The Taliban’s swift takeover of Afghanistan was the outcome of not only their strong point on the battleground and a policy in the rural areas but of a morale collapse among an undeserved Afghan army. In spite of the twenty years and $83 Bn cost training of Afghan forces by the United States of America, in several provinces, the army collapsed so swiftly and totally, in few cases without a single shot fired. They grasped not only political power but also America-supplied ammunition, firepower, and helicopters.
The Afghan Taliban occupied an array of advanced materiel when its fighters overran Afghan troops who failed to protect high-density core areas. Huge gains followed, including combat planes, when the Taliban gained control of provincial capitals and military stations with stunning swiftness, outdone by taking over the capital of Afghanistan, Kabul, the biggest surprise, over the weekend.
What Biden can’t sidestep: Billions in American money spent on weapons for the Afghan Army now directly in the hands of Islamic extremists & terrorists. Like these ScanEagle drones loaded like potato sacks into a truck after the Taliban raided the abandoned Kunduz base: pic.twitter.com/80bV1PwnBn
— Shiv Aroor (@ShivAroor) August 17, 2021
On Monday, an American Defense official confirmed that the Taliban’s unanticipated gathering of American-supplied Afghan military equipment is vast. However, the official wasn’t permitted to converse the issue publicly.
America’s failure to produce a defensible Afghan military and law enforcement force, and the reasons for the collapse, will be assessed for years by military analysts. However, the basic dimensions are evident and aren’t unlike what happened in the Republic of Iraq.
Biden says “Taliban Takeover is Inevitable”
Furthermore, on Monday, John Kirby, Chief spokesman for U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, said that money could not purchase will and leadership. Lt. Gen. Douglas Edward, who assist direct Afghan-war tactics during the Barack Obama and George W. Bush governments, said that what the Afghani people received in perceptible assets they lacked in the more critical intangible resources.
With over 0.3M personnel and more modern equipment than the Taliban’s arsenal, Afghan military troops were formidable, but on paper. Instead, they’d been plagued by corruption, poor leadership, payoffs, lack of training, and plummeting confidence for several years.
Moreover, by contrast, the Taliban insurgents, with less sophisticated armaments and no air force, proved an irresistible force. But unfortunately, American intelligence agencies largely undervalued the scope of that superiority, and even after Joe Biden, the U.S. President, declared in April he was pulling out all American forces, the intelligence bureaus didn’t anticipate an Afghan Taliban last attack that would succeed so remarkably.
In July, a reporter asked Mr. President Joe Biden whether a Taliban takeover was inevitable; he said No, it’s not because the Afghan forces have 0.3M well-equipped, as well-resourced as any Army worldwide, and an Air Force against only 75000 Afghan Taliban. It’s not inevitable.
On another question of the reporter, whether Mr. Biden trusts Taliban, he said No, he doesn’t. But he trusts the capability of the Afghan army, which is well trained, well-equipped, and “more capable in terms of conducting war.”