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 Could 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 most important Bagram Air Base close to Kabul, from the place they led operations for twenty years towards the Taliban and their Al-Qaeda allies.
Over time, the Taliban and Afghan forces have repeatedly 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 in the course of the night time, leading to authorities forces retreating from the realm.
“The Taliban have captured the district police headquarters and governor’s office building,” he advised AFP.
Kandahar provincial council head Sayed Jan Khakriwal confirmed the autumn of Panjwai, however accused authorities forces of “intentionally 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 tough to independently confirm the scenario.
The exit of international troops from Bagram Air Base, north of Kabul, has fuelled issues the insurgents will ramp up their marketing campaign to seize new territory.
Bagram Air Base has nice navy and symbolic significance, with international forces beforehand stationed there providing very important air help within the battle towards the Taliban.
Afghan authorities who’ve taken management of the bottom say they may use it to battle terrorism, and have already re-activated its radar system.