KANDAHAR: Hundreds of Afghans fled their houses as preventing erupted between authorities forces and the Taliban within the nation’s southern province days after the US navy started its withdrawal from the war-torn nation, officers stated on Tuesday.
Afghan forces pushed again rebel assaults on a number of checkpoints previously 24 hours itself within the province of Helmand the place the US navy on Sunday handed over a base to authorities forces as a part of its formal pullout that started on Might 1.
About 1,000 households have fled their houses to flee the preventing that erupted on the outskirts of Lashkar Gah, the capital of Helmand, and another elements of the province, stated Sayed Mohammad Ramin, the area’s director for refugees.
He stated the households had taken refuge in Lashkar Gah and had come from areas the place preventing was intense previously two days.
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“We will survey their needs tomorrow, but many who still have not found shelter in the city need urgent assistance,” Ramin advised AFP.
The defence ministry stated authorities forces had killed greater than 100 Taliban fighters in Helmand previously 24 hours when the insurgents attacked some checkpoints on the outskirts of Lashkar Gah.
One other 22 Al-Qaeda fighters have been additionally killed within the preventing, the ministry stated.
Officers stated the Taliban fighters initially captured some checkpoints however they have been retaken by authorities forces who pushed again the insurgents.
“The enemy has now lost all the areas it had captured and suffered heavy casualties,” Attaullah Afghan, head of Helmand provincial council advised AFP.
The Taliban stated dozens of Afghan troops have been killed within the preventing. Either side are identified to magnify casualties inflicted on the opposite.
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Combating has additionally erupted in a number of different provinces for the reason that US navy formally started pulling out its remaining 2,500 troops on Might 1.
The Pentagon has downplayed the preventing.
“We’ve seen nothing thus far that has affected the drawdown, or had any significant impact on the mission at hand in Afghanistan,” US Division of Defence spokesman John Kirby stated on Monday.
Practically 20 years after US and allied NATO troops invaded Afghanistan and ousted the Taliban authorities as they pursued Al-Qaeda after the September 11, 2001 assaults, President Joe Biden ordered in April the ultimate withdrawal.
The Taliban assaults on authorities forces have raised issues that American troops have been additionally in danger as they pull out.