The Taliban have launched air and ground operation on the “positions of the National Resistance Front (NRF)” forces in Andarab district of the northern Baghlan province over the past 24 hours, said Sibghatullah Ahmadi, a spokesperson for the anti-Taliban militia.
According to Ahmadi, the NRF fighters have repelled the Taliban’s attacks in three villages of Andarab district.
He further claimed that the Taliban launched another attack after suffering heavy casualties in Khuj, Taghanak, and Bagh Dara villages of Andarab.
Intense fighting is underway between the two sides, the NRF spokesperson added.
The Taliban, however, has yet to comment in this regard.
The NRF is a militia formed of former security forces under the leadership of Ahmad Masoud, son of the jihadi commander Ahmad Shah Masoud.
As yet, it has effectively expanded its areas of operations against the ruling Taliban from Panjshir and Baghlan to Takhar and Badakhshan provinces.
In September, the Taliban deployed thousands of heavily armed forces in the northeastern Panjshir province and started a military crackdown on the NRF fighters.
The war between the two sides lasted several weeks and left huge casualties on both sides.