The Taliban claim to have taken 85% of Afghan territory. The Government refute these claims, saying the territory taken is of little strategic importance.
It is believed the Taliban now control valuable mineral trade routes along the border with Iran. If this is the case, the Taliban will see their revenues increased.
As the US withdraw troops from the country, President Biden has said that he unwilling to allow another generation of young Americans to die in Afghanistan. However, he admitted that, “the likelihood there is going to be one unified government in Afghanistan controlling the whole country is highly unlikely”.
At this key time world leaders have met in Chicago for the NATO summit. One of the main topics under discussion is the situation in Afghanistan. Obama has been keen to push ahead with a plan to withdraw troops from the war torn country. Obama has set a date of 2014 to remove troops from Afghanistan. But critics of the move have pointed out the Taliban are still a major threat to security and the Afghan army are not strong enough to withhold them alone. Obama has announced that the US will continue to support the Afghan army until 2024.
In this election year it looks like President Obama is making decisions not based on military wisdom. No army tells there enemy when they plan to pack up and leave. No army goes to war without a clear and concise objective, and a determination to stay and fight until that objective has been won. Have we seen the Taliban defeated, does their presence in Afghanistan no one pose a significant threat to American security?