What Taliban Advances Could Mean for Afghanistan’s Future – “The Takeout”
As US ground forces in Afghanistan are expected to leave the country by the end of August and Taliban fighters are rapidly gaining a foothold in the country, Charlie D’Agata, CBS News’s main foreign interlocutor, said the confrontation between a fragile Afghan government and Taliban insurgents looming.
“The important thing is to know how fast [the U.S. withdrawal] accelerated the disintegration of Afghanistan, “D’Agata told CBS News Washington chief correspondent Major Garrett in this week’s episode of” The Takeout. “- Afghans, Americans, the White House – how fast has the Taliban’s advance in the offensive continued over the past six weeks or so. ”
The departure this week of General Scott Miller, the longest serving commander in Afghanistan, marked the symbolic end of the US military mission in the country. Taliban militants continue to surround provincial capitals “awaiting the departure of the last American soldier before pulling the trigger [on further military action]”said D’Agata.
D’Agata said the Afghan government may have no choice but to negotiate a long-term solution with the Taliban leadership.
“There may be a diplomatic solution, but the Afghan government, the Afghan people, unfortunately, are really going to watch any kind of negotiations through the barrel of a gun,” D’Agata said, adding that the end of the The Taliban’s game is to lead the Afghan government and suppress what it sees as a puppet government that promotes American political interests.
D’Agata also said young Afghans fear more war and destruction, including a potential “turn back in time” that could cause girls to drop out of school and bring the country back to Sharia.
More than 19,000 Afghans have applied for and received special immigrant visas (SIVs) for their work assisting US military forces over the past 20 years. But the federal government has been slow to process these requests.who helped American forces are among those waiting for a ticket to America. They and their families are waiting under threat of Taliban violence.
D’Agata said the families’ processing backlog is so large that “if they started now and we hit the full sprint, it would take almost five years just to clear the backlog.”
This week, the Biden administration launched “Operation Allies Refuge,” a program to move SIV seekers out of Afghanistan while their cases are processed. Flights from Afghanistan to as yet unknown countries or territories will begin at the end of July.
Highlights from this week’s episode:
- From Agata on Taliban control in Afghanistan: “It amazed everyone – the Afghans, the Americans, the White House – how quickly the Taliban’s advance in the offensive has continued over the past six weeks or so.”
- Potential for a diplomatic solution between the Taliban and the Afghan government: “I don’t really see a diplomatic solution. There may be a diplomatic solution, but the Afghan government, the Afghan people, unfortunately, are really going to watch all kinds of negotiations through the barrel of a gun.”
- Motives of the Taliban in the reconquest of Afghanistan: “They feel they are fighting on behalf of Afghanistan itself. They feel that they are the real Afghanistan, that the Afghan government is a puppet government that was put in place by the Western powers, namely the United States. So, yes, they are an insurgency, but as far as they are concerned, they are the real Afghans. ”
- Help Afghan interpreters who have worked with the U.S. military to: “If they started now and we hit the full sprint, it would take almost five years just to clear the backlog. So they’re going to have to speed things up. They’re looking at seventy thousand people, if you include families. Nineteen thousand interpreters and their families.