The Taliban have staged a show of force and displayed containers full of weapons and military equipment seized from the Afghan army as U.S. forces withdraw from the country. The weaponry includes 900 guns, 30 light tactical vehicles and 20 army pickup trucks from the Sultan Khil military base in Wardak province, near the Afghan capital, Kabul.

The Taliban had seized 120 districts in Afghanistan since May 1, according to an assessment by the Long War Journal . The map is a moving mosaic, but at last count, the Taliban controlled 193 districts and contested 130, while 75 were under government control or undetermined.

At the same time, many military outposts have surrendered without a fight, allowing the Taliban to seize weapons, according to several Afghan military and government sources.

A wave of violence, including attacks on intellectuals, journalists and prominent women, has raised concerns about what the future holds for the country.

The Taliban have won the support of some Afghans who are weary after decades of war and the U.S.-backed government in Kabul, which is accused of corruption.

In April, President Biden pledged to withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan by Sept. 11, ending America’s longest war, which has claimed the lives of 2,300 U.S. troops since 2001.

But the withdrawal comes amid fears it could put the country on the path to civil war, voiced by the top U.S. general in Afghanistan, Austin S. Miller, last week.

Multiple reports indicate that the terrorists are cracking down on the freedoms of women and girls and their ability to go to school in the areas they control.

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