Taliban fighters have surrounded the town of Ghazni in central Afghanistan, taking on civilians’ houses to combat safety forces, officers stated on Monday, the newest city centre below risk from the insurgents.
The offensive was the newest on a provincial capital because the Taliban make a recent push to encompass cities and acquire territory, emboldened by the departure of international forces.
“The situation in Ghazni city is very critical…the Taliban use civilian houses as hideouts and fire upon the ANDSF (Afghan security forces), this makes the situation very difficult for the ANDSF to operate against the Taliban,” stated Hassan Rezayi, a member of Ghazni’s provincial council.
Violence has surged within the nation since US President Joe Biden introduced in April that American troops would withdraw by September 11, ending 20 years in Afghanistan.
The U.S. common main the conflict in Afghanistan, Austin Miller, is to relinquish command on Monday, in a symbolic finish to America’s longest battle.
Peace talks between the Taliban and the federal government have nominally been persevering with in Qatar’s capital however officers say they’re making little progress.
Clashes between the 2 sides are additionally persevering with within the southern province of Kandahar the place the Taliban historically have had a powerful presence, locals stated. Ghazni is on the primary street between Kabul and Kandahar metropolis.
“Since the past four days, armed Taliban are attacking…Kandahar city from the western direction,” stated Hamidzai Lalay, a former Member of Parliament who’s combating with armed males towards the Taliban in Kandahar. “Afghan security forces, including special forces, are fighting the Taliban and trying to push them back.”
Fawad Aman, a spokesman for the Ministry of Defence stated the state of affairs in Kandahar was “completely under control of ANDSF” which had carried out air and floor operations in current days.
So far, the Taliban has not been capable of maintain provincial capitals however they’ve put strain on Afghan safety forces to reply to offensives across the nation.
On Sunday, safety forces, with the assistance of air strikes, repelled an assault by Taliban fighters on Taluqan, the provincial centre of a key northern province bordering Tajikistan.
Last week, Taliban fighters entered the capital of the western province of Badghis, seizing police and safety amenities and trying to take over the governor’s workplace earlier than particular forces pushed them again.
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