Friday, 29 May 2015

Oruzgan province sliding back towards Taliban control

Afghan province sliding back towards Taliban control

Eighteen months after Australian Defence Force troops withdrew from their main base in Oruzgan province, a power vacuum left by the assassination of a Western-backed strongman has sparked an insurgency push that by some estimates has put half the province in Taliban hands.

Australia's ambassador to Afghanistan, Nasir Ahmad Andisha, confirmed there have been setbacks, saying: "It's unfortunately the case that the level of attacks, the intensity and the sophistication, is something we have not seen in the last four or five years."

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