What Taliban advances could mean for the future of Afghanistan

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What Taliban advances could mean for the future of Afghanistan
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What Taliban advances could mean for the future of Afghanistan
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With U.S. ground forces in Afghanistan set to leave the country by the end of August and Taliban fighters quickly gaining a foothold in the country, CBS News senior foreign correspondent Charlie D’Agata says confrontation between a fragile Afghan government and Taliban insurgents is looming.

“The important thing is how quickly [the U.S. withdrawal] has accelerated the disintegration of Afghanistan,” D’Agata told CBS News chief Washington correspondent Major Garrett in this week’s episode of “The Takeout” podcast. “There is a two-minute offense that the Taliban were starting to implement… it has stunned everybody — the Afghans, Americans, the White House — how quickly the Taliban advance in the offensive has gone on in the past six weeks or so.”

This week’s departure of General Scott Miller, the longest serving commander in Afghanistan, marked the symbolic end of the U.S. military mission in the country. Taliban militants continue to surround provincial capitals “waiting for the last American soldier to leave before pulling the trigger [on further military action],” D’Agata said.

D’Agata said that the Afghan government may have no choice but to negotiate a long-term solution with Taliban leaders.

“There may be a diplomatic solution, but the Afghan government, the Afghan people, sadly, are really going to be staring down any kind of negotiations through the barrel of a gun,” D’Agata said, adding that the endgame of the Taliban is to run Afghanistan’s government and to remove what it sees as a puppet government that favors U.S. political interests.

D’Agata also said younger Afghans are afraid of more war and destruction, including a potential “rewinding of the clock” that could push girls out of school and return the country to Sharia Law.

You can read the rest of Jacob Rosen’s article at CBSnews.com

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