Taliban Clashing With Afghan Forces in Western Farah Province

Frederick Owens
May 16, 2018

Chairman of the provincial Council Fared, Bakhtawar said that terrorists attacked several checkpoints, a result of the attack killed at least 30 security personnel, however, the number of victims will probably increase. The Taliban urged the Afghan nation to boycott the elections and said that the country was "occupied" by foreign forces.

Farah, Ghor, Baghlan, Nangarhar and Zabul are among 10 provinces that have witnessed ongoing heavy clashes between security forces and Taliban in recent days and the continuation of the clashes have raised concerns among the people, MPs and politicians.

"Security checkpoints around the city have collapsed into the hands of the Taliban, causing high casualties among security forces", Bakhtawer said.

He said except two or three areas; other key areas such as the police headquarter, central jail, governor's house, National Directorate of Security (NDS) headquarter, division-71, airport and other areas were under the Afghan forces control. Hours later, Shakoor said he could still hear gunfire as security forces fought back.

"The Taliban have nowhere to hide", Gen. John Nicholson, commander of Resolute Support in Afghanistan, said in February.

"The people are running from the city and the situation is very bad", said a resident of Farah.

"Taliban has entered our city with a full might. they are equipped with heavy arms and night vision", said Dadullah Qane, a provincial council member of Farah.

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Farah, a remote and sparsely populated province on the border with Iran, has seen months of heavy fighting, with hundreds of police and soldiers killed and severe losses inflicted even on elite special forces units.

"An intense battle is going on in the city", he said without providing additional details.

The insurgents in a statement warned residents to remain in their homes and "stay calm".

Farah is a poppy-growing province in a hard to reach part of Afghanistan.

"The Taliban are roaming around and fighting in various areas of the city". There are plans for a section of the multi-billion-dollar TAPI (Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India) gas pipeline to traverse it, a project with which the Taliban have pledged to cooperate. The insurgents captured it in 2015 and again in 2016, but in both cases it was retaken after only a few days amid heavy fighting and airstrikes.

Afghan security forces have struggled to hold back the resurgent Taleban since the withdrawal of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation combat forces at the end of 2014.

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