The Taliban assault was the newest in a string of offensives that has seen insurgents seize territory throughout Afghanistan as U.S.-led overseas forces are within the ultimate levels of withdrawing troops after virtually 20 years of preventing.
“The enemy’s offensive assaults have been repelled, and so they suffered heavy and unprecedented casualties, because of which 55 enemy troopers have been killed and 90 have been wounded,” the governor of Takhar province Abdullah Qarluq stated.
Reuters couldn’t independently verify his account.
Greater than a dozen Taliban fighters have been killed in air strikes by the Afghan Air Force on hideouts on the outskirts of Takhar’s provincial heart, Taluqan, Afghanistan’s defence ministry stated on Twitter.
“The Taliban attacked Taluqan from 4 instructions final night time (Saturday), however have been confronted with robust resistance from safety forces and (native) folks,” Khalil Asir, spokesman for Takhar Police Command, advised Reuters.
Taluqan is simply the newest provincial capital to come back below Taliban strain. Earlier this week Taliban fighters entered the capital of the western province of Badghis, seizing police and safety services and trying to take over the governor’s workplace earlier than particular forces pushed them again.
Insurgents have made a contemporary push to achieve territory in current weeks, emboldened by the departure of overseas forces. The Pentagon believes that after taking dozens of district centres, the Taliban will make a push for provincial centres.
In southern Afghanistan, too, clashes continued.
India stated on Sunday it had briefly repatriated officers from its consulate in Kandahar, a significant metropolis in southern Afghanistan.
“Because of the intense preventing close to Kandahar metropolis, India-based personnel have been introduced again in the meanwhile,” Arindam Bagchi, chief spokesperson at India’s overseas ministry, stated in a press release.
“India is intently monitoring the evolving safety scenario in Afghanistan,” Bagchi stated, including that India’s consulate in Kandahar was being run by native workers briefly.
Taliban officers stated on Friday that the Sunni Muslim rebel group had taken management of 85% of Afghanistan’s territory. Afghan authorities officers dismissed the assertion as propaganda.