March 22, 2018

Security Forces Under Attack in Western Afghanistan

12 March 2018, 07:20 | Opal Carroll

At least 24 Afghan soldiers were killed in Taliban attack in the western province of Farah

At least 24 Afghan soldiers were killed in Taliban attack in the western province of Farah

As many as 24 Afghan soldiers and members of the special forces have been killed in fighting in the western province of Farah, local officials said on Saturday.

Bakhtawar added that the Taliban opened fire at the provincial police as well as administrative offices from many directions in order to take control over the headquarters.

"Currently, the security and defense forces are engaged in 13 offensives against the terrorists in 10 provinces of the country while the commando forces have conducted 29 separate offensives in different provinces", he said.

Rahimi said Taliban fighters held parts of the district for only about 30 minutes.

IIP quickens to 7.5%, inflation softens
The cumulative CPI inflation was lower at 3.52% in April-December FY2018 compared with 4.58% in April-December FY2017. In January, manufacturing grew by a robust 8.7 per cent, followed by 7.6 per cent increase in electricity generation.

Fared Bakhtawer, the head of the Farah provincial council, on March 12 said initial reports indicate that some 15 security personnel were killed and wounded in the fighting at the Anardara district headquarters.

With the approach of milder spring weather, security officials have said they expect fighting to surge as the Taliban, fighting to drive out global forces and re-impose their version of strict Islamic law, step up pressure.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid denied that Taliban militants had carried out the attack.

The assault is the latest in a series of attacks in the province, which is situated on the border with Iran and is one of the poorest in Afghanistan.

Other News

Trending Now

Beyonce Officially Announces 'On the Run II' Tour With JAY-Z
An errant Ticketmaster posting last week hinted at plans for a sequel to Beyoncé and Jay-Z's co-headlining On The Run Tour . When are Beyonce and Jay Z touring the United Kingdom ? The dream couple will play FirstEnergy Stadium on July 25.

US Secretary Of State, Tillerson Cancels Visit To Nigeria?
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was on Saturday forced to cancel his schedule, after he fell sick. He was received by the Foreign affairs minister Geofrey Onyeama at the forecourt of the Villa.

China's Xi says looks forward to smooth US-North Korea talks
Chung is set to meet with Chinese President Xi Jingping on Monday evening ahead of his visit to Russian Federation on Tuesday. China is North Korea's only diplomatic ally and its most important trade partner.

Daycare owner sentenced for drugging kids so she could tan, work out
Prosecutors said the 32-year-old's crimes are more than just criminal mistreatment as she had a history of criminal activity. The children who had been left in her care during those trips had melatonin in their systems, according to court documents.

Warren Gatland: 'Emotional' Wales fullback Liam Williams risked red
However, Wales quickly made light of the man-disadvantage as it extended the lead just three minutes into the second half. North powered over for his second try of the game 14 minutes from time to secure the bonus point. "It's what we wanted".

The Church of Scientology Is Launching its Own Television Network
So claims one promo for the Church of Scientology's newly announced TV network named, fittingly enough, The Scientology Network . What's interesting, though, is there isn't much indication yet about what the content will be.

The comedian Sir Ken Dodd has died
The Liverpudlian stand up, from Knotty Ash, married his partner of 40 years Anne Jones on Friday at their house. He also ventured into TV shows including "The Ken Dodd Show", "Beyond Our Ken" and "Ken Dodd's Laughter Show".

MacBook Air 2018 Will Come With LG-Made Retina Displays
The 13.3-inch a-Si panels for the new notebook feature the same resolution as Apple's 13.3-inch MacBook Pro at 2,560 by 1,600. This sounds like a compelling product, with better specs at a significantly cheaper price.

Harvey Schwartz out of Goldman succession race
Before that, he served as Goldman's chief financial officer and quarterbacked the firm's transition to tougher regulation. The firm's fixed-income trading business, which produced Schwartz, is coming off its worst year in more than a decade.

Man Arrested in 1986 Massachusetts Murder of a Teenager
My thoughts today are not just with my own family, but also with all the families who have lost loved ones to violence. Gilpin said the arrest "leaves us cautiously optimistic that justice for Tracy is within reach".