Deadly fighting in Afghanistan’s Farah province bordering Iran intensifies


nsnbc : Dozens of Afghan forces were reportedly killed in repeated insurgent attacks over the past week in Afghanistan’s western Farah province, which borders. Politicians and residents in the province said Taliban insurgents also have captured several security outposts in and around the Bala Baluk district.

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Afghan security forces backed by international air support have reportedly killed some 30 Taliban assailants in attempts to counter the insurgents and destroyed a number of military vehicles.

Farah also shares a border with Helmand province, Afghanistan’s largest, where the Taliban controls or influences a majority of the districts. The fighting in the western Afghan province comes amid allegations Iran and Russia are providing support to the Taliban.

A local intelligence source reported earlier this year to nsnbc international that Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard forces are among Taliban insurgents in Herat province and it is likely that Iranian troops and proxies are present in a long-established Iranian corridor.

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, while speaking on Thursday during his first visit to Kabul, warned both Russia and Iran against such activities. “Those two countries have both suffered losses due to terrorism. So I think it would be extremely unwise to think that they can somehow support terrorists in another country and not have it come back to haunt them,” Mattis said, but he declined to discuss specifics.

The presence of proxies, including Iranian has long been known and published, among others by Pakistani Major (r( Agha H. Amin Map plottings, Major (r) Agha Humayum Amin

The presence of proxies, including Iranian has long been known and published, among others by Pakistani Major (r( Agha H. Amin Map plottings, Major (r) Agha Humayum Amin

Tehran and Moscow have acknowledged maintaining contacts with the Taliban to use the group to counter emerging threats from Islamic State in volatile Afghan regions.

But both countries deny they are militarily supporting the insurgents. Stepped up insurgent attacks across most of the country’s 34 provinces continue to inflict heavy casualties on Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF).

Earlier this week, at least 12 Afghan forces were killed when a Taliban suicide bomber detonated his explosives-packed vehicle in the Maroof district of southern Kandahar province.

The Taliban has also ambushed and assassinated five Afghan district police chiefs in September. The Islamist insurgency has extended its control or influence to more than 40 percent of the Afghan territory since the U.S.-led foreign combat troops left the country in 2014.

F/AK – nsnbc 01.10.2017



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