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Commandos Deployed As Afghan Forces Defend Cities From Taliban Attacks

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Commandos Deployed As Afghan Forces Defend Cities From Taliban Attacks

Afghanistan: Insurgents are capitalising on last levels of withdrawal of US-led international forces. (File)


Afghan forces battled Monday to cease a primary main metropolis from falling to the Taliban following weekend offensives by the insurgents on city centres in a pointy escalation.

Taliban fighters assaulted not less than three provincial capitals in a single day — Lashkar Gah, Kandahar and Herat — after a weekend of heavy preventing that noticed hundreds of civilians flee the advancing militants.

Fighting raged in Helmand’s provincial capital Lashkar Gah, the place the Taliban launched coordinated assaults on the town centre and its jail — simply hours after the federal government introduced the deployment of a whole lot of commandos to the realm.

Clashes have intensified since early May, with the insurgents capitalising on the ultimate levels of the withdrawal of US-led international forces after nearly 20 years.

As the nation’s safety forces struggled to maintain the Taliban at bay, President Ashraf Ghani blamed Washington on Monday for Afghanistan’s deteriorating safety.

“The reason for our current situation is that the decision was taken abruptly,” Ghani informed parliament, referring to the withdrawal of international forces.

Ghani mentioned he had warned Washington that the withdrawal would have “consequences”.

In southern Afghanistan, preventing continued in Lashkar Gah in a single day as Afghan forces beat again a contemporary assault from the Taliban.

“Afghan forces on the ground and by air strikes repelled the attack,” the army in Helmand mentioned.

Resident Hawa Malalai warned of a rising disaster within the metropolis: “There is fighting, power cuts, sick people in hospital, the telecommunication networks are down. There are no medicines and pharmacies are closed.”

Helmand for years was the centrepiece of the US and British army marketing campaign in Afghanistan — just for it to slide deeper into instability.

The huge poppy fields within the province present the lion’s share of the opium for the worldwide heroin commerce — making it a profitable supply of tax and money for the Taliban.

The lack of Lashkar Gah could be a large strategic and psychological blow for the federal government, which has pledged to defend provincial capitals in any respect prices after dropping a lot of the agricultural countryside to the Taliban over the summer season.

‘Strategic blunders’

Fighting additionally surged in some districts of Kandahar province, the previous bastion of the insurgents, and on the outskirts of its capital.

Kandahar airport got here below assault in a single day Sunday, with the Taliban firing rockets that broken the runway, resulting in the suspension of flights for a number of hours.

The facility is significant to sustaining the logistics and air assist wanted to maintain the Taliban from overrunning the town, whereas additionally offering air assist over giant tracts of southern Afghanistan — together with close by Lashkar Gah.

In the west, a whole lot of commandos have been additionally defending Herat after days of fierce preventing.

“The threat is high in these three provinces… but we are determined to repel their attacks,” Afghan safety forces spokesman Ajmal Omar Shinwari informed reporters on Sunday.

Kabul has repeatedly dismissed the militants’ regular positive aspects over the summer season as missing strategic worth, however has largely did not reverse their momentum.

President Ghani mentioned authorities had labored out a six-month plan to thwart the Taliban, however acknowledged the insurgents have been now not a “scattered and inexperience movement”.

“We are faced with an organised command and leadership, backed by an unholy coalition of international terrorism and its supporting circles.”

The seize of any main metropolis by the Taliban would take their present offensive to a different stage and gas considerations concerning the capability of the Afghan army.

“If Afghan cities fall… the US decision to withdraw from Afghanistan will be remembered as one of the most notable strategic blunders in American foreign policy,” Australia-based Afghanistan skilled Nishank Motwani informed AFP.

The Taliban have seized Afghan cities up to now however have retained them solely briefly.

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