Afghan Forces: Foreign Troop Withdrawal Bears Vacuum
Afghan Security and Defense Forces attributed what they term as their "tactical withdrawal" to the "vacuum" created from the withdrawal of foreign troops from Afghanistan.
The ANDSF (Afghan National Defense & Security Forces) announced on Wednesday its "tactical withdrawal" from some regions, clarifying that this was due to "the vacuum created by the withdrawal of foreign troops."
It also stressed its opposition to the "Taliban" movement, which has continuously announced the expansion of its control on a number of governorates in the country during the past weeks.
ANDSF Spokesman Ajmal Omar Shinwari stated in a press conference that "the withdrawal of foreign troops, whether we like it or not, has left a vacuum in the country," pointing out, "We have already analyzed the current situation, and have taken the necessary precautions, but there will still be tactical withdrawals in some areas."
He added that "the soldiers that entered Tajikistan because of the pressure of war are set to return home in the coming days."
Regarding the situation in Afghan Badghis, which neighbors Turkmenistan, Ministry of Defense Spokesman Fouad Aman said, "the capital of Badghis Province has been cleared of terrorists, and the terrorists have suffered great losses," asserting that "the entirety of the city will be cleared of terrorists."
Provincial Governor Hesamuddin Shams declared they have stopped the "Taliban" onslaught in Qala-e-Naw, the provincial capital, and that the "Taliban" has had to retreat in some areas.
Washington announced yesterday that it completed the withdrawal of over 90% of American forces in Afghanistan after an order by President Biden to withdraw from the country. Washington began to implement the order in early May, after 20 years of occupying the country that the "Taliban had ruled."
Before the complete withdrawal of the forces, US Forces Afghanistan Commander General Austin S. Miller warned of the danger of the country falling into civil war due to increasing insecurity and "Taliban's" control over vast areas of Afghanistan. Instabilities especially stretch onto the border area with Tajikistan, which resulted in close to 1000 soldiers fleeing the fighting and crossing the latter's borders.