Taliban have been getting stronger in Afghanistan for weeks. According to President Ghani, the withdrawn US troops are also to blame. But the country has a plan to fight terrorism.
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has blamed the rapid withdrawal of US troops for the deteriorating security situation in the country. “The reason for our current situation is that the decision was taken abruptly,” he said in parliament on Monday. He warned Washington that the withdrawal would have “consequences”.
Since the start of the withdrawal of international troops from Afghanistan, the radical Islamic Taliban have conquered large parts of the country. After conquering large rural areas of Afghanistan, the Taliban are moving ever closer to important provincial capitals. On Monday night, the militia attacked at least three provincial capitals: Laschkar Gah, Kandahar and Herat. There had already been heavy fighting there over the weekend, from which thousands of civilians fled.
Fought over several cities
In Laschkar Gah, capital of Helmand province, the Taliban attacked the city center and the prison at the same time. “The Afghan armed forces have repulsed the attacks on the ground and from the air,” said the military in Helmand. The government has announced it will send hundreds of commandos to the area.
Fierce fighting also broke out again on Monday in some districts of Kandahar province and in the outskirts of the provincial capital of the same name. On Sunday, the insurgents had already fired rockets at the strategically important Kandahar airport.
The fighting also continued in the western Afghan province of Herat. “The threat in these three provinces is great, but we are determined to repel their attacks,” said Afghan security forces spokesman Adschmal Omar Shinwari to journalists on Sunday.
Plan drawn up against the Taliban
According to Ghani, the Afghan authorities have drawn up a six-month plan to fight the Taliban. The president acknowledged, however, that the insurgents are no longer a “dispersed and inexperienced movement”. “We are dealing with an organized command and an organized leadership backed by an unholy coalition of international terrorism and its supporters.”
According to experts, the capture of one of the major urban centers of Afghanistan by the Taliban would change the dynamics of the conflict in favor of the Islamists. Observers fear that after the complete withdrawal of NATO troops, the Taliban could regain control of Afghanistan.