Taliban captured Maymana, Faryab, the twenty-second provincial capital to fall.
Faryab is where the Taliban offensive was first taken seriously at the national level after the death of Sohrab Azimi, a highly trained special operations officer in Dawlatabad, shocked the news, and where 20+ commandos were killed and executed. Their pride was hurt as a result and refused to surrender.
Afghans did not understand how that could happen, but assumed it was a one-time mistake, turned a blind eye to it again, and rather than hold Ghani accountable, went on overconfidently cheering their armed forces to their own detriment.
Sohrab Azimi was a young patriot who wanted to Make Afghanistan Great Again, but he did not understand how miserably corrupt the Afghan national security state really was, and lost his life to it.
June 16th, 2021.