That's raising questions about the viability of the American game plan for ending a war that began when some of the current United States troops were in diapers.
"Ghazni City remains under Afghan government control, and the isolated and disparate Taliban forces remaining in the city do not pose a threat to its collapse as some have claimed", "Resolute Support" and US Forces-Afghanistan spokesperson US Army Lieutenant Colonel Martin O'Donnell told Jane's on 13 August.
On Tuesday, the Taliban overran a base in northern Afghanistan, killing 17 soldiers.
That raises questions about the ability of Afghan security forces three years after North Atlantic Treaty Organisation combat troops pulled out, and the political leadership in Kabul, analysts said.
In a reminder that U.S. troops and their families are paying a heavy price, even with Afghan forces in the lead combat role, the Pentagon announced Monday that Staff Sgt. Reymund Rarogal Transfiguracion of Waikoloa, Hawaii, died Sunday of wounds sustained on a combat patrol in the Helmand province. It also appeared that the tide of battle turned only after the arrival of Afghan special operations forces and US military advisers during the weekend, as well as repeated aerial attacks and flyovers by USA military aircraft.
Fighting across the country has intensified in recent weeks despite a fleeting outbreak of peace earlier in the summer. Last month Taliban representatives met USA officials for talks in Qatar, militant sources have told AFP. Signs point to Trump pressing ahead; he is about to send a new Army general, Scott Miller, to take charge of the US-led coalition in Kabul. The Taliban, by contrast, says they remain in control of most of the city.
"As long as the planes were in the sky, things were calm, but as soon as they left, the Taliban began attacks again", Salim said. "It just means they're better". A US military spokesman, Lt. Col. Martin O'Donnell, said that "no enemy activity" was reported in the city all day. Taliban fighters later entered his neighborhood and took up sniper positions on nearby rooftops, he said. "War and peace talks can not happen together", said one diplomat in Kabul.
"We had to pass through risky areas to get to Kabul, we witnessed the worst clashes between the Taliban and security forces", said Yassan. The battlefield results have been mixed, however, as the Taliban have managed to preserve their influence in numerous districts. "All we heard from officials were lies and deceit and the people know this", said Etemadi, who added that fighting was still going on.
Along with the 17 troops killed in the attack in northern Faryab province, in the district of Ghormach, at least 19 soldiers were also wounded, according to the spokesman for the defense ministry, Ghafoor Ahmad Jawed.
About 1,000 additional troops were sent to Ghazni, Bahrami said. The militants have lacked sufficient popular support and military power to hold population centers.
"The successful Taliban onslaught in Ghazni will definitely raise a lot of questions about the management of Afghan security and military leadership and increase calls for reform", said Kohistani. Mohammad said locals were coming out of Ghazni and military convoys were heading in. "That's clear from what we see in Afghanistan". These and other moves boosted the number of USA troops in Afghanistan by at least 3,500, to a total of more than 14,000. "If a settlement is the way to do that, then they are willing to give that a shot".
During an unprecedented three-day cease-fire in June, Afghan civilians, troops and Taliban fighters celebrated together, leading to talk of a second truce later this month.
"The Taliban is willing to talk a little bit about talks, but not to sit down and formally negotiate", he added. The insurgents, he said, are not interested in fighting to talk, but in "fighting to win".
"No doubt the strategy has confronted the Taliban with a reason to go to cease fires. and to go into discussions" about potential negotiations, he said August 7.