On February 23, Taliban fighters attacked a key base of the Afghan Army in the Kunsak area of the Bala Baluk district in the western Farah province, according to the Taliban news agency Voice of Jihad. Taliban fighters reportedly captured the base after three hours of clashes, in which twenty-five Afghan soldiers had been killed and two others had been captured by the movement.
Voice of Jihad reported that Taliban fighters had seized two armored vehicles, a pickup truck and loads of light and heavy weapons in the captured base.
Dadullah Qani, an official of Farah provincial council, confirmed that the Taliban had been able to capture a base of the Afghan Army in Bala Baluk district and said that twenty Afghan soldiers had been there, according to the Afghan Tolo news TV.
Large areas of Farah province are currently under the control of the Taliban, including key areas around the provincial capital, Farah city. Several Afghan officials warned on January 18 and 19 that the Taliban had been about to capture the provincial capital.
Later, on January 25 Farah province governor Mohammad Arif Shahjahan resigned from his position in protest to poor security conditions in the province. However, the Afghan Army and the NATO are yet to take any measures against the Taliban there.