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Afghanistan descends into chaos after Western forces withdraw

10th August 2021 - 01:49 GMT | by Gordon Arthur in Christchurch


The Afghan Air Force currently has 23 operational A-29 Super Tucanos. (US DoD)

The Taliban is securing enormous swathes of territory in Afghanistan, as the West pulls out and says enough is enough.

Afghanistan is plunging into turbulence as Taliban units sweep across whole districts, capturing key towns across the country. This Taliban resurgence leaves the country teetering on the edge of anarchy.

The Afghan National Defence and Security Forces (ANDSF) have been overwhelmed since the Taliban launched its offensive in May. The campaign started gradually, picking up momentum from June onwards.

The spectre of Afghanistan returning to pre-2001 days, when the Taliban ruled with an iron fist, is now not inconceivable.

The Taliban’s success was precipitated by President Joe Biden’s announcement on 14 April that he was withdrawing 8,600 remaining US troops

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Gordon Arthur


Gordon Arthur

Gordon Arthur was the Asia Pacific editor for Shephard Media. Born in Scotland and educated …

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