US, Afghanistan Launch Air Strikes As Taliban Attack Western City

US, Afghanistan Launch Air Strikes As Taliban Attack Western City

The Afghan Defense Ministry said in a statement that "serious measures" had been taken to defend Farah after the militants launched their offensive from the city's north side.

Taliban insurgents launched attacks from multiple directions on the capital of Farah province in western Afghanistan near the border with Iran early Tuesday, killing and wounding "dozens" of security forces, a local official said.

Noorulhaq Khaliqi, a military spokesman in Farah, said Afghan security forces had repelled the attack but some residents said the Taliban had already set up checkpoints around the city and were checking identity cards and preventing people from fleeing.

Afghan security forces keep watch during blasts and gunbattle at the site in Jalalabad city, Afghanistan May 13, 2018.

Early Tuesday, Ahmad Zaki, a doctor at the city's central hospital, said that so far two dead police officers and 16 wounded security forces members had been brought to the medical facility since the start of the latest assault. They have been posting images on social media which they claim shows them inside the city.

Poor coordination among security forces and the Taliban's access to more sophisticated weapons have been cited as major factors in the militants' advance.

Many radio and television channels in the province have stopped broadcasting, fearing for their employees' lives, according to media watchdog Nai. Despite the pressure of greatly stepped-up US and Afghan airstrikes, the Taliban have shown little interest in the Afghan government's offer of a comprehensive peace agreement.

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Farah is a poppy-growing province in a hard to reach part of Afghanistan which a section of the multi-billion-dollar TAPI (Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India) gas pipeline will traverse.

"Government reinforcements have arrived including around 100 commando forces".

Farah has been the scene of intense fighting in recent years. During 2017, they failed three times to seize the city.

General Amarkhail added that "even ordinary citizens were aware of the Taliban gradually taking over more areas and becoming a formidable force in the province". The insurgents have not overrun any other city, a fact that US military officials often point to as a sign of fatal weakness.

The insurgents have tried several times to take provincial capitals in recent years, including in Kunduz and Lashkar Gah.

If the Taliban gain a foothold, then fighters from neighbouring provinces would flood into the city, he warned.

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