At least 19 security force members, including three public uprising force members, were killed in a new spate of fighting between Afghan security forces and the Taliban in the past 24 hours, security sources said on Thursday. This follows a relative calm reported across the country during the first and second day of Eid.
There are reports that the security forces have left Marjah and Garmsir districts in southern Helmand province. The Taliban are now controlling these districts, the sources said.
“This is a tactical move, the security forces were relocated to Lashkargah city due to some problems in restarting operations there,” said Karim Ata, a member of Parliament from Helmand.
According to the sources, there is heavy fighting taking place between the Afghan security forces and the Taliban in the Ghazi Abad district of Kunar province.
Afghan security authorities have said that security forces during this period killed "60 Taliban fighters" in various parts of the country.
Battles have been reported in Helmand, Kapisa, Kunduz, Takhar, Badakhshan, Logar, Kandahar and Jawzjan provinces.
“Fighting occurred between the local commanders and the Taliban in the Dara-e-Farakhsha area in Nejrab district of Kapisa, the Taliban sustained heavy casualties as a result, we also had three martyrs from the local forces,” said Mir Haidar Afzali, the head of Parliament’s defense commission.
“They have laid a siege around Ghazi Abad, there are no supply routes to deliver food,” said Iqbal Saeed, the governor of Kunar.
Based on the reports, 13 districts in Faryab have fallen to the Taliban and the security forces are deployed only in Aqina and Andkhoi ports and the capital city of Maimana.
Local officials in Faryab said that many people from PD1 of Maimana city have fled their homes.
“Two days ago there were some movements from the opponents, but the security and defense forces repelled them,” said Enayatullah Kamal, the governor of Faryab.
The Afghan Ministry of Defense stated that security forces will retake areas from the Taliban.
“The security forces will push back the Taliban from the area, they will liberate the area,” said Fawad Aman, a deputy spokesman for the Ministry of Defense.
Since the official announcement of the US forces' withdrawal, 215 districts--including several economically-important port areas--are now in the hands of the Taliban.