Afghanistan: the inexorable progression of the Taliban

The Taliban continue to advance in Afghanistan. Islamist insurgents, whom Western troops fought for nearly , now control most of Afghan territory.

The advance of the Taliban was particularly accelerated after the departure of the Western contingents, which should be completed with the total withdrawal of American soldiers by the end of August. Particularly weakened and disorganized because of the Western withdrawal, the Afghan army is giving way every day.

Seven provincial capitals conquered Since Friday, seven provincial capitals have fallen into the hands of Islamist insurgents. Latest: Farâh, a provincial capital located in the west of the country. After these numerous military and strategic successes, the Taliban are now eyeing Mazar-i Charif, a key city for the government of Kabul for the control of the north of the country. The fall of this provincial capital would deal a devastating blow to the government of Ashraf Ghani.

Taliban now in control 230 districts in the 230 of Afghanistan. Cartography: Bruno Battail

According to a senior European Union official, the Taliban now control 53% of Afghan territory and threaten eleven provincial capitals. The insurgents are also trying to deprive the capital, Kabul, of the support given to it by the national forces of the North.

The United States calls for a ceasefire In a speech to Parliament, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani attributed the deterioration of the military situation to the “sudden” decision by the United States to withdraw international troops from the country. Supposed to be completed by 31 August, the operation to withdraw foreign forces, present for twenty years in the country , is now almost complete.

On Monday, the United States’ envoy for Afghanistan visited Qatar to urge the Taliban to cease their military offensive and to negotiate an agreement Politics.