Yet Another Failed Strategy of a Failed Military
20 August 2016
By Al-Ikhwah Al-Mujahidun
Of late the secret visitations of high ranking American Generals to
Afghanistan has increased. Two weeks ago the American Secretary of Defense
secretly visited Afghanistan and met with officials of the Kabul regime. Later
it was announced that American forces will have more freedom to bombard and
raid locations in Afghanistan. Similarly the mandate of top commander in
Afghanistan General Nicholson was increased giving him more leeway to
conduct his brutal business. This was met with much acclaim within the regime
Last week it was reported that the American Joint Chief of Staffs General
Dunford also secretly and unexpectedly arrived at Afghanistan and made
statements to the effect that Taliban operations have reduced of late and they
are not able to face Afghan and American troops in the battlefield.
Prior to this the top American commander in Afghanistan General Nicholson
had stated that they were increasing their activities against the Taliban to
compel them towards the negotiation table.
All this obviously runs counter to the truth. Did the Americans really
increase their activities against the Islamic Emirate to force them towards
the negotiation table?
It is mutually contradictory that on the one hand the Americans are granting
their troops more freedom to attack the Taliban and reversing their drawdown
while on the other hand claiming that Taliban are unable to face regime forces
in the battlefield. If the Taliban were facing military defeat then the
Americans would have simply continued with their planned drawdown and simply
watched the war from afar.
The truth of the matter is that the Americans are highly perturbed by the
rapid collapse of the regime forces in the battlefield and have concluded that
unless American troops stay and increase their attacks, the Taliban will
overrun large parts of the country and precipitate the collapse of the
Over the past year American hawks have been significantly disturbed by the
rapidly deteriorating situation and the imminent collapse of their favorite
regime. Last year the soldiers of Islamic Emirate overran Konduz city, a
provincial capital. According to American admissions, the Taliban now control
more territory in Afghanistan than at any point since the 2001 US-led
invasion. Recent estimates put Taliban controlled or highly contested areas at
40 per cent.
It is ironic that the estimates of Taliban controlled territory has increased
since the martyrdom of the esteemed Mullah Akhtar Muhammad Mansour. All this
while the American generals are claiming that the Taliban have lost their
mettle since the death of their previous overall leader.
In reality the American commanders have been exasperated and confounded by
their longest war. They are tired and infuriated by their failure to defeat
the Taliban. Every strategy put in place has only strengthened their enemy.
Their decision to target the late Amir ul momineen was driven by nothing more
than lack of better ideas. They have arrived at the same conclusion as Stalin
who famously said that 'death solves everything'.
Unfortunately for the Americans, this death only made matters worse for them.
So now on the one hand they have to increase their troops levels and once
again actively take part in the war long declared over, while on the other
they have to rebuke criticism of their failed strategy by making naοve
statements that the Taliban have somehow been miraculously defeated after the
martyrdom of their late leader.