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Afghan forces repel Taliban assault on provincial capital, governor says

WorldJul 11, 2021 01:30PM ET
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KABUL/MUMBAI (Reuters) -Afghan security forces, with the help of air strikes, repelled an assault by Taliban fighters on the provincial centre of a key northern province bordering Tajikistan on Sunday, officials said.

The Taliban assault was the latest in a string of offensives that has seen insurgents capture territory across Afghanistan as U.S.-led foreign forces are in the final stages of withdrawing troops after almost 20 years of fighting.

"The enemy's offensive attacks were repelled, and they suffered heavy and unprecedented casualties, as a result of which 55 enemy soldiers were killed and 90 were wounded," the governor of Takhar province Abdullah Qarluq said.

Reuters could not independently confirm his account.

More than a dozen Taliban fighters were killed in air strikes by the Afghan Air Force on hideouts on the outskirts of Takhar's provincial center, Taluqan, Afghanistan's defence ministry said on Twitter.

"The Taliban attacked Taluqan from four directions last night (Saturday), but were faced with strong resistance from security forces and (local) people," Khalil Asir, spokesman for Takhar Police Command, told Reuters.

Taluqan is just the latest provincial capital to come under Taliban pressure. Earlier this week Taliban fighters entered the capital of the western province of Badghis, seizing police and security facilities and attempting to take over the governor's office before special forces pushed them back.

Insurgents have made a fresh push to gain territory in recent weeks, emboldened by the departure of foreign 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 said on Sunday it had temporarily repatriated officials from its consulate in Kandahar, a major city in southern Afghanistan.

"Due to the intense fighting near Kandahar city, India-based personnel have been brought back for the time being," Arindam Bagchi, chief spokesperson at India's foreign ministry, said in a statement.

"India is closely monitoring the evolving security situation in Afghanistan," Bagchi said, adding that India's consulate in Kandahar was being run by local staff temporarily.

Taliban officials said on Friday that the Sunni Muslim insurgent group had taken control of 85% of Afghanistan's territory. Afghan government officials dismissed the assertion as propaganda.

Afghan forces repel Taliban assault on provincial capital, governor says
 

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andy matalobos
andy matalobos Jul 11, 2021 7:22PM ET
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Another bitter military, political and financial defeat for the U.S.A. The Taliban didn't crashed the airplanes into the towers....all ********involved in the suicide attack were all Saudi with the exception of one Egyptian....No Talibans were involved.....George Bush at that time needed a easy political military victory against a bunch of shepherds. Wrong target, the Taliban has already defeated the British, Russians and now the U.S.A.
Kaveh Sun
Kaveh Sun Jul 11, 2021 12:27PM ET
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Trillion dollars wasted n the country will be back to the ice age. if they like to live like cavemen, let them be.
Klaus Weyers
Klaus Weyers Jul 11, 2021 3:53AM ET
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all women should leave.. problem solved.. no more Talibans in the future
Mart Bab
Rubberduck1973 Jul 11, 2021 3:53AM ET
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I think this is a very good idea.
Kaveh Sun
Kaveh Sun Jul 11, 2021 3:53AM ET
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Which country will take them?
Kaveh Sun
Kaveh Sun Jul 11, 2021 3:53AM ET
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We r talking about 18-20mil people here. Non of the countries in that aera willing to take any. A few mil migrants broke Eu.
Klaus Weyers
Klaus Weyers Jul 11, 2021 3:52AM ET
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sad when religious fools take over a country
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sorry, Afghanistan
MuraliKrishna Brahmandam
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Deja Vu all over again
 
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