Dozens of Afghan Military Sites Fall in May Offensives

Taliban score major gains ahead of planned talks

The US decision to delay the pullout from Afghanistan kept the war going longer, and that’s proven bad news for the Afghan government, which has faced precipitous losses in several provinces from continued Taliban offensives.

26 outposts and bases in four provinces have fallen just in the month of May. That’s a lot of territory, and has given the Taliban de facto control of four more district centers, as well as huge caches of weapons and ammunition looted from the sites.

Continued territory changing hands is going to put the Taliban in a strong position in the upcoming talks, and that momentum puts them in a good position on agreeing to terms for talks in the first place.

Had the US kept its May 1 pullout date, the peace talks and presumptive ceasefire that would come with it would’ve been in place before all of these losses. With unconfirmed reports that the US is considering withdrawing earlier than the new September 11 date, potentially leaving some time in July, it may be that they’re worried that by September the losses could be much worse.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is Senior Editor for He has 20 years of experience in foreign policy research and his work has appeared in The American Conservative, Responsible Statecraft, Forbes, Toronto Star, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Providence Journal, Washington Times, and the Detroit Free Press.