Taliban advances into Afghan city before being beaten back

Taliban advances into Afghan city before being beaten back

KABUL-Fighting raged Tuesday between Taliban militants and Afghan government forces for control of a provincial capital near the Iranian border, local officials said, in a confrontation shaping up as a stern test of USA efforts to build an effective, local force.

The clashes started at about 2am early Tuesday after Taliban insurgents started clashes in the city, a member of the provincial council Dadullah Qane said, adding that "clashes are ongoing in several parts of the city and close to National Directorate of Security (NDS) department".

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

Zabihullah Mujahid, the Taliban spokesman said the Taliban has already claimed responsibility for the attacks.

The Taliban controls several nearby districts, but the USA and Afghan forces have been working to retake them.

"NDS forces in their headquarters are engaged in heavy clashes with the Taliban".

Violence has escalated across Afghanistan since the announcement of the Taliban's annual spring offensive last month and there have been heightened security fears around preparations for elections in October.

Around 100 commandoes joined government reinforcements to prevent the fall of Farah to the militants.

But inside the city residents reported clashes were continuing. "Gun battles, air strikes and explosions are taking place around the city", he told Xinhua earlier by phone.

The Taliban was asking the city's residents to stay in their homes and promising they wouldn't be harmed.

A Farah government official and several residents said security forces were engaged in police districts two and three, around four kilometres from the city centre.

"The sounds of explosions and gunfire have filled the city", one resident who gave his name as Bilal said, adding that he could see smoke rising from the direction of a building housing the NDS. The group said in April that this year's campaign, called 'Al Khandaq, ' is in response to US President Donald Trump's aggressive military strategy to force the militants into peace talks.

Farah is a poppy-growing province in a hard to reach part of Afghanistan which a section of the multi-billion-dollar TAPI (Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India) gas pipeline will traverse.

Farah has been the scene of intense fighting in recent years.

Related news:

Hot News

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top US Putting Serious Pressure on Iran Nuclear Deal Participants - Moscow
May 15, 2018 - 22:17
Mike Pompeo , the secretary of state, has backed Trump on the treaty and called Iran the "biggest sponsor of terrorism in the world".

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Hamas: Ismail Haniya visits Egypt ahead of U.S. embassy move
May 14, 2018 - 05:03
For Israelis, Sunday is Jerusalem Day, an annual celebration of the "reunification" of the city following the 1967 Six-Day War. Israel says it is protecting a sovereign border and accuses Hamas of using the unrest to plan and carry out attacks.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Supreme Lewis Hamilton takes Spanish Grand Prix victory
May 14, 2018 - 04:55
In Barcelona , Verstappen did a fine job holding off Vettel and restored some credibility to seal a second podium of the season. Ferrari surrendered the lead in the constructors' championship to Mercedes and now trail them by 27 points after five races.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Pakistani authorities bar U.S. envoy involved in mishap from leaving country
May 13, 2018 - 13:13
The development came a day after Islamabad High Court passed a judgement that the U.S. diplomat did not enjoy absolute immunity. A senior Pakistani Intelligence official later told The New York Times that Hall was questioned by police in Islamabad .

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Karnataka election 2018 : Siddaramaiah says exit polls are just for entertainment
May 13, 2018 - 13:13
All the exit polls have predicted that the highest number of votes will be bagged by the BJP, followed by Congress and JD (S). As per the EC, a total of 600 pink polling stations were set up across the state, which was completely managed by women.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top ISIS Claims Responsibility For Deadly Stabbing Spree In Paris
May 13, 2018 - 13:12
Responding to the ongoing incident, officers initially attempted to taser the assailant, but after that failed shot the man dead. French President Emmanuel Macron tweeted his praise for police who "neutralised the terrorist" and his thoughts for the victims.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Campaign for Assembly elections in Karnataka ends
May 12, 2018 - 06:22
The BJP and the Congress have both raked up caste identity and tried to carve out distinct vote banks fuelling caste divisions. According to a recent opinion poll by Loknit-CSDS-ABP over 61 per cent Lingayats in the state were in favour of the BJP.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Perform Group signs $1bn U.S. streaming deal with Matchroom Boxing
May 12, 2018 - 06:21
The 38-year-old also revealed that the undercard fights of each event will be streamed on social network sites for free. Hearn added that for one card he may spend more than the budget of HBO and Showtime combined.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Apple wants official permission to test new drone program
May 11, 2018 - 02:04
Including flying drones at night and beyond an operator's line of vision in the United States. In Reno, Nev., they will test airlifting life-saving defibrillators to patients.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top AT&T earns a swampy scarlet letter for paying $600000 to Trump's fixer
May 11, 2018 - 02:03
Michael Cohen , President Donald Trump's personal attorney, center, leaves federal court, in New York , April 16, 2018. Novartis also said it was contacted by Mueller's team last November, and was asked about the deal with Cohen .

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Iraqi forces capture five top ISIS leaders in cross-border raid
May 11, 2018 - 02:02
The news comes just after Islamic State militants re-pledged their loyalty to the group's leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi last month. Hashimi described Eithawi and Jamal as the two most senior Islamic State figures ever to be captured alive.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Which Winning Act From Yesterday's Eurovision Semi Final Is Your Favourite?
May 10, 2018 - 06:46
As reported, Ukraine on "Eurovision-2018" it will present with the song "Under the Ladder". "Wouldn't it be a dream?" said Kealy. The Eurovision Song Contest kicks off on Tuesday night with the first semi-final.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Ranveer Singh fawns over Deepika Padukone's Met Gala look on Instagram
May 10, 2018 - 06:46
Her Met Gala look previous year was more sombre, pairing pearls and whites together to make one chic combination. Her blazer was draped across her shoulder as she showed of her belly button in a sung white crop top.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top E. coli outbreak from lettuce shows up in Minnesota
May 10, 2018 - 06:43
However, children younger than 10, the elderly, and those with compromised immune systems are at risk of developing complications. The law firm has brought E. coli lawsuits against such companies as Jack in the Box, Dole, ConAgra, Cargill, and Jimmy John's.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Justin Bieber "Is Convinced" He'll Get Back Together with Selena Gomez
May 10, 2018 - 06:40
The source says, " Selena is putting a lot of effort into her new music and projects with Coach and Puma". Now, Sel has responded to the backlash with a hilarious/cryptic Instagram post.