Is Afghanistan gone in the Hands of Taliban?

Hamid Khan Almashriqi

Whatever is happening is Afghanistan now a days mainly it is all because of Ignorance and selfishness of United States and a hasty withdrawal have made situation even worst. Now effectively all main borders of Afghanistan including With Pakistan (Chatman border) China, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Iran all have under control of Taliban. Although Taliban are not advancing inside the major cities or provincial capitals but effectively, they have surrounded all major provinces.
Since almost all US forces have left Afghanistan news of Taliban taking over the country is the biggest headlines everywhere. But all this is not true. Most of the world media is making like Taliban has taken over Afghanistan the day NATO & US forces withdrew while as the matter-of-fact despite of 20 years presence of world’s most powerful army and its allies, Taliban had already taken control of over 60% of the Afghanistan soil. In fact, that is the biggest reason and embarrassment for all these forces to decide withdrawal from Afghanistan. Yes! It is true since the announcement and 99% completion of withdrawal Taliban has advanced in cities like Mazar Shareef, Qandahar, Islam Garh and other border areas of Iran, Turkmenistan and with Pakistan. Hence this propaganda is false that Taliban has taken over since US forces left, they defeated USA & its allies forces while they were in control of everything.
While at the same time when Turkey has announced to send its troops in Afghanistan to protect Kabul airport and important buildings. Taliban reaction is quite clear in terms of not accepting any foreign footprints on their land.
The decision… is ill-advised, a violation of our sovereignty and territorial integrity and against our national interests,” the group said in a statement, days after Ankara agreed with Washington to provide security for Kabul airport when foreign forces leave completely.
“We consider stay of foreign forces in our homeland by any country under whatever pretext as occupation,” the Taliban said.

As foreign forces wind up their withdrawal — due to be completed by August 31 — the situation on the ground is changing rapidly. The Taliban have swept through much of northern Afghanistan in recent weeks, and the government now holds little more than a constellation of provincial capitals that must largely be reinforced and resupplied by air.
On Tuesday, the head of a Taliban commission that oversees government forces who surrender to the insurgents urged the residents of cities to reach out to them.
“Now that the fighting from mountains and deserts has reached the doors of the cities, Mujahiddin don’t want to fight inside the city,” Amir Khan Muttaqi said in a message tweeted by a Taliban spokesman, using another term for the group.
“It is better… to use any possible channel to get in touch with our invitation and guidance commission,” he said, adding this would “prevent their cities from getting damaged”.
The strategy is one well-worn by the Taliban, particularly during their first rise to power in the 1990s, cutting off towns and district centres and getting elders to negotiate a surrender.
Fears over pull out is very visible in Public in major cities and in current Afghan Government.
The top US general in Afghanistan relinquished his command Monday at a ceremony in the capital, the latest symbolic gesture bringing America’s longest war nearer to an end. The pace of the pull out — and multiple offensives launched by the Taliban — have raised fears that Afghanistan’s security forces could be swiftly overwhelmed, particularly without vital US air support.
Around 650 American service members are expected to remain in Kabul, guarding Washington’s sprawling diplomatic compound.
But Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Friday he had agreed with the United States on the “scope” of how to secure Kabul airport. Peace talks between the insurgents and the government supposedly taking place in Doha have largely fizzled out, and the Taliban now appear set on a complete military victory.
Although claims by the Taliban to control 85 percent of the country are impossible to verify independently, and at the same time is strongly disputed by the government. But there is no doubt that future of Afghanistan is more in the hands of Taliban than the local govt. It will be a great test for Them not repeat many incidents of their rule in 90’s rather they must come up with modern and acceptable approach if they desire to be accepted by the entire population and outside world.
While at the same time rest of the world has to keep open the options of dialogues with Taliban. Role of regional powers is very important vital in terms of future of Afghanistan.

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