Random header image... Refresh for more!

Posts from — August 2015

Taliban kill 25 militiamen loyal to first Afghan VP Gen. Dostum

Khaama Press, Aug 29 2015, 9:37 am
Kabul: The Taliban militants have killed at least 25 militiamen loyal to first vice president Gen. Abdul Rashid Dostum shortly after he left northern Faryab province.

The incident took place in Khwajah Sabz Posh district after a group of the Taliban militants ambushed the militiamen while they were travelling.

The district police chief Mohammad Akbar Bashash said the militiamen were looking to travel to Astana Baba village area which fall to Taliban control yesterday.

In the meantime, a member of the provincial council Mohammad Tahir said at least 22 militiamen and 3 civilians were killed in the ambush.

Gen. Dostum arrived in Sar-e-Pul province late on Thursday afternoon after concluding a major military operation in northern Faryab province.

Gen. Dostum called on anti-government armed militants in the restive northern Sar-e-Pul province to surrender or face death upon his arrival in this province.

Faryab is among the volatile provinces in northern Afghanistan where anti-government armed militant groups are actively operating in its various districts and frequently carry out insurgency activities.

Gen. Dostum survived at least two assassination plots by the anti-government armed militant groups while he was leading counter-terrorism operations in Faryab.

The convoy of the First Vice President Gen. Abdul Rashid Dostum was ambushed by the Taliban in militants in Qaisar district of northern Faryab province last week.

Another plot to assassinate Gen. Dostum was thwarted by the security forces and special security guards of the Vice President three days after the failed attack.

At least three suicide bombers were arrested earlier on Monday tonight from the vicinity of Gen. Dostum’s residence in Qaisar district.http://www.khaama.com/taliban-kill-25-militiamen-loyal-to-first-vice-presidet-gen-dostum-1448

2.  Over 100 Taliban killed in military operation launched to retake Musa Qala District
Khaama Press, Aug 29 2015, 9:32 am
Kabul: Officials say over 100 Taliban militants have been killed in the ongoing military operation in Musa Qala District of southern Helmand province.

Omar Zwak, spokesman for the governor of Helmand province says that fresh troops have been deployed to Musa Qala District to clear it from Taliban.

He said ground forces are successfully moving forward on militant positions with the support of the air strikes.

In the meantime, Lt. Col. Mohammad Rasoul Zazai who is the spokesman for 215th Maiwand Military Corps says that 110 militants have been killed and 28 others wounded in these operations so far.

Musa Qala District fall to Taliban hands three days before after severe clashes with security forces.

Mohammad Sharif Khan, the district governor said that security forces resisted with Taliban until their last bullet but when they ran out of ammos and food Taliban captured the district.

While talking to media on Wednesday, Khan mentioned that security forces were surrounded by Taliban for several days but they did not receive assistance which finally led to the fall of the District.

He had also said that a number of security forces embraced martyrdom in clashes. However, he did not have a specific number.http://www.khaama.com/over-100-taliban-killed-in-helmands-musa-qala-district-3837
3.   22 ALP members killed in Taliban ambush in Faryab: report in Afghanistan Times, Aug 28, 2015
KABUL: At least 22 Afghan Local Police (ALP) members and three civilians have been killed in an ambush of the Taliban militants in northwestern Farayb province, said local officials.

Muhammad Tahir Rahmani, a member of Faryab provincial council, said that a convoy of 40 ALP members was on their way to Shirin Tagab district the other day when they came under attack.

“Taliban militants killed 22 policemen and three civilians in the ambush,” TOLOnews quoted Rahmani as saying.
He added that the ALP members wanted to travel to Shirin Tagab district to provide back up support to security forces fighting against the Taliban militants.

He blamed the concerned authorities of turning blind eye towards such incidents. “The government is not capable of supporting Afghan troops who are fighting days and nights to ensure security and safety of their country and countrymen,” he said.

Rozi Muhammad, an ALP member who managed to escape the ambush said that all the ALP members were from Khwaja Sabzposh district of the province. He said that most of the killed ALP members were either his relatives or family members.http://afghanistantimes.af/22-alp-members-killed-in-taliban-ambush-in-faryab/

August 29, 2015   No Comments