The Taliban seem to have the "strategic momentum" in their sweeping offensives throughout Afghanistan, however their victory is way from assured, the chairman of the US joint chiefs of workers General Mark Milley has stated.
The militants now management about half of Afghanistan's roughly 400 districts, however not one of the nation's densely populated foremost cities, Mr Milley advised a press convention.
Afghan safety forces are "consolidating their forces" to guard these main city facilities, he added.
"They're taking an approach to protect the population, and most of the population lives in the provincial capitals and capital city of Kabul," Mr Milley stated.
"A Taliban automatic military takeover is not a foregone conclusion."
Chairman of the US joint chiefs of workers General Mark Milley addressed the media, pic: Getty
Though the Afghan military has been skilled and geared up by the United States, and estimates present it vastly outnumbers the Taliban's ranks, Mr Milley stated numbers usually are not all it takes to win a warfare.
"The two most important combat multipliers actually are will and leadership. And this is going to be a test now of the will and leadership of the Afghan people, the Afghan security forces and the government of Afghanistan," he stated.
The Taliban are surging throughout Afghanistan, snapping up territory, seizing border crossings and encircling cities, with the withdrawal of US-led international troops all however full.
General Mark Milley stated the Taliban seem to have gained 'strategic momentum'
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Their success has examined the morale of the Afghan military, already battered by years of shockingly excessive casualties and, extra lately, the choice by worldwide troops to depart.
Mr Milley's feedback got here hours after the Taliban stated they might battle solely to defend themselves over the Muslim vacation of Eid al-Adha, however stopped in need of declaring a proper ceasefire.
In latest years, the militants have declared a pause in combating with authorities forces over Islamic holidays.
President Ashraf Ghani stated yesterday that the Taliban had proved "they have no will and intention for peace," with negotiations between the 2 warring sides reaching little.
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