As the United States’ full military withdrawal approaches, a prolonged civil war in Afghanistan is more likely than a quick Taliban takeover, according to a former US ambassador to Kabul. Insurgents have seized five provincial capitals in a fast advance since Friday, about a month before the 20th anniversary of the September 11 attacks that triggered the US-led war.
“A long civil war is more likely than the Taliban seizing control of the entire country. They’re doing a great job with this. “They’re not going to conduct massive strikes into Kabul,” Ryan Crocker, a former US ambassador to Afghanistan, told ABC’s “This Week.”
Legislators, security sources, and residents in the cities verified that Kunduz, Sar-e-Pul, and Taloqan in the north all fell within hours of each other on Sunday. Kunduz is the Taliban’s most major victory since they launched an attack in May when international forces began to withdraw.
It has long been a target for the Taliban, who temporarily took control of the city in 2015 and again in 2016, but were never able to maintain control for long.
“They’re doing what they’re doing in part to instill fear and worry in the public. They’re doing fantastically well “Crocker went on to say something about the Taliban.
The evacuation of foreign forces is set to terminate at the end of this month, and Crocker said he couldn’t imagine a scenario in which the US would send troops back.
“That has been stated by Vice President (Joe) Biden. We’re out and about, and we’re going to remain out “Added the diplomat. “He is the owner of the property. It’s already a permanent blemish on his administration.”