Feature image – Where does Afghanistan go from here?
[ Editor’s note: The Taliban is moving quickly, as that is to its advantage. A lot of high level Afghanis will be headed toward the airport with suitcases full of cash that long fighting Taliban troops would love to have.
There should be no reason for an intensive battle to pursue for the city. If it is cut off and cannot be resupplied, the Taliban can negotiate slowly if it wants.
That said, if it does want control of the city, that means it will be responsible for provisions and keeping it running, which means paying for things. The Taliban typically would claim all government accounts, but you can be assured that all hard currency holdings are not sitting in Kabul banks waiting for the Taliban to grab them.
The poker game for Kabul now begins, and interest will shift to learning where the Taliban’s material support comes from, money and military supplies. It is all captured, or does it have established supply lines?
Biden needs this problem right now like a hole in the head. Trump will be jumping for joy claiming that Biden ruined his “purrrfect deal with Afghanistan,” which actually was a disaster, as we are seeing… Jim W. Dean ]
First published … August 14, 2021
Staff at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul are being swiftly evacuated to the international airport as the Taliban close in on the capital city, one person familiar with the situation told POLITICO.
Some of the staff members have already arrived at the airport, this person said, protected by U.S. troops ahead of a likely onslaught by the militants who have swept across the country in recent days.