Afghan Forces, Taliban Fight Fierce Battles for Strategic Corridor

FILE - An Afghan security man stands guard at police station after clashes between the Afghan police and Taliban militants at a police station in the city of Kandahar, south of Kabul, Afghanistan, Dec. 8, 2015.
FILE – An Afghan security man stands guard at police station after clashes between the Afghan police and Taliban militants at a police station in the city of Kandahar, south of Kabul, Afghanistan, Dec. 8, 2015.

Afghan security forces are engaged in fierce battles with Taliban insurgents over a besieged southern provincial capital that stands in the way of the Taliban’s attempt to carve a direct military route into central Afghanistan.

Taliban militants have blocked the critical Kandahar-Uruzgan highway, leaving the city of Tarin Kot in central Uruzgan province with few Afghan enforcement and dwindling supplies. Several police checkpoints on the highway have fallen to the Taliban, but U.S. bombers have been aiding Afghan forces.

If the Taliban efforts succeed, even temporarily, analysts say that would be a significant defeat for the Afghan government, giving the insurgents easy access to several nearby provinces. The Kabul government’s forces have been making steady gains against militants in southern Afghanistan, and are trying to contain any Taliban move toward the capital.

SOURCE: EIN NEWS

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