2021 Taliban offensive

military offensive by the Taliban causing the fall of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan

A military offensive by the Taliban and allied militant groups against the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and its allies began on 1 May 2021, coinciding with the withdrawal of United States and allied troops from Afghanistan. The offensive marked the end of the near 20 year old War in Afghanistan, that had begun following the United States invasion of the country in response to the September 11 attacks and resulted in the de facto takeover of the country and the reinstatement of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan.



  • We praise the Almighty, the Ominpotent, who humiliated and defeated America, the head of disbelief,” the statement reads. “We praise Him for breaking America’s back, tarnishing its global reputation and expelling it, disgraced and humiliated, from the Islamic land of Afghanistan... “On this historic occasion, we would like to offer our congratulations to the leadership of the Islamic Emirate, specifically Haibatullah Akhundzada,” the statement reads. “May Allah accept your martyrs – the men, women and children who offered sacrifices in this path!”


  • When India was under British rule, our country fought for freedom. Now Taliban wants to free their country & run it. Taliban is a force that did not allow even strong countries like Russia & America to settle in their country.
  • The Taliban is not the south — the North Vietnamese army. They’re not — they’re not remotely comparable in terms of capability. There’s going to be no circumstance where you see people being lifted off the roof of a embassy in the — of the United States from Afghanistan. It is not at all comparable… So the question now is, where do they go from here? That — the jury is still out. But the likelihood there’s going to be the Taliban overrunning everything and owning the whole country is highly unlikely.
  • Q:: Is a Taliban takeover of Afghanistan now inevitable?
THE PRESIDENT: No, it is not.
Q: Why?:
THE PRESIDENT: Because you — the Afghan troops have 300,000 well-equipped — as well-equipped as any army in the world — and an air force against something like 75,000 Taliban. It is not inevitable.
  • I need not tell you the perception around the world and in parts of Afghanistan, I believe, is that things are not going well in terms of the fight against the Taliban... And there is a need, whether it is true or not, there is a need to project a different picture.
  • The humiliating retreat from Afghanistan is just the punctuation mark. What we’re witnessing is the end of the US empire, with all the alien rulers, corrupt judges, illegitimate government, incompetent generals, foreign profiteers, and hordes of invading migrants, moral degeneracy, and declining religious faith, morale, and national confidence that customarily accompanies such events. If history is any guide, this is not going to be turned around, so it is time to stop thinking in terms of “preserving” and “conserving” and “restoring” that which is destroyed, and start thinking in terms of building anew with the benefit of the lessons learned from the decline and fall of the United States of America.


  • Choudary is urging the Taliban to change the name of Afghanistan to Islamic State, which is what IS called its territory once it declared a caliphate. He said: ‘There should be the removal of all borders and an invitation to all Muslims to become citizens of the new Islamic State with the aim to unite the Muslim land of the Indian sub-continent to begin with, to be the precursor of greater unity under the Khilafah [caliphate].’
    • Anjem Choudary as quoted in [3] Anjem Choudary urges Taliban to be MORE hard line: Fanatical hate preacher tells jihadists to chop off thieves' hands, stone adulterers and flog drinkers


  • Things an average grunt knew after only a few weeks In-Country have escaped the confines of The Brass and the curation of their partners in the media for all to see. The schemes of Ivy League Brainiacs and their delusions of ‘liberating’ the world and assimilating it into their post-national managerial Longhouse seem so shabby and absurd in the cold light of dawn. Twenty years’ worth of veterans have chewed the dust of faraway lands now reverting to their former masters, and we are left with the hard realization we have been in service to a country ran by people who not only don’t believe in countries anymore, but are shamelessly inept and corrupt, and that this has been the case since before we were born.
  • As Afghanistan falls before our eyes, we remember the blood-price from days gone by and wonder: what did we buy with it? Our battles belong to those of us who fought them, but they were ultimately in service to policies; policies created by those who are at best indifferent to our existence, or worse, have placed themselves in a state of war with us. Though it seems inflammatory to write such things even at this late hour, the court eunuchs have implied such things for years and now are increasingly explicit in their fever dreams of eliminating their political opposition. And it is a failure of what leaders we have on ‘our side’ that they have refused to take them at their word.
  • The United States walked out of Afghanistan in 1990 and made Pakistan the custodian of Afghanistan’s future. Today, it is repeating the same mistake. When the Taliban once again transform Afghanistan into a base of operations for modern Islamist terrorist organizations, Washington will only have itself to blame.


  • Unlike the Soviets defeated before them, the Americans’ legacy was not a landscape littered with the destroyed hulks of armored vehicles. Instead, they left all the arms and equipment needed to supply the Taliban, the victors, for years to come, the product of two decades and $83 billion training and equipping an Afghan military and police forces that collapsed in the face of poor leadership and dwindling U.S. support.
  • “When history will be written, it will be said that ISI defeated the Soviet Union in Afghanistan with America’s help,” Gul remarked. “But it will also be added that ISI defeated America (in Afghanistan) with America’s help.”
    • General Gul as quoted in [4]
  • We are facing a full-scale invasion, composed of Taliban, full Pakistani planning and logistical support, and at least 10-15,000 international terrorists, predominantly Pakistanis thrown into this,' he said.
    • Afghan President Ghani as quoted in [5] quoted in Aug 2021


  • Footage from the Fall of Kabul revealed a stark contrast: as the energetic Taliban stormed toward the capital city, heartened by their rapid and mostly-bloodless recovery of Afghanistan, a dour remnant of the American occupation force fled after twenty long years. Across the outer provinces of Afghanistan, abandoned American airbases stood as memorials to the nation’s ham- fisted attempt to liberalize traditionalist pastoral peoples. As they began to assert authority in Kabul, the Taliban painted over murals depicting “sexually liberated” women and reintroduced the framework of Islamic law. After twenty years of protracted conflict, the puppet regime of President Ashraf Ghani collapsed with a whimper: the US-trained Afghan army was powerless to resist the Taliban.
  • For nearly twenty years, the American occupation of Afghanistan, alongside other economic and strategic goals, attempted to undermine the social conservatism of the country. American soldiers built schools for women’s education, cultivated feminism and critical gender studies among the Afghani elite, curtailed the power of religious law, and attempted to cosmpolitanize Kabul. A new consumerist culture tried to undermine the bonds of the traditional Afghan family. Practices banned by the Taliban, such as degenerate “bacha bazi” grooming, were quietly brought back under the American occupation. Where the Taliban were once the harbingers of law and order, the American military elite allowed a culture of sexual assault, rapes, and homosexual activity to flourish among the Afghan people. Indeed, the Afghan fertility rate collapsed under the strain of war, feminization, consumerism, and liberalism. Despite this, the Taliban retained enough mass popular support to retake the country in August 2021.


  • What is happening in Afghanistan now, they have broken the shackles of slavery.... When you adopt someone’s culture you believe it to be superior and you end up becoming a slave to it. You take over the other culture and become psychologically subservient. When that happens, please remember, it is worse than actual slavery. It is harder to throw off the chains of cultural enslavement.
  • The [American] Regime is fake; the world can see it now. It is propped up by handlers and fluffers and fawning press, dosed with mood enhancers and Adderall and uppers to keep up appearances. It cannot continue. This, in the end, is the silver lining of the Afghanistan debacle. The hard truth has finally emerged, full grown and ugly, for all to see. If it is any tiny consolation to the families of the brave warriors we lost, and those who came home alive but irreparably damaged: their sacrifice exposed the carefully concealed rot at the top.
  • As Mordechai Kedar put it, “August 15, 2021 will forever be remembered in the Islamic world as the victory of Islam over Christianity, the victory of faith over heresy, and the victory of tradition over permissiveness. … These events are pumping new blood into jihad arteries and the results are being seen around the world, including in Israel.”


  • I salute you for your courage, bravery and decades of sacrifice. As an unarmed group with science and technology not at your side, you have ousted the most advanced forces from your region. It will now bring an era of peace for Afghanistan and the region.


  • Got blood on my hands
    Got blood on my hands
    And I don't understand
    What's happening
    There's blood on these hands
    And still American's
    Left to the Taliban
    Now how's that happening?
    Winkin' Blinken
    Can't you look me in the eyes
    Willy Milley
    Tell me when did you decide
    This we'll defend
    Your sacred motto
    Now means... never mind
    Got blood on my hands
    Got blood on my hands
    Flag of the Taliban
    Over Afghanistan
    I can't hear her scream if shе's not, she's not
    She's not on TV
    To every Afghan ally that we left behind
    Every child who won't know freedom
    Faces covered and blind
    As for this American promise
    Now... shit in the Fire.


  • This weekend the US experienced another “Saigon moment,” this time in Afghanistan. After a 20 year war that drained trillions from Americans’ pockets, the capital of Afghanistan fell without a fight. The corrupt Potemkin regime that the US had been propping up for two decades and the Afghan military that we had spent billions training just melted away.


  • “We are custodians of Taliban leaders. We have taken care of them for long. They got shelter, education and a home in Pakistan. We have done everything for them," declared Rashid openly while speaking on Hum News programme ‘Breaking Point with Malick’.
    • Pakistani minister Sheikh Rashid Aug 2021, as quoted in [8][9]
  • The Taliban conquered Afghanistan, not with the power of means and resources, but with the eternal wealth of faith and belief! Moreover, by announcing a general amnesty, the Taliban proved that it belonged to the group of slaves of Muhammad (peace be upon him)... The victory of the Taliban in Afghanistan is enough to show that wars are won with the help of God, not with intelligence and strength."


  • “Taliban have said that they are with us and they will help us in [liberating] Kashmir.”
    • PTI leader Neelam Irshad Sheikh , a leader of Pakistan’s ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government as quoted in Aug 2021
  • “Every evidence we have in hand shows that IS-K cells have their roots in Talibs and Haqqani network, particularly those operating in Kabul. Talibs denying links with ISIS is identical/similar to the denial of Pakistan on Quetta Shura. Talibs have learned very well from the master,” Saleh reiterated after the bomb blast that killed over a 100 civilians in Kabul last week.
    • Acting president of Afghanistan Amrullah Sale, Aug 2021, — Amrullah Saleh (@AmrullahSaleh2) August 27, 2021 on Twitter, as quoted in [10] [11] [12] [13]
  • I do blame Pakistan. Over the years, we have seen videos, seen evidence that Pakistan is behind empowering the Taliban. Every time our government touches the Taliban, the identification reveals him to be a Pakistani person. So it is very obvious that I (would) blame them and hope that they would back off and would not interfere in the politics of Afghanistan anymore.
  • The war in Afghanistan was brought to a humiliating close with the hasty retreat from Kabul that left thousands of Americans and refugees behind, and the State Department and CIA’s thinly-veiled propaganda efforts literally painted over by the Taliban. The sad fact is the American Empire is rudderless, having been picked clean of its military and economic assets, squandered on pointless foreign incursions, consumerism, and deranged social engineering experiments. The Chinese, having waited patiently all the while working assiduously to perfect their economic engine, have already started making inroads into the American withdrawal in Central Asia with their Belt and Road initiative. As US politicians squabble over mask mandates and trans bathrooms and Americans go ever further into debt, China builds another thousand miles of bullet train track and earns billions in foreign currency from their world-beating exports. In the words of my co-host Hans Lander, “this country will probably will never recover from the events of 9/11.” And as the 20th anniversary of the events is upon us, I’ll close with a quote from former Italian President Francesco Cossiga, who stated: All the democratic circles in America and Europe, in particular the Italian intelligence agency, know very well that the catastrophic attack was planned and carried out by the American CIA and Mossad, with the help of the Zionist world, to accuse the Arab countries and to persuade the Western powers to go into Iraq and Afghanistan. If history is any guide, governments will continue to lie, and the people will continue to believe them. For those that remember, however – never forget.


  • Never in history has a withdrawal from war been handled so badly or incompetently as the Biden Administration’s withdrawal from Afghanistan. In addition to the obvious, ALL EQUIPMENT should be demanded to be immediately returned to the United States, and that includes every penny of the $85 billion dollars in cost.


  • The peaceful entry of Taliban in Kabul, their announcement of general amnesty and ensuring peaceful transfer of power reminds us the conquest of Makkah. It has proved to the world that no power of high-tech forces can stand before the power of trust in Allah. A lesson for all.


  • If this isn't failure, what does failure look like exactly?

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