dglobalnews.com Taliban militants capture Taywara HQs in Afghanistan
Published: Mon, July 24, 2017
Global Media | By Cecelia Webb

Taliban militants capture Taywara HQs in Afghanistan

Taliban militants capture Taywara HQs in Afghanistan

Afghan and U.S. forces launched an offensive against ISIS in early March.

The friendly fire incident, now under investigation, happened during a US-supported Afghan National Defense and Security Forces operation that aimed to go after militants in Gereshk district, US Forces-Afghanistan said.

The security situation in Ghor province has started to deteriorate during the recent months as both the Taliban insurgents and loyalists of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group are actively operating in a number of the remote districts of the province.

Taywara and Kohistan were overrun by the Taliban after days of clashes with security forces.

Youresh said two police officer were killed in the clashes with the militants in Faryab, which has been the scene of repeated clashes between Afghan security forces and Taliban fighters seeking to expand their reach in the area.

Provincial public order police forces commander Mahmood Andarabi confirmed the fall of the district center into the hands of Taliban insurgents. It wasn't immediately clear if they had been kidnapped or whether they had escaped.

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Raziq said the insurgents released 30 of the hostages and were still holding 30 others.

Afghan police on Sunday launched a search for some 30 villagers still missing two days after a mass kidnapping blamed on Taliban terrorists in the southern province of Kandahar.

The last incident of this type dates back to 12 July: afghan authorities have discovered the bullet-ridden bodies of seven passengers of a bus whose occupants have been kidnapped in the west during an attack attributed to the taliban. The Associated Press could not independently verify either death toll.

The governor of Afghanistan's northern Badakshan's province says 11 police have been killed and another six wounded during a roaring battle with Taliban insurgents.

At least 7 of the kidnapped villagers were found dead on July 22, along the highway that runs from Kandahar, the largest city in southern Afghanistan, to Tarinkot, capital of Uruzgan province, a poppy-growing area where the Taliban has a heavy presence.

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