On October 13, the Taliban ambushed a convoy of Afghan government forces and the NATO in the district of Marjah in the southern province of Helmand, according to the Afghan group news agency Voice of Jihad. The convoy was reportedly on its way to lift the siege of a nearby military base.
Voice of Jihad said that during the ambush five armored vehicles were destroyed with 13 IEDs, which had been planted by Taliban fighters. As a result, 16 personnel of the Afghan National Army (ANA) and the Afghan National Police (ANP) were killed.
Earlier this week, Afghan Air Force (AAF) warplanes carried out a series of airstrikes on Taliban gatherings and positions in Helmand killing and injuring 40 elements of the Afghan group. The new ambush may be a response to the AAF airstrikes.
The Taliban stepped up its operations in southern Afghanistan lately, especially in Helmand and Zabul. By doing so, the Afghan group is trying to secure its smuggling routes on the Afghan-Pakistani border.