On January 31, Taliban fighters ambushed a convoy of the Afghan Army and Police in the Shamalgah area around the city of Farah, the capital of the western province of Farah, according to the Taliban news agency Voice of Jahd. The media outlet claimed that three soldiers were killed and five others were injured in the ambush.
Moreover, the Voice of Jihad reported that Taliban snipers had killed two Afghan soldiers and injured three others in the Said area, also around Farah.
According to Afghan sources, most of the key positions around the city are now under the control of the Taliban. This allowed the movement to conduct a series of successful hit and run attacks against the army and police in the outskirt of the city.
Several Afghan officials warned on January 18 and 19 that the Taliban were about to capture the city of Farah after more than 100 Afghan policemen had been killed by the Taliban around the city within a single week.
With the army and the NATO taking no real steps to counter the Taliban threat around Farah, governor of the western Farah province Mohammad Arif Shahjahan stepped down on January 25. The move was aimed at protesting the security crisis in the province as a whole.
Farah will fall into the hands of the Taliban if the Afghan Army and NATO didn’t conduct a serious military operation around the city soon.