Hundreds of Taliban rebels attacked a district in Afghanistan’s western Badghis province, with both Afghan government forces and the rebel group suffering dozens of calamity, as per the statement provided by provincial officials. Jamshed Shahabi spokesman for Badghis’ provincial governor stated that over 30 Taliban militants were killed.
The district of Bala Murghab has been a persisting hotspot of battle in the last two months, and officials have earlier cautioned that it might fall to the hands of the Taliban without support.
Fighting in Afghanistan has stepped up before the usual spring season, as both sides look forward to add leverage in discussions on a peace settlement.
The Taliban killed 36 members of the government forces and conquered several security checkpoints in assaults that started on Wednesday night, Waris Sherzad, district governor of Bala Murghab, stated late on Thursday. Fighting is still continuing.
Taliban spokesman Qari Yousuf Ahmadi stated that it assaulted from four directions, seizing five checkpoints.
In a series of tweets, Afghanistan’s defense ministry stated that its forces chose to “strategically retreat” from the checkpoints to avert civilian casualties. The ministry stated that it resorted to multiple air assaults on Taliban positions.
The battle in Badghis has been especially fierce along with northern Kunduz province and Helmand province in the south in past weeks. Both sides recorded heavy casualties in Badghis last month, and at one point of time, 50 members of Afghan security forces submitted to the Taliban.
The conflict between militant groups has also increased. The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in a statement stated on Thursday that Islamic State assaults on Taliban positions on 23rd March resulted in 21,000 people being dislodged in Kunar and Nangarhar provinces.