Taliban forces sweep into capital of Afghan poppy-growing province

(From Reuters)

Taliban forces were battling on Thursday in the capital of Afghanistan’s central province of Uruzgan, a top poppy-cultivating area, threatening government offices as the leadership fled to the airport, officials said.

Talian attack on Tarin Kot

Afghan forces inflicted heavy casualties on Taliban which earlier claimed its fighters had overrun 15 government security posts near Tarin Kot

Militants had fought their way to within a few hundred meters of the governor’s compound and police headquarters in Tarin Kot, a city of about 70,000 people, but by afternoon, officials said they had beaten off the attacks.

Arriving reinforcements included General Abdul Raziq, a border police commander from the southern region of Kandahar with a fearsome reputation, said Dost Mohammed Nayab, a spokesman for the governor of Uruzgan.

 Aircraft and helicopters flew over the city, providing air support to embattled government troops and the Taliban had suffered heavy casualties, he added. Read More


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