Taliban Fighters Took Over Two Districts In Central, Northern Afghanistan
On June 12, Taliban fighters imposed control over two districts located in the central and northern regions of Afghanistan.
In the morning, the Taliban announced that its fighters had captured the district of Zare in the northern province of Balkh.
The group’s claims were confirmed by the Afghan Ministry of Defense, which said that civilian and military institutions in Zare were moved to another area due to “limited access” to the district for supplying equipment to security forces.
A few hours later, Taliban fighters imposed control over the district of Tolak in the central province of Ghor following a heated battle with government forces, according to the TOLO News.
Salman Yusufi, Tolak governor, have not confirm the fall of the district to the Taliban yet. However, he acknowledged that 20 security forces members were killed and 20 others were wounded during clashes in the district. 10 security forces members were also captured by Taliban fighters.
The Taliban stepped up its operations against government forces across Afghanistan following the US announcement of a plan to pull all troops from the country by September 11. In the last two months, the group’s fighters took over the centers of at least 17 districts.
With no progress in the intra-Afghan peace process, the Taliban appears to be aimed at taking over the country once US forces are out.
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