VOA: US Admits Afghanistan ‘Not Going in the Right Direction’

Afghan Taliban Militants (Wikipedia)


Afghanistan is not going as the USA seemingly hoped and some USA officials are threatening isolation:

US vows to isolate Taliban if they take power by force

August 10, 2021

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A U.S. peace envoy brought a warning to the Taliban on Tuesday that any government that comes to power through force in Afghanistan won’t be recognized internationally after a series of cities fell to the insurgent group in stunningly quick succession.

Zalmay Khalilzad, the U.S. envoy, traveled to Doha, Qatar, where the Taliban maintain a political office, to tell the group that there was no point in pursuing victory on the battlefield because a military takeover of the capital of Kabul would guarantee they will be global pariahs. He and others hope to persuade Taliban leaders to return to peace talks with the Afghan government as American and NATO forces finish their pullout from the country.

The insurgents have captured five out of 34 provincial capitals in the country in less than a week. They are now battling the Western-backed government for control of several others, including Lashkar Gah in Helmand, and Kandahar and Farah in provinces of the same names.

After a 20-year Western military mission and billions of dollars spent training and shoring up Afghan forces, many are at odds to explain why the regular forces have collapsed, fleeing the battle sometimes by the hundreds. The fighting has fallen largely to small groups of elite forces and the Afghan air force.

The success of the Taliban blitz has added urgency to the need to restart the long-stalled talks that could end the fighting and move Afghanistan toward an inclusive interim administration. https://apnews.com/article/middle-east-taliban-e5288f8c0a5d48677f703dbc40c22d3a

US Admits Afghanistan ‘Not Going in the Right Direction’

August 9, 2021 8:20 pm

WASHINGTON – The combination of U.S. over-the-horizon military capabilities and Afghan security forces appear to be no match for Taliban fighters in Afghanistan, who continue to beat back better-equipped and more numerous government troops in a bid to exert control over the war-torn country.

U.S. officials Monday called the situation on the ground in Afghanistan “deeply concerning,” pointing to the Taliban takeover of five provincial capitals in a 72-hour-period, something that has not gone unnoticed at the highest echelons of the Pentagon.

Afghanistan “is clearly not going in the right direction,” Pentagon press secretary John Kirby admitted to reporters, saying U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin “shares the concern of the international community.”

“The secretary continues to believe that the Afghan forces have the capability, they have the capacity to make a big difference on the battlefield,” Kirby added.

But that belief has so far failed to stem a Taliban offensive that has seen its fighters roll back Afghan security forces, growing stronger along the way.

“The gains they’ve made have allowed them to capture equipment and free prisoners, which is having an effect on expanding their military power,” a U.S. official told VOA on the condition of anonymity, given the sensitive nature of the information.

The U.S. has repeatedly tried to bolster the Afghan security, initially by using airstrikes to target stolen equipment and vehicles, and increasingly to push back Taliban fighters themselves.

Over the past week, according to U.S. officials, airstrikes have concentrated on hitting Taliban forces advancing on key cities like Kandahar, Herat and Lashkar Gah, where they have engaged Afghan special forces in fierce fighting. …

The Taliban are finding other ways to blunt the impact of U.S. airpower, as well, convincing some Afghan forces to flee quickly or to not fight at all.

Asked by VOA what the U.S. could do in such situations, Kirby said, bluntly, “Not much.” …

“The Taliban were allowed to preposition their forces,” an international official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, told VOA, noting the freedom of movement the Taliban enjoyed following the signing of the Doha Agreement with Washington last year. …

There is also no guarantee that Afghan officials would be able to count on U.S. airstrikes for help for much longer, with the authorization for strikes in support of Afghan security forces set to expire when the U.S. drawdown is done at the end of the month. https://www.voanews.com/us-afghanistan-troop-withdrawal/us-admits-afghanistan-not-going-right-direction

The Taliban believes that they are winning and are probably laughing about their coming punishment, if successful, being isolation.

The Taliban were isolated before, internationally by many, and that is not something that they are overly concerned about.

Overall, the Taliban are thrilled that they outlasted the USA, which was their stated strategy for the past 20 years.

They felt they would defeat the USA eventually as they were sure that the USA would give up.

Basically, that is what happened.

Notice something posted here on January 1, 2009:

the following truly is from Nostradamus, and followed with the Comment from a Catholic writer named Yves Dupont:

Quatrain 50:

Under the sign of Libra, America shall reign, Shall hold power in the sky and on land, Shall never perish under Asian forces, Until seven Pontificates have passed. (Yves Dupont, p.94)

Comment: As a great world power, the U.S.A. began its “reign” during the first World War–but it was not the greatest world power; in 1918 … In 1945, however, the U.S.A. was, by and large, the greatest world power. I think it is from the reign of Pius XII that the seven Pontificates must be counted, and this brings us to the last Pope according to St. Malachy’s list–when the world will end. (comment is from the Catholic writer Yves Dupont personally in 1973, Catholic Prophecy: The Coming Chastisement, p.94)

It appears that these Catholic writings suggest that the end of the USA will thus be in the 21st century as that is when the last pope would need to appear. As far as Asian forces go, this could be interpreted to include terrorists from places like Afghanistan and others parts of Asia (Thiel B. Nostradamus’ Predictions of Obama: A Hoax? COGwriter, January 1, 2009)

Now with the USA mainly pulling out, America has been defeated by “Asian forces.” And irrespective of Nostradamus’ writings, the end of the USA is near (watch Is the USA prophesied to be destroyed by 2028?).

Back on 1/27/18, I posted:

Islamists figured out some time ago that they can often outlast the USA if they wait long enough. Although President Obama said that the Taliban was defeated, it does not act like it accepted that ‘defeat.’ (Thiel B. Taliban terrorist kills close to 100 in Afghanistan. COGwriter, January 27, 2018)

It was back in 2012, that Barack Obama essentially claimed victory for the USA in Afghanistan (cf. https://www.breitbart.com/national-security/2012/05/01/obama-afghanistan-speech/).

I have warned for some time that the situation in Afghanistan was not going as well as the USA has publicly declared or hoped.

Back on March 9, 2013 (see Taliban suicide bombing in Afghanistan: Considered to be a warning?), I wrote:

Unless the USA keeps enough troops in Afghanistan (which it is not intending to do), the situation there will change to something that the USA has claimed that it does not want. The Taliban, other Islamic groups, and tribal leaders will pretty much insure that.

Notice another news item from the past:

October 26, 2014

Officials with the U.S.-led coalition say the Afghan forces held their own this summer fighting season and did not lose any significant ground.

“I’m cautiously optimistic they will be able to sustain themselves,” said Brig. Gen Daniel Yoo, the commander of Regional Command (Southwest), said of the Afghan forces.

He said the success of the Afghan security army and police depended on leadership, continued development of logistics and confidence.

“They’ve got to want it more than we do,” he said of Afghan forces that have been losing hundreds of soldiers and policemen each month in battles, assassinations and suicide attacks by insurgents. http://www.voanews.com/content/afghanistan-troop-withdrawal-us-marines-british-combat-forces/2496918.html

In response to the above on October 26, 2014 (see USA and UK cease combat operations in Afghanistan: What’s next?), I wrote:

The ceasing of combat operations by the UK and USA is not a victory in Afghanistan. It is a pause so that troops can be pulled out. It will not bring real peace to the region. At least some in Afghanistan will likely support the rise of a leader that the Bible refers to as the final King of the South.

On April 22, 2015, I wrote (see Taliban to begin new offensive in Afghanistan):

The USA did not defeat the Taliban in Afghanistan–it basically ‘kicked the can further down the road.’ After seeing what happened to Iraq after the USA ceased ‘combat operations’ this should make it clear that Afghanistan is not secure. …

Since the Bible prophesies terrorism and we may well see more coming in and/or from Afghanistan.

On January 10, 2016, I posted (see VOA: ‘A Try for Peace in Afghanistan as 4 Nations Meet’):

The Taliban wants to control Afghanistan. They do not just want peace in some section. The “political solution” that Afghanistan needs is the Kingdom of God. …

There will be no lasting peace in Afghanistan. As I have repeatedly written, Afghanistan needs the Kingdom of God.

Expect to see some shifts in Afghanistan as it likely will give some support to the final caliphate known as the King of the South of Bible prophecy (Daniel 11:40-43).

In April, 2017, US President Donald Trump authorized the dropping of something sometimes called ‘the mother of all bombs’ in Afghanistan against suspected terrorists. Here is something I wrote about that (see M.O.A.B. Apocalypse? Trump triggering WWIII? ‘North Korea threatens pre-emptive nuclear strike’):

The release of M.O.A.B. on Afghanistan seems to be another message. … What Donald Trump has been doing is NOT about to spark WWIII …

The bomb sent a message that Donald Trump would be willing to take military action, it did not spark WWIII, but it also did not stop terrorism in Afghanistan.

On June 3, 2017, I posted (see Afghanistan: Clashes, terror, quagmire, and death):

The situation in Afghanistan is not encouraging.

There will be no lasting peace in Afghanistan–though a temporal peace is likely to affect it and elsewhere (cf. Daniel 9:27; see also The ‘Peace Deal’ of Daniel 9:27).

Afghanistan has been called the USA’s longest running war. And the USA has not been able to bring peace. Afghanistan is a mountainous region that is broken up into various tribal areas. Afghanistan was a financial drain on the old Soviet Union and some believe that this is part of the reason the Soviet Union finally broke up.

Afghanistan is not secure. Afghanistan needs the Kingdom of God.

On April 15, 2021, I posted the following:

Now with the USA apparently going to pull all troops out with the Taliban active and anticipating further action, in a sense, then America has been defeated by “Asian forces.” …

The situation in Afghanistan is going to change. I believe that more terrorists will be trained in Afghanistan. …

Changes will come to Afghanistan and the end of the USA is coming relatively soon. (Thiel B. BBC: Afghanistan: ‘We have won the war, America has lost’, say Taliban, COGwriter.com, April 15, 2021)

The Bible prophesies terrorism and we will be seeing terrorism in (and from) Afghanistan as part of a confederation against the USA and at least some of its British-descended allies (see also Psalm 83, Why Terrorism? Is Terrorism Prophesied?, and Is the Future King of the South Rising Up?).

The USA did not win in Afghanistan. The USA will lose.

And yes, the end of the USA is coming relatively soon.

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