August 9, 2021
I never believed the city would collapse to the Taliban. But it happened in one night. It’s like seeing our nightmares turn into reality.Afghan resident identified only as Massoud, a university employee in Sar-e-Pul – one of several key cities taken over by the Taliban.
- The Taliban have taken over 5 provincial capitals.
- While the U.S. has attempted support through airstrikes, the Taliban remain embedded in cities with high civilian populations, making potential strikes dangerous to the local population.
- Why It Matters: While the United States withdraws from Afghanistan in the nation's longest war, the Taliban surge continues in strategic parts of the country – threatening full collapse of the Afghanistan government.
by Jenna Lee,