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Taliban Now Controls Half of Afghanistan’s Districts, U.S. Says

  • ‘I don’t think the endgame is yet written’: General Milley
  • U.S. military has completed 95% of withdrawal from Afghanistan
An Afghan militia fighter keeps watch at an outpost against Taliban insurgents at Charkint district in Balkh Province, on July 11. 

An Afghan militia fighter keeps watch at an outpost against Taliban insurgents at Charkint district in Balkh Province, on July 11. 

Photographer: Farshad Usyan/AFP/Getty Images
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The Taliban has “strategic momentum” in its fight with the Afghan government as U.S. forces complete their withdrawal, the top U.S. general said Wednesday.

“This is going to be a test now of the will and leadership of the Afghan people, the Afghan security forces and the government of Afghanistan,” General Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told reporters at a Pentagon news conference.