On April 21, Taliban fighters carried out a hit and run attack on a position of the Afghan Army in the city of Tarinkot, the capital of the central Urozgan province, the Taliban news agency Voice of Jihad reported.
The Taliban’s media wing claimed that seven Afghan Army soldiers had been killed and four other had been injured in the attack.
The Voice of Jihad also reported that the Taliban had shelled the Tarinkot airport, one of the key NATO bases in the province of Urozgan. The Taliban news agency claimed that one US Army soldiers had been killed and two others had been injured in the shelling. However, the NATO didn’t report any loses among its ranks. This indicates that the Taliban claims could be false.
In a related development, the Ministry of Defense of Afghanistan announced in an official statement that the Afghan Army had carried out a series of security operations against the Taliban in the provinces of Nangarhar, Kapisa, Khost, Logar, Paktia, Uruzgan, Faryab, Jawzjan, Balkh and Helmand.
According to the Afghan TOLO TV, at least 20 fighters and one commander of the Taliban were killed and 17 others were injured in these security operations.
The Afghan Army relies on rapid, limited security operations to exhaust the Taliban and eliminate its assets. However, the developments of the recent months have proved that this tactic is no longer capable of countering the Taliban threat.