General Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, in a pentagon press conference, said that the Taliban have got momentum in the past eight to ten months and is now controlling half of the districts in Afghanistan.

Mark Milley

As over 190 districts out of 419 districts have fallen to the Taliban, the top US Army officer says that this will be now a test for the leadership and people of Afghanistan.

The fighters are yet to topple any provincial capitals of 34 provinces though; they are creating the impression that their victory over the Kabul government is inevitable, said Mark Milley.

The US chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff also said, though the end game is not written yet in Afghanistan there are possibilities of both negotiated settlement with the Taliban and a complete takeover by the group.

US Defense Minister Lloyd Austin meanwhile said that their post-withdrawal military efforts will be for countering terrorist threats, not the Taliban.

Austin said that the US focus is to make sure terrorism is not exported from Afghanistan and threats the United States. He added US will not only maintain the capability to observe terrorism but will also address it in case it appears from Afghanistan.

Secretary Austin asked the Taliban to meet their commitments made during signing the US-Taliban accord as this is the only way that can give them legitimacy.

The top US military officer and official talks about the Taliban’s momentum one day after Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said that a six-month security scheme has been prepared which will change the security situation over the country.


  • Najibullah Lalzoy is a journalist and editor at Khaama Press. He has a BA degree in journalism.