KANDAHAR: The Taliban on Sunday took management of a key district of their former bastion of Kandahar after fierce in a single day combating with Afghan forces, officers mentioned.
The group have pressed on with their marketing campaign to seize territory throughout Afghanistan’s rural areas since early Could when the US army started the pullout.
The autumn of Panjwai district within the southern province of Kandahar comes simply two days after US and NATO forces vacated their primary Bagram Air Base close to Kabul, from the place they led operations for 20 years towards the Taliban and their Al-Qaeda allies.
Through the years, the Taliban and Afghan forces have usually clashed in and round Panjwai, with the Taliban aiming to grab it given its proximity to Kandahar metropolis, the provincial capital.
The province of Kandahar is the birthplace of the Taliban, who went on to rule Afghanistan till being overthrown by a US-led invasion in 2001.
Panjwai district governor Hasti Mohammad mentioned Afghan forces and the Taliban clashed through the evening, leading to authorities forces retreating from the world.
“The Taliban have captured the district police headquarters and governor’s office building,” he informed AFP.
Kandahar provincial council head Sayed Jan Khakriwal confirmed the autumn of Panjwai, however accused authorities forces of “intentionally withdrawing”.
Combating has raged throughout a number of provinces of Afghanistan in latest weeks and the Taliban declare to have seized greater than 100 out of almost 400 districts within the nation.
Afghan officers dispute the claims however acknowledge that authorities troops have retreated from some districts. It’s troublesome to independently confirm the scenario.
The exit of overseas troops from Bagram Air Base, north of Kabul, has fuelled issues the Taliban will ramp up their marketing campaign to seize new territory.
Bagram Air Base has nice army and symbolic significance, with overseas forces beforehand stationed there providing important air help within the battle towards Taliban.
Afghan authorities who’ve taken management of the bottom say they are going to use it to battle terrorism, and have already re-activated its radar system.