some interesting developments in Afghanistan in recent days. The taliban is making a legitimate attempt on Lashkar gah, herat and kandahar city. so far it seems that lashkar gah is most likely to fall first. this will change the conflict in a profound manner as it will be the first time a major city/provincial capital falls to the taliban. should this come to pass the taliban will be strengthened in the way of additional tax revenue and man-power. I wonder if it will also weaken the resolve of defenders in other isolated afghan cities.
the afghan government, in an attempt to prevent cities from being lost, seem to have sent a large number of SF to Herat by air, I thought it was a stupid move. either these SF guys wont make a difference, or if they do change the balance of power, the taliban can simply sit back and maintain a seige on the city, while the afghan government is left with the choice of leaving their SF assets tied up there, or pulling them out to other places of need, making Herat vulnerable again. it seems increasingly likely that isolated cities will start to fall soon. I imagine a few could fall to the taliban this month.
How are SF supposed to help defend a city?
Seems to me the Kabul govt is getting desperate