Afghanistan retakes northern district from Taliban

On 10 January 2016 Afghan government forces attacked and retook Darqad District from Taliban. Darqad is located in the north of Afghanistan, on the border with Tajikistan. It had been captured by Taliban on 28 October 2015.

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Taliban takes Sangin and Gulistan

Town of Sangin finally fell to the Taliban on 23 December 2015. Complete capture of the town had been preceded by days of heavy fighting in the streets after Sangin was surrounded by the Talibs.

Sangin is located 65 kilometers from Lashkar Gah – the capital of Helmand province. Several other districts of Helmand are already in the hands of the Taliban, including Ghorak, Musa Qala and Nauzad.

Reportedly, Taliban forces have also taken Gulistan District, north-west from Helmand Province.

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Afghanistan: Taliban conquers another northern district

While the Afghan government forces still struggle to fully liberate the city of Kunduz after taking most of it, the Talibs continue taking over other areas of the country.

On 2 October 2015 Taliban successfully attacked and took over Warduj District in the Badakhshan Province. This area is located east of Kunduz, in the north-eastern corner of Afghanistan.

This success of the Talibs comes after a number of other districts had been captured by them in the recent days.

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Afghanistan: Kunduz retaken, but Taliban captures other districts.

The government of Afghanistan has retaken most of the city Kunduz from the Taliban forces. US Special Forces reportedly took part in the operation.

Meanwhile, Taliban took Imam Sahib district in the Kunduz Province, north of Kunduz city, as well as Khak-e-Safid district in western Afghanistan.

Update:

As of late 1 October 2015, fierce fighting continues inside Kunduz. While the government appears to control most of the city, it does not control all of it, as Taliban continues resistance on the outskirts.

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Afghanistan: Taliban claims taking over more territory after the city of Kunduz

While the Afghan government is trying to take back Kunduz, Taliban claims* it has also taken over districts of Ashkamesh, Yangi Kala and Bangi. All three of these districts are located in the northern Afghanistan, to the east and north-east of Kunduz. If confirmed, this information will indicate establishment of a considerable territorial base under Taliban control in the north of the country.

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* See the relevant Taliban statements below:

http://shahamat-english.com/ishkamish-district-conquered-in-countrys-north/

http://shahamat-english.com/yangi-qala-district-liberated/

http://shahamat-english.com/mujahideen-take-control-of-another-district-in-takhar-2/

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Afghanistan: Taliban takes the city of Kunduz

On 28 September 2015 Taliban forces have taken Kunduz – a key city in northern Afghanistan. Kunduz also is the first provincial capital to be controlled by Taliban since their fall from power in late 2001.

This is another victory for Taliban since withdrawal of the main forces of the Western coalition in 2014. A number of other locations in Afghanistan were taken over by Taliban during 2015. Another faction in Afghanistan’s ongoing war is Islamic State, which has recently gained some territory in the east of the country.

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