Taliban in Afghanistan enter Farah city bordering Iran

15 May, 2018, 13:20 | Author: Brenda Erickson
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Interior Ministry spokesman Najib Danish said that a counter-offensive operation was ongoing and the security forces were trying to bring the situation under control.

They have intensified armed attacks against security forces across the country since April 25 when the Taliban's so-called yearly rebel offensive started.

Gen. Radmanish further added that additional forces have been deployed to further push the militants away from the outskirts of the city.

Afghan security forces have struggled to hold back the resurgent Taliban since the withdrawal of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation combat forces at the end of 2014. The fighters launched the attacks from four directions on the city, which has over 50,000 residents.

Local media reported that Taliban forces was close to taking over a prison in the city.

The attack, which comes as the Taliban step up their annual spring offensive, began around midnight, with the insurgents capturing one district and parts of another, local provincial council member Jamila Amini told AFP Tuesday from inside the city.

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The Defense Ministry denied reports of attacks on the NDS compound.

At least 10 people were killed and another 40 wounded as a result of a Taliban assault in the capital of eastern Nangarhar province on Sunday, an official said.

Khogyani said the firefight lasted seven hours as the security forces strived to rescue employees of the department.

"Government reinforcements have arrived including around 100 commando forces". Tweeted Javid Faisal, the spokesman for Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah on Tuesday.

In recent months, Farah province has been the site of many battles between Afghan security forces and Taliban insurgents.

"The Taliban are moving very fast, if the government does not take serious and speedy action, the province is going to collapse to Taliban", local resident Hamidullah said.

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