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The Afghan government on Tuesday said that the Afghan National Security and Defense Forces (ANDSF) recaptured three strategic districts from the Taliban: Balkh district in Balkh, Dushi district in Baghlan and Ali Abad district in Kunduz.
However, local sources said that over the past 24 hours the Taliban has captured several districts from the ANDSF in the country.
The districts which fell to the Taliban are Gul Tapa, Ali Abad and Chahardara districts in Kunduz, Baghlan-e-Markazi and Nahrain districts in Baghlan, Khamab and Qarqin districts in Jawzjan, Jaghato in Maidan Wardak, Lajmangal and Ahmadkhel in Paktia, Shajoy in Zabul, Maiwand in Kandahar and Choora in Uruzgan.
In the northern part of the country, fighting continues in these provincial capitals: Kunduz city in Kunduz, Maimana in Faryab, Taluqan in Takhar, Pul-e-Khumri in Baghlan and Sar-e-Pul city in Sar-e-Pul.

“If the central government does not take action, we will lose Samkanai, Janikhel and all of Paktia,” said Taj Mohammad Mangal, a member of Paktia's provincial council.
“All problems will be resolved very soon,” said Ajmal Omar Shinwari, a spokesman for the ANDSF.

Hm sounds like reports coming out the now extinct S Vietnam back in the day. Similar situation-corrupt US client state-ghost soldiers-remaining soldiers have poor morale unwilling to fight & die for their corrupt leadership.

US response:https://news.antiwar.com/2021/06/22/us-could-slow-afghanista...
Pentagon spokesman John Kirby on Monday suggested that the US is considering slowing down the pace of the Afghanistan withdrawal due to gains made by the Taliban in recent fighting against the Afghan government.
Confirmed here:https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/us-could-slow-afghan-wi...

I can see the plan here. US troops linger. Taliban fed up with infidels remaining, violating their promise to leave much earlier. Some American soldiers are killed. US government claims this must not stand and decides to remain to combat the violent Taliban. Besides it would be embarrassing to have your client state fall within a month or two after you had left especially after spending billions on it.
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https://responsiblestatecraft.org/2021/06/23/rough-waters-ah...

The Taliban has taken over 40 districts and more territory everyday — including key provincial centers and yesterday, the country’s main border crossing with Tajikistan.

Meanwhile, the Pentagon seems really restless and squirmy with the idea of fully leaving Afghanistan — despite all of its modulated talk to the contrary.

the New York Times reported that there is an active “debate” going on in the Pentagon over whether or not the military should seek authorization to conduct airstrikes to protect the capital of Kabul or other key Afghan cities like Kandahar that are vulnerable to Taliban takeover.

If the military is given the authorization to provide air support to Afghanistan say, if Kabul is about to fall, then it will need some sort of basing.

This is music to lawmakers ears, of course, particularly the ones who did not want to get out of Afghanistan in the first place.


https://news.antiwar.com/2021/06/23/us-intelligence-says-kab...
US Intelligence Says Kabul Could Fall 6 Months After Pullout

That is a VERY optimistic forecast IMO. Unless we stay which could happen as “The optics of the US withdrawing as the Taliban is making large gains does not look good for Washington.” But Biden brought this on himself to obtain a 9/11 photo op:”President Biden created the current situation by pushing back the original May 1st withdrawal deadline to September 11th. Before May, violence was raging, but the Taliban had not made moves to take such significant territory.”
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Segment on the news last night: USian official insisting the US is not "withdrawing" from Afghanistan, only withdrawing the "military presence".

Steve...remembers how withdrawing the "military presence" worked in Nam.
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