On October 25, Taliban fighters imposed control of 28 villages in the district of Sholgara in the northern province of Balkh following a successful large-scale military operation there, according to the Taliban news agency Voice of Jihad.
“The villages with 400 families pledged their support to Mujahedeen of the Islamic Emirate [Taliban],” Voice of Jihad said in an official press release.
The Afghan group has not released any further information regarding the operation in Balkh so far. However, Voice of Jihad reported that Taliban fighters had killed eight personnel of the Afghan National Police (ANP) and injured three others during two separate attacks in the districts of Chamtal and Chahar Bolak in the northern province.
Since the beginning of October, the Taliban has stepped up its operations in Balkh in what appears to be an attempt to expand its control in northern Afghanistan. The Afghan group is following a similar strategy in the southern part of the war torn country. However, it is yet to make any significant advance.