Saturday, 22 October 2016

Taliban threatens another provincial capital in Afghan north

Taliban threatens another provincial capital in Afghan north | The Long War Journal

On Oct. 16, the Taliban assaulted Maimana, Faryab’s capital, “from three directions,” and attacked the city’s airport and an Afghan Army base, but were rebuffed by Afghan forces, according to TOLONews. Taliban fighters withdrew to “bases to Khaja Sahib Posh and Pashtun Kot districts” after failing to achieve their objectives.
The Afghan Ministry of Defense said that the Taliban was attempting to free prisoners from Maimana’s jail, and claimed that “hundreds” of fighters were killed or wounded during the attack, Khaama Press reported.
The Taliban used its sanctuary districts surrounding Maimana to launch this assault. The Taliban controls the district of Pashtun Kot and contests Khwaja Sabz Posh. These two districts encircle the provincial capital.

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