This was twice the blink of an eye and the Taliban were once again in control of large parts of Afghanistan. Since the Americans began their military retreat in early May, regions and provinces have fallen like dominoes. Especially in the outlying areas, the Afghan armed forces are rapidly recognizing their superiority over the Taliban.
It is also north of the border with Tajikistan. According to the Kremlin – which held excellent talks with the Taliban in Moscow on Friday – Islamist militants already control two-thirds of the border area. The Dushanbe government is reason enough to closely follow the developments on the other side of the border.
Tajik unrest began last week when at least 1,500 Afghan government soldiers and civilians fled across the border into Tajikistan following the expulsion of Taliban militants from the border at the time of registration.
Shortly afterwards, the Tajik government announced that it would send an additional 20,000 troops to the south of the country. They will protect the 1,350-kilometer-long border with Afghanistan. On Wednesday, Dushanbe called on friendly Russia to help bring the situation under control along the border.
The cry for help came shortly after the Kremlin made it clear to Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov that the Kremlin was not afraid to ‘activate’ its military base with more than 7,500 armed forces in Tajikistan, where a stone had been thrown from the Afghan border. The help of its partner.
New players on the chess board
The spasmodic response to tensions in Afghanistan refers to the transformation of geopolitical relations in Central Asia. As the Americans retreat and the Taliban gain power and influence in Afghanistan, other countries are trying to join the chessboard to strengthen their position.
Apart from Moscow, which sees Central Asia as its own backyard because of its shared Soviet history, China is also increasingly in the region. Beijing plays an important role in trade, especially in Central Asian countries. Every year, more than fifty billion dollars flow into the region from the Chinese capital, a hundred times more than it was thirty years ago. Beijing is now considered the largest and most important trading partner of all the former Soviet republics of Central Asia.
America is not finished yet
But America has not yet played in the region. Last week, US Secretary of State Blingen held a summit with his Tajik and Uzbek counterparts. According to the locals, who told their story to others: The New York Times, Washington expects to deploy some more US troops in one of the Central Asian countries so that it can keep a close eye on the Taliban and al-Qaeda.
It is easy to guess that the Russians and Chinese were not exactly expecting a new American presence in Central Asia. In this way, in the context of the growing situation in Afghanistan, the definitions of a new geopolitical conflict are increasingly seen, this time centering on the former Soviet republics of Central Asia.
The complete collapse of the Afghan army threatens: soldiers flee in fear of the Taliban
The Taliban are making almost unstoppable progress in Afghanistan. Now that a large number of Americans have left, the Afghan army is fleeing to where the Taliban are appearing. The complete collapse of the army was immediate.
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