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Taliban Captures Afghan Army Base In North, Battle For Ghazni Continues

Taliban Captures Afghan Army Base In North, Battle For Ghazni Continues Taliban Captures Afghan Army Base In North, Battle For Ghazni Continues
Patty Aguilar | 16 August, 2018, 18:54

In this Sunday, Aug. 12, 2018, photo, Afghan Security personnel patrol in the city of Ghazni province west of Kabul, Afghanistan. The Taliban said they expect another round of talks.

Signs point to Trump pressing ahead; he is about to send a new Army general, Scott Miller, to take charge of the USA -led coalition in Kabul.

"A major military and territorial victory on the eve of perhaps important and direct talks can win the Taliban even more political weight", Kohistani told AFP. "The Taliban are asserting themselves on the battlefield even as United States officials talk of hopes for peace. That's raising questions about the viability of the American game plan for ending a war that began when some of the current USA troops were in diapers.

Resolute Support and US Forces-Afghanistan spokesman Lt. Colonel Martin O'Donnel said on Tuesday afternoon that Ghazni City remains under Afghan government control. It also appeared that the tide of battle turned only after the arrival of Afghan special operations forces and USA military advisers during the weekend, as well as repeated aerial attacks and flyovers by US military aircraft.

Against that turbulent backdrop, some wonder whether President Donald Trump can resist pulling the plug on a war in which the U.S.is still spending $4 billion-plus a year just to keep Afghan forces afloat.

Fighting across the country has intensified in recent weeks despite a fleeting outbreak of peace earlier in the summer.

Faizy also said the Taliban seized food from government-owned stores and distributed it among those in need, in an attempt to gain popular support.

"The fall of Ghazni once again illustrated the gulf between Kabul's and Washington's self-delusion" about a negotiated settlement, "and the Taliban's military-centric strategy", Moradian said.

Now, the intentions of Taliban leaders, some of whom were said to have been taken aback by their fighters' sudden enthusiasm for mingling with civilians, seem much less clear.

"That doesn't mean they're great", he said in an interview. The Council on Foreign Relations highlights that the group wants the Americans and the rest of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation out of Afghanistan for good, for they have placed the burden on the USA for their own domestic militancy problems.

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Military helicopters were supporting the ground forces' operations in Ghazni, said Abdul Karim Arghandiwal, an army media officer in southeastern Afghanistan. This introduced an element of uncertainty for the Taliban, he said.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid denies the insurgents have been routed from Ghazni and says sporadic gunbattles are still ongoing.

Taliban launched an attack on Ghazni city on 10 August and is said to have entered the city from different sides. The battlefield results have been mixed, however, as the Taliban have managed to preserve their influence in numerous districts. "Stop fighting and let us go home". Afghan National Defense and Security Forces continue to conduct clearing operations.

Defence Minister Tariq Shah Bahrami said on Monday "about 100 security forces" were killed in the intense fighting, as well "between 20 and 30 civilians".

But the ferocious assault on Ghazni, which left much of the city without water or power, numerous buildings on fire and hospitals overwhelmed with emergency cases, was the most significant Taliban attack on a major urban center in almost three years.

USA military statements, unsurprisingly, continued to downplay what they called an "inconsequential fight" on Friday, saying they view the Taliban in the area as "isolated and desperate", and insist that control of the city remains with the government.

"Bodies of Taliban fighters and police can be seen in the streets". These and other moves boosted the number of USA troops in Afghanistan by at least 3,500, to a total of more than 14,000.

"The Taliban have failed in reaching their goal", said Col. The Taliban assault on Ghazni began as the head of its political office was wrapping up a rare diplomatic foray in neighboring Uzbekistan.

The Taliban, analysts said, are demonstrating strength amid tentative signs that diplomatic efforts to kick-start peace negotiations are starting to bear fruit.

"No doubt the strategy has confronted the Taliban with a reason to go to cease fires. and to go into discussions" about potential negotiations, he said August 7.

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