Troops Swoop On Farah To Push Back Taliban

Militants 'Capture District Headquarters' In Afghan Province

Taliban seize district headquarters in Afghanistan's Farah province

The Taleban captured a district in western Afghanistan on Monday (March 12), officials said, as security continues to deteriorate in the besieged province of Farah.

Local television station 1TV reported that at least 10 police officers, including the chief of police, were killed in the Taliban attack.

The largest number of militants (54) was killed in the southern province of Kandahar.

Taliban insurgents have taken control of a district headquarters in the western Afghan province of Farah, a provincial official says.

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Zabiullah Mujahid, a purported Taliban spokesman, claimed that 53 Afghan soldiers were killed and injured when Taliban fighters stormed their position in Farah Rod.

Militants 'Capture District Headquarters' In Afghan Province
Taliban captures west Afghanistan district

Both the Taliban and rival militants from a branch of the so-called Islamic State regularly attack local officials and security forces in Nangarhar Province.

Attahullah Khogyani, spokesman for the provincial governor, said two other people in the vehicle were wounded in the attack, which was in the Bati Kot district.

And how USA forces have "crushed the enemy in the field" (or at least "put the Taliban on the defensive") in "this fight for freedom in Afghanistan", where Bagram Airfield is "a beacon of freedom".

The victims are all members of a single family, Khogyani added.

Afghan and U.S. commanders have been relatively upbeat about the course of the war since U.S. President Donald Trump announced a new and more robust military strategy a year ago, with more air strikes and greater support for Afghan forces. Residents of Farah city have complained bitterly about security in the province, where some police units are alleged to collude with Taliban fighters, selling them weapons and ammunition.

Saturday's attack came ahead of an expected increase in fighting with the end of winter and the approach of spring.

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