21 March 2017

News Story: Taliban Using Civilian Homes As Shields in Baghlan Battle

By Hamid Shirzai

Residents in the Baghlan-e-Markazi district of northern Baghlan province have said that the Taliban has destroyed their homes after taking control of their area.

They said that the Taliban changed their homes into military strongholds to battle security forces.

Meanwhile, security officials in Baghlan have also confirmed that the Taliban used civilian homes as shields in battles over the past month.

“Taliban established their trenches inside the residential areas, you know that we had no option except to demolish Taliban barracks,” said Abbas, an ANA colonel in Baghlan.

There are some reports however that one battle between the Taliban and security forces completely destroyed Mangalha village.

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