How The Taliban Took Over Afghanistan So Quickly

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Research fellow for land warfare and military sciences at the Royal United Services Institute, Jack Watling, said: “The Taliban would infiltrate urban areas, assassinating key people like pilots, threatening the families of commanders, saying if you capitulate, you’ll save your family. ″A lot of people, because they lacked confidence that Kabul would be able to save them, capitulated.” He added that an increasing number of people chose this option, “so there was very little fighting, which is why it suddenly happened so fast”. Watling added: “The speed is not a reflection of military capability, it is a reflection of a collapse in will to fight.”


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