KABUL Afghan security forces have regained command of a district middle close to the northern town of Kunduz that fell to Taliban insurgents previously this month, officials claimed on Tuesday.
A assertion from the inside ministry claimed security forces had introduced their procedure to retake Qala-i-Zal, a district to the northwest of Kunduz, on Tuesday morning and had secured the district governor’s business office, law enforcement headquarters and other areas.
“Suitable now, a enormous procedure in insecure areas of Qala-i-Zal is ongoing,” it claimed. “Afghan security forces will not allow Taliban insurgents rule our persons in any portion of the nation.”
The protection ministry claimed just one insurgent had been killed in the procedure. There was no phrase on any casualties amongst security forces.
Taliban fighters seized Qala-i-Zal, on the border with Tajikistan, on Might six as they stepped up strain on Kunduz at the start out of their once-a-year spring offensive.
Battling has been going on all about Kunduz, with security forces having difficulties to open up the key highway into the town following it was blocked with mines and improvised roadside bombs.
Though the town middle itself is in government arms, the Taliban command most of the surrounding districts and hundreds of residents are reported to have fled their households to prevent the combating.
Kunduz has been just one of the Taliban’s key targets at any time because intercontinental troops mostly ended their battle mission in Afghanistan in 2014. Above the past two decades, the insurgents have 2 times managed to seize the town middle for brief durations in advance of currently being driven off following times of combating and air strikes.
In accordance to U.S. estimates, the government controls only about sixty p.c of the nation with the relaxation possibly below Taliban command or contested by the insurgents.
(Reporting by Mirwais Harooni Writing by James Mackenzie Enhancing by Paul Tait)