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4 months of turning the tide in Afghanistan

Avatar of Nick John By Nick John Dec13,2023 #Afghanistan #turning
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4 months of turning the tide in Afghanistan 6

News of the Taliban’s victories began to appear when Kanika Gupta, an Indian reporter, arrived in Afghanistan in the last week of March. But at that time, Afghans were already familiar with war.

Gupta enjoyed his early days in Afghanistan by traveling to Gulgundi in Charikhar district in Parwan province, north of Kabul.

People gathered everywhere in the valley, dancing and celebrating the spring festival.

`We have gone through so many years of war that sometimes we forget how to enjoy life. However, spring in Gulgundi helps us forget about that period. We come here every year.`

Life in other areas also seems peaceful, such as the village of Istalif in the Shomali plain area, northwest of Kabul.

In those hopeful early days of April, Mir, a resident of Istalif village, wanted to bring the art of pottery to all parts of the country and beyond.

Taliban fighters patrol in Kabul, Afghanistan, on August 19.

On April 14, US President Joe Biden announced the withdrawal of all soldiers from Afghanistan, ending Washington’s `endless war` in this country.

In April, the Taliban only controlled about 1/6 of Afghanistan’s 421 districts.

However, the shock came when US forces suddenly left Bagram, their largest military base in Afghanistan.

Reporter Gupta arrived at Bagram on July 9 and took 5 hours to go through part of this huge base.

Lala Shirin Darwesh Roufi, former head of Bagram district, said the local and national economy would be seriously affected by the US withdrawal.

However, the Taliban, a largely ethnic Pashtun force, by early August controlled a significant area of Afghanistan.

On August 6, Gupta arrived in the southern city of Kandahar, a stronghold of the Taliban while in power from 1995 to 2001. Her first stop was Camp Haji, a complex often used as a stopping point for soldiers.

`I hurriedly ran with broken shoes and walked under the blazing sun until I couldn’t walk anymore. I used my last money to catch a taxi to Kandahar city. My house was destroyed, the

One evening, as Gupta was about to fall asleep, fighting broke out in Kandahar.

The Taliban took control of Kandahar, the second largest city in Afghanistan, after violent clashes on the night of August 12.

On the evening of August 14, Gupta called Obaidullah Baheer, a lecturer in peace and conflict studies at the American University in Afghanistan.

Just a day later, the Taliban entered Kabul without resistance from government troops, while President Ashraf Ghani left the country.

The stress caused Gupta to lose sleep and finally decided to leave Afghanistan.

A day later, the Taliban held their first press conference since taking control of most of Afghanistan, declaring `hatred is over` and not wanting any enemies, pardoning all government officials.

`I went to a country called the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and left the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, which has not been recognized by the outside world,` Gupta said.

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