As American troops withdraw from Afghanistan, the war torn country appears to be seeing a surge of Taliban activity.
The New York Times is reporting that Taliban fighters have made gains in several strategic areas near Kabul. There have been significant casualties in recent days.
New York Times reporter Carlotta Gall is in Afghanistan.
She told CFRA's Madely in the Morning Afghan security will need help to keep the insurgents at bay.
"The main feeling is that they could do it, but they will need continued support, particularly financial support with equipment and training," she said. "I think the other great concern is they need a solid government behind them and at the moment, we're in this incredible situation where there's a great power struggle going on over the election results."
In a public statement over the weekend, the Taliban's supreme leader reiterated his determination to turn Afghanistan into an Islamic state.