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Afghanistan – How the Taliban did it: Inside the ‘operational art’ of its military victory (Atlantic Council)

Benjamin Jensen

The Taliban are in Kabul and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has left the country. How exactly did the militant group do it? Understanding how the Taliban accomplished its lightning-fast encirclement of the capital, as well as the next phase of the conflict, requires understanding the group’s strategy in terms of “operational art.” The Taliban of 2021 is not the same as the Taliban of the 1990s. This Taliban is now adept at integrating military and non-military instruments of power in pursuit of its political objectives.

How the Taliban did it: Inside the ‘operational art’ of its military victory – Atlantic Council