khaskhabar.com : Friday, June 11, 2021 6:01 PM
Kabul | Taliban militants have captured another important district in Afghanistan’s northern Takhar province, officials said on Friday.
Local council members said Ishqimish was a strategically important district for both the Taliban and the government. The district fell into the hands of terrorists after heavy clashes late on Thursday night.
After hours of fighting, security forces were forced to leave the district due to lack of ammunition and air support, DPA news agency quoted members as saying.
He said several security forces were killed and injured in the fighting over control of the area, but the exact number is unknown.
According to councillors, the district is strategically important as it connects four more districts of the province and Taliban militants can now easily threaten neighboring districts.
Meanwhile, the Taliban have also been attacking parts of Bungi, another district in the province, since Thursday, officials said.
Since the start of the official withdrawal of US and other NATO troops in Afghanistan on May 1, at least 15 districts have fallen into Taliban hands.
Afghanistan has 34 provinces and about 400 districts.
District centers function as secondary level administrative units.
According to a UN report, the Taliban have captured five districts in the past year, four of which were recaptured by the government within days.
According to a New York Times report, the Pentagon is now considering seeking authorization to conduct airstrikes to support Afghan security forces if the Taliban capture or attack Kabul or any other major city.
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