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The Taliban temporarily overran the capital of Afghanistan’s Farah province located along the Iranian border before American and Afghan forces drove the militants out on Tuesday, marking the second time the narco-terrorists seized a major urban area since the U.S.-led invasion in 2001.
On Wednesday, the Afghan government conceded that seven urban centers, including Farah city, are facing “serious security threats” from the Taliban, adding that the U.S.-backed Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF), which include police and army units, are ready to defend the cities, TOLO News reports.
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Throughout the war in Afghanistan, which started nearly 17 years ago, the Taliban’s power and influence have been concentrated in rural areas.
Nevertheless, the terrorists briefly captured the capital of northern Afghanistan’s Kunduz province in September 2015, the first time the jihadists took control of a major urban area since the 2001 U.S.-led invasion.
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Clashes between the narco-jihadists and U.S.-assisted Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) in Farah city on Tuesday resulted in hundreds of fatalities including five civilians, 25 local troops, and between 198 and up to 300 Taliban terrorists.
The U.S. military in Afghanistan asserted on Twitter on Tuesday that, backed by American airpower, Farah city “remains” under Kabul’s control.
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However, several news outlets report that the province fell to the control of the Taliban on Tuesday for nearly a day.
“[S]everal enemy check posts and centers have been overrun after causing serious toll to enemy,” the Taliban noted on Tuesday, later adding that it had attacks Farah’s “Sheibkoh district administration center, police headquarter and NDS [Afghanistan’s intelligence agency National Directorate of Security] district headquarter last night.”
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Al Jazeera reports that American and Afghan troops had driven the Taliban out of the center of Farah, the capital of a province of the same name, by Wednesday, “a day after fighters took control...
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