Afghanistan Analysts Network – English

AAN in the Media

Afghans’ choice as US departs: Weak government, or hated Taliban

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Christian Science Monitor, 2 July 2021

This article quotes from a recent AAN report by Kate Clark and Obaid Ali:

Indeed, a report today by the Afghanistan Analysts Network (AAN) pointed to government “neglect and incompetence” as much as “Taliban strength,” as a reason for the insurgents’ recent lightning advances.

Widespread Taliban attacks as the U.S. withdrew were “expected, but the scale of and speed of the [Afghan security force] collapse was not,” AAN reported.

President Biden’s April announcement of an unconditional, swift U.S. troop withdrawal “shifted the balance and nature of the conflict suddenly and decisively” in the Taliban’s favor, the AAN report said.