KANDAHAR: The Afghan Taliban took management of Panjwai, a key district in Kandahar, after fierce night-time preventing with authorities forces, officers mentioned on Sunday.
The group has pressed on with their marketing campaign to seize territory throughout Afghanistan’s rural areas since early Might when the US navy started the pullout.
The autumn of Panjwai district within the southern province of Kandahar comes simply two days after US and NATO forces vacated their primary Bagram Air Base close to Kabul, from the place they led operations for 20 years in opposition to the Taliban and their Al-Qaeda allies.
Over time, the Taliban and Afghan forces have often clashed in and round Panjwai, with the insurgents aiming to grab it given its proximity to Kandahar metropolis, the provincial capital.
The province of Kandahar is the birthplace of the Taliban, who went on to rule Afghanistan till being overthrown by a US-led invasion in 2001.
Panjwai district governor Hasti Mohammad mentioned Afghan forces and the Taliban clashed throughout the night time, leading to authorities forces retreating from the world.
“The Taliban have captured the district police headquarters and governor’s workplace constructing,” he informed AFP.
Kandahar provincial council head Sayed Jan Khakriwal confirmed the autumn of Panjwai, however accused authorities forces of “deliberately withdrawing”.
Preventing has raged throughout a number of provinces of Afghanistan in current weeks and the Taliban declare to have seized greater than 100 out of almost 400 districts within the nation.
Afghan officers dispute the claims however acknowledge that authorities troops have retreated from some districts. It’s troublesome to independently confirm the state of affairs.
The exit of overseas troops from Bagram Air Base, north of Kabul, has fuelled considerations the insurgents will ramp up their marketing campaign to seize new territory.
Bagram Air Base has nice navy and symbolic significance, with overseas forces beforehand stationed there providing important air assist within the combat in opposition to the Taliban.
Afghan authorities who’ve taken management of the bottom say they are going to use it to combat terrorism, and have already re-activated its radar system.