Taliban faces US destabilization from within – by Bhadrakumar
US intelligence has made deep ingresses into the Taliban and will try to splinter, weaken and subdue it when the crunch time comes
Indeed, Moscow’s stance on the question of recognition of the new Afghan government is vital for its stability. It is abundantly clear by now that the US will do whatever it takes to ensure that the new government does not gain traction.
The Pentagon is gearing up to wreak vengeance on the Taliban for the humiliating defeat in the war. As to whether there is any possibility for the US to coordinate with the Taliban in the fight against ISIS-K, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has been evasive, whereas common sense would dictate that the Taliban are an existential enemy of the ISIS-K.
What this implies is that the US intends first to cripple the Afghan government financially through sanctions, freezing of assets, denial of access to international banking, etc, and then bypass it and proceed to do pretty much what it wants to do with scant regard for Afghanistan’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.
An analysis by the Brookings Institution on Tuesday was titled Will the Taliban regime survive? The analysis says the Taliban’s “challenge of maintaining cohesiveness across its many different factions of varied ideological intensity and material interests is tougher now that it is in power.
“The factions have disparate views about how the new regime should rule across just about all dimensions of governance: inclusiveness, dealing with foreign fighters, the economy, and external relations. Many middle-level battlefield commanders – younger, more plugged into global jihadi networks, and without personal experience of the Taliban’s mismanaged 1990s rule – are more hardline than key older national and provincial leaders.”