Afghan security forces, 8 Taliban militants killed in Afghanistan clashes

Afghan security forces, 8 Taliban militants killed in Afghanistan clashes

Afghan security forces, 8 Taliban militants killed in Afghanistan clashes

Another resident said: "The government forces have conducted a number of operations in different parts of the city in the past few days, but this hasn't had any results".

Heavy fighting was ongoing in western Farah province near the Iranian border Tuesday morning after Taliban fighters launched a predawn assault on Farah city, killing and wounding several Afghan troops.

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

"I can say that it is street-to-street battle", a city official, Mohammed Sarwar Usmani, told Arab News. The Taliban have seized control of districts across the country, and the two groups have carried out attacks in the Afghan capital, Kabul, in recent months that killed scores of people.

"The Afghan National Defense and Security forces supported by US forces in Afghanistan air power are on the offensive against the Taliban", he added.

Taliban militants, who ruled the country before being ousted in late 2001, have intensified armed attacks against security forces since April 25 during their annual rebel offensive. Local residents fear the whole province may fall to the insurgents.

Two members of the Afghan forces were killed and four were injured, said Radmanish.

"The people are running from the city and the situation is very bad", said a resident of Farah.

The Taliban are stepping up their spring offensive, in an apparent rejection of a peace talks overture from the government.

According to Salangi the Taliban failed to capture the NDS directorate, Farah prison, police headquarters or "other key organizations and "soon they will be thwarted from the city".

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

It's also an important economic area with the multi-billion-dollar TAPI (Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India) gas pipeline planned for the region. In 2017 insurgents tried three times to overrun the capital, according to the Afghanistan Analysts Network.

Farah has been the scene of intense fighting in recent years.

Afghan security forces have struggled to hold back the resurgent Taliban since the withdrawal of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation combat forces at the end of 2014.

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

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