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The Afghan government replaced the army chief of staff for the third time in more than a year, highlighting the chaos in the country as the Taliban swept the government’s security forces.
General Wali Mohamed Ahmedzai was appointed as Chief of Staff of the Army in June and was replaced by General Shibatullah Alizai on Wednesday as the Taliban are getting closer Surrounding Kabul And forced President Ashraf Ghani’s government to surrender
When the U.S. prepares to withdraw its last army, the Islamic insurgents have already occupied Nine provincial capitals And seized control of Kunduz Airport.
Fierce fighting took place around the northern towns of Mazar-i-Sharif and Ghazni, which is located on the highway from western Afghanistan to Kabul.
However, many analysts expressed doubts about the leadership changes in the armed forces Will do a lot To support the Afghan army, many of them seem to have disappeared under the onslaught of the insurgents.
A senior Pakistani official told the British “Financial Times”: “Things like this have to make a difference. It’s really late now.”
The Afghans fleeing the fierce fighting and the punishment of the Taliban triggered a warning from the United Nations that the imminent Humanitarian crisisThe United Nations estimated in late July that 270,000 people have been displaced by the conflict this year.
The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, warned that if hostilities do not stop, “the situation that is already bad for so many Afghans will get worse”.
Critics accuse the United States of deciding to withdraw its troops from Bagram Air Force Base and withdraw its troops for the Taliban’s rapid victory.
But diplomats said that even if the Afghan national army enjoys full logistical support from the US military and air cover, the insurgent group has been slowly occupying the Afghan security forces.
“Are we surprised that a force that just happened to keep up with the Taliban began to collapse? Obviously not,” a Western diplomat said.
The United States has been urging Pakistan to use its influence on the Taliban to promote a peace agreement. But the relationship between Washington and Islamabad has deteriorated.
Last week, Imran Khan’s Security consultant complains Joe Biden didn’t bother to call the Prime Minister of Pakistan.
On Wednesday, Khan said that the United States believes that his country is only “useful in the context of some sort of resolution of this chaos, which has been left behind after 20 years of trying to find a military solution without a military solution”.
Pakistan has played an ambiguous role in Afghanistan for a long time. Washington and the Afghan government believe that Islamabad secretly supports the Taliban, even if it publicly claims to support the peace process supported by the United States.
Pakistani Information Minister Fawad Chowdhury told reporters: “The people of Afghanistan and the United States must ask what their government is. The United States spent more than $1 trillion in the war in Afghanistan. Why is the Afghan army torn apart like leaves?”
Biden said this week that he No regrets He decided to withdraw from the U.S. forces, and the Afghans should unite against the Taliban, who are restoring strict Islamic laws in the areas they occupy.
Additional reporting by Farhan Bokhari in Islamabad