Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

Airstrike kills 15 Taliban militants in west Afghanistan

Airstrike kills 15 Taliban militants in west Afghanistan

Other residents, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of fears of possible Taliban retribution, said Taliban militants began their operation at around 2130 GMT on Monday (2am) attacking the city from several directions.

As to a report released May 1 by the US Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), about 39% of the country's territory with 65% of the country's population is controlled by the government, while the number of the police and military forces is declining.

"There is no danger of Farah city collapsing into the hands of Taliban", he added.

At least 10 insurgents and two members of the security forces had been killed so far, Defense Ministry spokesman Mohammad Radmnish said.

The Taliban have frequently claimed they seek to avoid civilian casualties, but human rights organizations have counted thousands of civilian deaths caused by insurgent violence in recent years - many the result of indiscriminate Taliban attacks in populated urban areas.

Inside the city residents reported clashes were continuing.

But the commander of U.S. Central Command, General Joseph Votel, said on May 11 that the Taliban "cannot win militarily".

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"Heavy fighting continues inside the city and aircraft have just started bombarding Taliban positions", she told Agence France-Presse earlier on Tuesday from inside Farah.

Officials have warned of a deteriorating security situation for months, as insurgents have entered the capital on several occasions and threatened outlying districts. "The Taliban are well equipped with heavy arms and night vision equipment".

On Tuesday, may 15, the militant groups of Taliban in the city of Farah in Western Afghanistan has committed another offense.

District centers have been lost or threatened in the northern provinces of Baghlan and Badakhshan and there has been heavy fighting in Faryab in the northwest and Ghazni and Zabul, south of Kabul. In 2017 insurgents tried three times to overrun the capital, according to the Afghanistan Analysts Network.

The United States has boosted its assistance to the government under a new strategy announced by President Donald Trump past year, sending thousands of additional troops and advisers and stepping up air strikes to support Afghan forces.

A lucrative drug route crosses the embattled province, connecting largely Taliban-held Helmand province to the south with Iran in the west. Hundreds of militants have moved there as USA and Afghan forces have stepped up operations in Helmand.

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

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