HERAT: The Afghan Taliban staged a coordinated assault in a single day on two military outposts in western Herat province, killing 14 Afghan troopers and taking 21 captive, a provincial official stated Friday, the most recent in a sequence of day by day assaults by insurgents on the nation’s beleaguered nationwide safety forces.
Herat provincial council member Najibullah Mohebi stated the assault started late on Thursday in Shindand district. Preventing lasted for six hours earlier than reinforcements arrived and repulsed the insurgents however not earlier than they captured 21 troops.
Nonetheless, the Protection Ministry’s spokesman, Ghafor Ahmad Jaweed, put the variety of military useless and wounded at 10. The completely different accounts couldn’t instantly be reconciled.
Based on Shindand district chief Hekmatullah Hekmat, as many as 200 Taliban fighters took half within the assault, utilizing rocket-propelled grenade launchers and computerized machine weapons.
Hekmat stated 30 Taliban had been killed within the combating, which continued sporadically within the space on Friday, largely about 12 kilometers (7 miles) from the district capital, Shindand, probably as a part of an try to disrupt the highway linking the district to Herat province, a Taliban heartland.
The world’s remoteness makes it inconceivable to confirm the studies.
Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid claimed duty for the assault, saying on Twitter that the insurgents seized a “sizeable quantity of ammunition” and tools. He gave the next toll for Afghan casualties, however insurgents usually exaggerate their claims.
The Taliban have been lively within the space and have focused Afghan safety forces all through the nation in day by day assaults.
The surge in violence comes as the US is pushing for a peaceable decision of the 17-year battle whereas the Taliban have more and more asserted management over huge tracts of the nation.
A U.S. Congress-mandated watchdog estimates that almost half of Afghanistan is both below Taliban management or the militant group’s affect. Washington has dedicated $four billion a 12 months to finance, practice and outfit Afghan forces.
The conflict, America’s longest, has price the U.S. about $1 trillion for the reason that 2001 overthrow of the Taliban and although a lot of the funds have gone for safety, the safety scenario continues to deteriorate in a lot of the nation.
The appointment in September of Afghan-American Zalmay Khalilzad as U.S. particular envoy to discover a peaceable finish to the battle has accelerated efforts to get each side to the negotiating desk.
Khalilzad, who was in Islamabad earlier this week, is at the moment in Afghanistan on a tour of the area, and also will cease in Moscow and Brussels.