[Obama staged both the Afghan and the Iraq withdrawals in such a rushed manner as to guarantee that the inadequately trained national armies could not survive the immediate future without American reinforcements and air support. His ploy to complete a promised “Afghan withdrawal of American forces in 2014” ensured that the Taliban would have time to “re-incubate” before he left office. The same goes for Iraq, we hobbled Iraq, disbanded its real army, and nearly completed training a new army of rejects, just in time for the new army of ISIS to reenter Iraq and prove the Army’s incompetence and cowardice. We destroyed two national armies, in order to replace them with armies of toy soldiers, while we rebuilt a truly modern force to challenge them, a real guerilla army in Syria and Iraq. We did for ISIS what we could have done for Iraq to begin with. Why not merge the tragedies of Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, using ISIS as an instrument of agitation?
ISIS is the American terrorist spearhead and Central Asia the soft underbelly.
Taliban have already crossed the Amu Darya River that separates Afghanistan and Turkmenistan, overpowering the Turkmen border guards (SEE: The militants ‘Taliban’ locked up on the island of Turkmenistan ; Militants recaptured the village border with Turkmenistan ; Turkmen gas – under US control ).]
“Nabil cited the example of the violent southern province of Helmand where hi-tech surveillance balloons used by U.S.-led forces were removed as foreign bases shut.
‘There were 65 spy balloons in Helmand that could detect if someone was carrying a weapon on the back of a motorbike.'”—Afghan spy chief laments intelligence vacuum as foreign troops leave,
Helmand provincial council members on Thursday said that the lack of security balloons, after foreign troop’s withdrawal in the province, has led to the increase in Taliban activity in the province.
During the time of foreign troops presence, Sangin province alone is reported to have had at least 65 security balloons, said officials. But following foreign troops withdrawal late 2014, these balloons were removed, they added.
Sources told TOLOnews however that security forces have neutralized a large part of the activities of the Taliban in Helmand and other parts of the country but Afghan intelligence agencies still need detection devices and other facilities to monitor the insurgent group’s activities.
Despite hundreds of foreign troops still being in the province, Helmand has witnessed large scale Taliban attacks in recent weeks. However, the group was reportedly kept under control while balloons were in the air.
But officials say the situation in Helmand at the moment is serious. They claim the Taliban has made gains on districts in the province.
Before the attack on Sangin district, the Taliban is believed to have carried out an attack on Camp Bastion in Shorab district.
“We have always complained about a lack of cooperation between Afghan securities forces in Helmand. In the past we had enough facilities beside balloons to fight Taliban in Helmand – facilities no longer in place,” said Bashir Ahmad Shaker the head of Helmand’s provincial council security committee.
In the early years up to 855 large and small bases of foreign troops in Afghanistan were engaged in activities against terrorists and in other intelligence activities but with the handover of security responsibility to Afghans a large part of their facilities were transferred out of the country, officials said.
“We have advanced in Sangin district and we have broken the Taliban siege. And Taliban operational head in Helmand Mullah Nasir along with 50 other Taliban were killed,” MoI spokesman Sediq Sediqqi said on Thursday.
Meanwhile the Ministry of Defense talked about the advancement of Afghan forces in Helmand especially in Sangin district and said there was good coordination among the security institutions.
“At the moment we have our operations against the terrorists in seven provinces and we have lots of advancement in Helmand and we are trying to not harm civilians,” said Dawlat Waziri MoD spokesman.
Taliban have played an active roldein Helmand for a number of years – especially as it is a key opium producing hub.