Taliban rules 10% of the Afghan population
Fifteen years after the US invaded Afghanistan, the Taliban controls 10 percent of the country’s population. However, a top US commander fears the extremist group could potential rule over a third of Afghans following gains from the US-supported government in Kabul.
Army Gen. John Nicholson, who leads NATO’s Resolute Support mission in Afghanistan, said the Afghan security troops, which took over from the US in 2014, remain under constant pressure from the insurgents.
Many government troops have died following Taliban raids on their checkpoints, where they have been able to overwhelm the poorly-trained, poorly-equipped and poorly-led Afghan forces, the general said.
“This is a positive in the sense of the majority of the population’s under control of the government forces, and this is primarily the population centers and so on. And then the enemy is primarily in more rural areas that have less impact on the future of the country,” Nicholson said during a Pentagon press conference.
Kabul is in control of biggest population centers, but there is a lack of stability in some areas as the Taliban’s raid on the city of Kunduz a year ago proved. This led to a major embarrassment for the US, who bombed an MSF-run hospital while trying to help Afghan troops retake the city.
The city is currently controlled by the government, but the Taliban have managed to capture the Chahar Dara district of the Kunduz province just a few kilometers from the provincial capital,according to Deutsche Welle.
Kabul controls roughly 70 percent of the country and its battle against the Taliban is turning into a stalemate, according to Marine Corps Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
The US and its allies have station 14,000 troops in Afghanistan. Washington’s contingent of 9,800 will drop to 8,400 by the end of the year. After handing over control to the Afghan government in 2014, US troops have remained in the country to provide training and air support. All fighting on the ground is carried out by their Afghan counterparts.
these guys talk in decades not years..they have patience..
“a top US commander fears the extremist group could potential rule over a third of Afghans following gains from the US-supported government in Kabul.”
so all that pain and loss of life and billions spent will ultimately lead to the same status as when the war began?