Heavy clashes are still ongoing in the northern Afghan province of Baghlan, where the Taliban launched a large-scale attack earlier this month.
On May 21, eight Afghan service members were killed in an attack by the Taliban on their position in the district of Guzargah-e-Noor, according to the TOLO News.
Abbas Tawakuli, commander of the Afghan National Army 217th Pamir Corps, told the TOLO News that six Taliban fighters, including a field commander, were killed and seven others were wounded during the attack.
The attack in Guzargah-e-Noor was reportedly carried out by Taliban fighters who were recently pushed out from the district of Baghlan-e-Markazi. The Afghan group entered Baghlan-e-Markazi earlier this month. Currently, the situation in the district is unclear.
Meanwhile, the Afghan Ministry of Defense announced that 20 Taliban fighters, including a district governor named Amrullah, were killed in Afghan forces aerial and ground operations in the districts of Guzargah-e-Noor, Julga and Baghlan-e-Jadid late on May 21.
The Taliban stepped up its operations in Baghlan and other Afghan provinces after President Joe Biden’s announcement of a plan to pull all US troops from Afghanistan by September 11.
The violence in Afghanistan did not decline after a three-day ceasefire during the Islamic holly day of Eid al-Adha [from May 13 to 15].
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