Afghan security forces continue to fight the Taliban around Ghazni and Kandahar cities as the group claims to have taken over more districts in Khost, Farah and Bamiyan provinces.
Reports say that the Taliban has taken over Saighan district in Bamiyan, Malistan district in Ghazni, Purchaman district in Farah and Musa Khel district in Khost in the past 24 hours.
Meanwhile, the Afghan Ministry of Defense said that the security forces during various operations have killed over 261 Taliban fighters in various regions of Afghanistan in the past 24 hours and repulsed several offensives by the group.
“Saighan and Kuhmard districts have collapsed, the people have major concerns about it,” said Sajjad Foladi, a resident in Bamiyan.
“Bamiyan was affected by the psychological war, more than 20,000 families of Bamiyan have sought refuge in other districts,” said Mohammad Reza Ibrahim, a university lecturer in Bamiyan.
“The situation in Ghazni is not good, the enemy has taken up positions in the residential areas,” said Ghulam Hussain Changez, a member of Ghazni provincial council.
“The war has reached inside the city, many districts are collapsing,” said Mohammad Osman, a civic activist in Kandahar.
“The districts will collapse one by one if the Afghan govt does not bring change to the management of the war,” said MP Baktash Eshchi.
“The security and defense forces are focusing on those areas where the enemy prefer to target them; there has been a program to defend and launch offensives in those areas,” said Rohullah Ahmadzai, a defense ministry spokesman.
Battles have also been reported in Faryab province.
Meanwhile, Marshal Abdul Rashid Dostum has said that the Taliban will face a strong retaliation.