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    Taliban on verge of victory? Still withdrawal from Afghanistan was right

    The Afghan national security forces, stretched, broken, and tired after years of operations in the field, have seen a string of defeats over the last month. After capturing dozens of districts in the countryside, the Taliban have taken their fight into Afghanistan’s provincial capitals, bottling up Afghan troops who are often confronted with long sieges and little to no reinforcements. In just over a week, the Taliban have captured the vast majority of Afghanistan’s provincial capitals. Taliban fighters are now in Kabul, effectively imposing surrender terms on a now-defunct Afghan government. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, meanwhile, has reportedly fled the country.

    Afghanistan’s security situation is undoubtedly getting worse. Those who oppose the Biden administration’s decision to withdraw all U.S. forces by late August are using the bevy of bad news to press their case for why Washington should continue to stay in the country. Five former U.S. ambassadors to Afghanistan counseled the U.S. to “prevent the defeat and collapse of the Afghan state” until a reasonable diplomatic resolution is possible.

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