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Is Afghanistan asking New Delhi for military help?

The Ashraf Ghani government on Tuesday sought help from the Indian Air Force when the Taliban made rapid progress in gaining six Afghanistan provincial capitals which forced thousands to flee their houses, according to an Indian news website.

This issue was discussed over a phone call between Afghanistan’s Foreign Minister Mohammed Hanif Atmar and India’s Foreign Minister S. Jaishankar.

According to The Print, Kabul wants the IAF to aid the Afghan Air Force as they fear that the withdrawal of the US and NATO forces will leverage the Taliban, escalating the level of violence to unprecedented levels. The fall of Mazar-i-Sharif, which is the North’s biggest city would lead to the complete collapse of government control in the region-even though this was an anti-taliban space. 

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The United States is leaving the battlefield as it completed its military expedition and ended the longest war of 20 years.  Post the hasty withdrawal by the end of this month, Zalmay Khalilzad, a Washington special envoy is trying to convince the Taliban of a ceasefire and stop their military offence. The US state department has asked to “help formulate a joint international response to the rapidly deteriorating situation.”

The envoys from Qatar, China, Britain, Uzbekistan, Pakistan, the United Nations, and European Union were also due to discuss the situation in Afghanistan.

John Kirby the USA pentagon spokesman said “it was down to the Afghan government and its forces to turn the tide, and there was not much the United States could do to help.”

The fight in Afghanistan escalated since May, when the US military began the final stage of a withdrawal and is to be completed before the end of September. 

Sefatullah Samangani, deputy governor of Samangan said “militants entered Ibak without fighting after community elders begged authorities to save the city from further violence after weeks of clashes in the suburbs.”