Wednesday, 12 December, 2018

Taliban take district centre in western Afghan province

15 security personnel killed in Taliban attack in Afghanistan At least 24 troops & police killed in west Afghanistan attack – official
Ellis Copeland | 12 March, 2018, 19:22

But the fighting in Farah underlines the continuing strength of the movement, which controls or contests nearly half the country and has so far rejected peace overtures from Afghan President Ashraf Ghani.

The CEO also said in order to achieve peace, political tension in the country needs to be resolved.

Although no group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, Bakhtawer said Taliban fighters had conducted the raid, hitting the district police and administrative offices from severaldirections.

Insurgents in Afghanistan have occupied a region headquarters in western Farah district, according to an official.

Seven civilians, including two women and three children, were killed when Taliban struck their vehicle with a rocket in eastern Afghan province of Nangarhar, the provincial government said on Monday.

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No comment was immediately available from US military headquarters in Kabul.

In January, the governor of Farah resigned, blaming political interference and corruption.

Although they have failed to take any major provincial cities, the insurgents have several times seized district centers, even if they have often been driven off soon after by government reinforcements.

On March 10, officials said dozens of people were killed after Taliban militants ambushed Afghan security forces in the Bala Buluk district, sparking an hours-long gunbattle.

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