The Taliban onslaught seems to have intensified with the start of the final withdrawal of US and NATO troops in late April. As attacks intensify, Afghan security forces and government troops have retaliated with increasing air strikes, aided by the United States. This has raised growing concerns about civilian casualties across the country.
Taliban militants have switched strategy from targeting rural areas of Afghanistan to attacking provincial cities, in response to increased US air strikes after the United States said it was ending its longest war, three militant commanders said. The Taliban have stepped up their campaign to defeat the US-backed government as foreign forces complete their withdrawal …
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The United Nations is ‘deeply concerned’ about the safety and protection of tens of thousands of people in Afghanistan’s Lashkar Gah who could be trapped by fighting between government forces and the Taliban. The Taliban have stepped up their campaign to defeat the US-backed government since April as foreign forces complete their withdrawal after 20 …
The Taliban warned Wednesday of more attacks targeting Afghan government leaders, a day after the defence minister escaped an assassination attempt and as the insurgents fought to take control of a string of besieged cities across the country.
The US army on Monday conducted aerial strikes against the Taliban in Lashkargah, the capital of Helmand province in Afghanistan, killing around 40 Taliban fighters. Though the Afghan government did not confirm civilian people being hit, sources in the provincial capital said that eight members of a family, including children, were killed in the strikes.
Three civilians were killed and ten more were wounded in an explosion in Afghanistan’s Herat province on Monday. So far, no group or individual has claimed responsibility for the blast.
Fighting has surged across the country in the months since early May when US-led foreign forces began a final withdrawal from Afghanistan that is now almost complete. Flights out of Kandahar, Afghanistan’s second-largest city and was also the former bastion of the insurgents, were halted after rockets struck the airport before dawn.