Saturday, October 22, 2016
Kabul (BNA) The Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) have retaken the control of key areas of Ghormach district during an operation led by the first Vice President General Abdul Rashid Dostum.
According to the local security officials, the Afghan forces have retaken the district administrative compound, the district police commandment, and the market of Ghormach from the Taliban. A spokesman for Ghormach security commandment, Abdul Karim Yurish, said the Taliban insurgents were pushed out of the mentioned areas on Thursday afternoon.He said the Afghan forces have also retaken the control of at least 16 security posts which were seized by the Taliban insurgents nearly two weeks ago.
Yurish further added that the operations were supported by close-air support and the Taliban insurgents suffered heavy loss but he did not disclose the exact number. The Taliban militants group has not commented regarding the report so far. Gen. Dostum left for northern Faryab province on 11th October, shortly after reports emerged regarding the fall of Ghormach district.
The Taliban militants have intensified attacks on key Northern provinces during the recent months as the group attempts to expand its insurgency activities in northern parts of the country. The Afghan forces managed to push the Taliban militants from the city although sporadic clashes still continue in parts of the city with the security officials saying the operations are slowly being as the group have taken positions inside the residential areas.