Even the Taliban are surprised at how fast they’re advancing in Afghanistan

By seizing ground in far-flung areas in the north, including a border crossing with Tajikistan, the Taliban are forcing the Afghan security forces to balance stretched resources as they try to hold off the insurgents elsewhere in the country, including in provinces near the capital Kabul, he said.

“The Taliban has nearly doubled the number of districts it controls, has captured key areas and military bases, and demoralized segments of the Afghan security forces and the government,” Roggio said.

In the country’s north, the Taliban have taken control of more than 40 districts since the start of May, including a

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