The US military campaign in Afghanistan is facing growing challenges and setbacks, as the Taliban and other resistance forces continue to inflict losses on US and pro-government troops. On September 2nd, the Taliban killed two US soldiers and four pro-Afghan soldiers, and destroyed at least seven armored vehicles.
The capital of Faryab province, Maimana, is reportedly on the verge of falling to the Taliban, with the Afghan Ministry of Defense listing it as one of seven cities “threatened” by resistance to US troops. The US-backed government is also reported to be abandoning advanced military posts in the region.
Despite these defeats, US military commanders have sought to redefine victory in the conflict, claiming that the war is a stalemate in which the Taliban is unable to take control of more populated areas. However, this assessment is disputed by some experts who argue that the Taliban exercises control over a significant portion of the country, and that the US military campaign is unlikely to achieve a decisive victory.