Afghanistan collapsing amid U.S. withdrawal
May 27, 2021
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.