11 Aug '18, 2am

Ghazni City up for grabs after coordinated Taliban assault

Just after midnight on Aug. 10, the Taliban launched a coordinated assault on Ghazni City from multiple directions from outlying districts under its control. The status of the provincial capital of Ghazni remains unclear as communications have been severed. Both the Afghan government (and Resolute Support) and the Taliban claim they control the city. The Afghan government and Resolute Support have proven unreliable in the past when it denied that the Taliban took control of Kunduz City (in both 2015 and 2016), and Farah City earlier this year. Resolute Support, NATO’s command in Afghanistan, issued a statement claiming the Afghan government controls the city and describes the Taliban assault on Ghazni City as “another failed attempt by Taliban to seize terrain, while creating strategically inconsequential headlines.” U.S. Forces responded with close-air support this mornin...

Full article: https://www.longwarjournal.org/archives/2018/08/ghazni-ci...

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