The Taliban attack and attack and attack and attack. @ThomasJoscelyn @BillRoggio @FDD

Oct 20, 2020, 02:35 AM
Image:  Boat riding on the Helmand River. The riverside thickets are located on the other side.

Tom Joscelyn, @thomasjoscelyn, Senior Fellow, Foundation for Defense of Democracies; & Senior Editor for FDD's Long War Journal; and Bill Roggio, @billroggio, Long War Journal and FDD; in re:  TALIBAN HAVE LAUNCHED an assault against the Helmand capital, Lashkar Gah. These are not peace talks; merely the Taliban jockeying for position. The deal merely keeps the US and Taliban fro attacking each other, I’ve heard tens of thousands people have fled the city. It’d be especially bad if a provincial capital fell during the talks.

Taliban today announced they’d provide security against thieves in Kabul City.  

If Pres Trump doesn’t pull the plug entirely before leaving, in case he loses this election, then it’ll fall to Biden to solve.  https://www.longwarjournal.org/archives/2020/10/taliban-assaults-helmand-capital-as-u-s-officials-plead-for-a-reduction-in-violence.php  

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The Taliban launched an all-out assault on Lashkar Gah, the capital of Helmand province, as U.S. officials continue to wrongly claim that those attacks are in violation of the U.S.-Taliban.  The Taliban launched its offensive on Lashkar Gah last weekend and shut down the road linking the provincial capital with neighboring Kandahar City. Taliban fighters struck Police Districts 3 and 4, the Babaji area of the city and “three districts that are near the center of the province,” TOLONews reported. Two of the districts appear to be Nawa and Nad Ali. 

Afghan police abandoned several checkpoints, ceding the areas to the Taliban withdrawal deal. https://www.longwarjournal.org/archives/2020/10/taliban-assaults-helmand-capital-as-u-s-officials-plead-for-a-reduction-in-violence.php