districts reclaimed

Afghan forces reclaim two districts in Takhar province

Afghan defense and security forces while being supported by members of the People Uprising Force, a pro-government militia, have reclaimed Bangi and Khwaja Ghar districts of the northern Takhar province, the Ministry of Defense (MoD) said.

The Taliban have fled the districts, said Fawad Aman, deputy spokesperson for MoD. He added the militants also suffered heavy casualties in military operation launched in Abdal and Qara Parchu villages of Taloqan, capital city of Takhar, today.

Highlighting the effective role of the pro-government militiamen, Abdul Hadi Nazari, spokesperson for 217 Pamir Corps, told Kabul Now that the militiamen are now facing a shortage of munition.

The Ministry of Interior and the National Directorate of Security will supply the militiamen with the required munitions soon, he assured.

The Taliban have not commented regarding the districts’ recapture by government forces.

The militants had overrun Bangi district on June 19 and Khwaja Ghar on June 20. In addition to these, the districts of Chal, Hazar Sumuch, Yangi Qala, Dashti Qala, and Namak Ab of the same province have also fallen to the Taliban in the past three days.

Following the fall of these districts, Abbas Tavakuli, commander of the 217 Pamir Military Corps, went to Taloqan yesterday. He is now leading a large-scale military operation against the militants aimed at pushing them back from the territories lost over past days.

With the two districts reclaimed from the Taliban, the total number of districts fallen to the Taliban since May 01, beginning of foreign troop withdrawal, across the country reaches 41.