25 July 2017

News Story: Taliban Seize Two Key Districts in Ghor and Faryab Provinces

By Sayed Sharif Amiri

Local officials in Faryab and Ghor provinces confirmed Taliban insurgents seized control of Kohistan district in Faryab and Taywara district in Ghor after engaging in fierce gunfights with security forces in the past 24 hours. 

Ghor governor said that the Taliban killed a number of doctors and employees of Taywara district after seizing control of the area. 

But the Taliban issued a statement dismissing the allegations by the Ghor governor as baseless. 

Taliban launched an offensive on Kohistan district on Saturday night at about 10 pm local time. Officials said the district collapsed after heavy fighting at about 2am. But this was not end - 220 kilometer away, the Taliban also managed to seize control of Ghor’s Taywara district early Sunday. 

“The reason is that we were grappling with a shortage of fresh forces, we needed the commandos, but they did not come,” said head of Faryab provincial council Mohammad Sami Khaikhaw. 

“We requested more ground troops and air forces; hopefully our demands have been accepted,” said Abdul Karim Yurish, spokesman for Faryab police headquarters.

But the Defense Ministry says sufficient troops have been deployed. 

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