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Afghanistan collapsing amid U.S. withdrawal


Jim Huylebroek • New York Times

Police officers stood guard on the roof of their outpost near Mehtar Lam in Afghanistan's Laghman Province last week. Dozens of outposts or bases, and four district centers, have given up to the insurgents this month in an accelerating collapse.

MEHTAR LAM, AFGHANISTAN – Ammunition was depleted inside the bedraggled outposts in Laghman Province. Food was scarce. Some police officers hadn't been paid in five months.

Then, just as U.S. troops began leaving the country in early May, Taliban fighters besieged seven rural Afghan military outposts across the wheat fields and onion patches of the province in eastern Afghanistan.

The insurgents enlisted village elders to visit the outposts bearing a message: Surrender or die.


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