During Afghanistan Phase one, fewer than 200-300 Company Branch Operatives, Special Forces, TACP's and a handful of others, supported by direct air choreographed the fall of the Taliban.
These men were not in cities, and only toward the end of the Taliban did they even see any cities, and likely then, from a distance.
Karzai worked with SF, and they had quite a close call as they were heavily outnumbered, and a convoy of Taliban were making their way to the
That's what ruthless men understand.
Even greater ruthlessness, and total destruction.
Scares the hell out of them.