Taliban’s Stunning Takeover of Afghanistan: What Next?

Within days, events took a dramatic turn in Afghanistan. The speed and ease of Taliban lightening quick takeover of major urban centers has shocked the international community and regional stakeholder. The collapse of Afghan National Army (ANA) which handed over the country to the Taliban without fighting is, however, not surprising. It was probable but not so rapidly that it, the Afghan army, allowed the Taliban to march unopposed towards Kabul. The Taliban have taken over political power as President Ashraf Ghani left Afghanistan. Read More….

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