Afghan forces battle Taliban siege

Afghanistan Taliban: Police fight siege of HQ in Helmand’s Sangin
– 22 December 2015
Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers in Helmand (21 December 2015)
Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers in Helmand (21 December 2015).
Afghan forces are having a hard time to hold the cops HQ in the town of Sangin in Helmand province, amidst a siege by Taliban fighters, authorities state.
There are clashing credit records as to who manages the entire district.
The Helmand guv and cops dismissed Taliban files that it now managed it as “entirely incorrect”.
The district has actually fallen under Taliban manage numerous times and combating has actually triggered considerable casualties amongst Afghan and worldwide forces.
In the east, a Taliban attack near Bagram on Monday eliminated 6 United States soldiers. It was among the deadliest attacks on international forces in Afghanistan this year.
3 rockets were likewise fired into Kabul over night on Monday.
Some 12,000 international soldiers are deployed in the nation as part of the Nato-led Resolute Support worldwide union, which is indicated to underpin Afghan security forces.
Britain has actually revealed that a little number of UK workers have actually been deployed to Camp Shorabak in Helmand province in an advisory function.
“These workers belong to a bigger Nato group, which is offering recommendations to the Afghan National Army. They are not deployed in a battle function and will not deploy outside the camp,” a Ministry of Defence representative stated.
Resolute Support changed the 13-year Operation Enduring Freedom, which saw more than 900 global union deaths in Helmand province. More than 100 of them were British soldiers.
‘Supplies running low’.
Law enforcement officer and soldiers inside the Sangin cops head office seemed still holding out since Tuesday early morning.
The district authorities leader, Mohammad Dawood, earlier informed the BBC the Taliban had actually entirely cut the center off from the remainder of the province, and food and weapons materials were running low.
Mr Dawood stated that, over the previous month, security forces in the district had actually sustained 365 casualties, both hurt and dead.
Confusion over the fate of Sangin has actually been worsened by various statements originating from Helmand Governor Merza Khan Rahimi and his deputy, Mohammad Jan Rasulyar.
“Our forces remain in Sangin district and there are some clashes, however the district remains in our control. We performed some operations there last night also,” Mr Rahimi stated.
Why is Sangin essential? Inayatulhaq Yasini, BBC Afghan.
As soon as the centre of operations for global forces in Afghanistan, Sangin was.
Gaining back complete control of it would enhance the Taliban’s movement in parts of northern Helmand and cut an essential supply line for Afghan forces with Lashkar Gah. Sangin is likewise a rich opium production centre – implying possible tax income for the Taliban from the drugs trade.
Keeping control of the centre of Sangin will not be simple for the Taliban, however bitterness of federal government soldiers is high following military operations which residents state wrought baseless damage.
If the federal government wishes to manage the location, it must aim to win minds and hearts – a method when trumpeted by the international forces here.
His claim was supported by authorities in Helmand who stated that some security workers had actually been saved from the Taliban siege and security steps had actually been broadened in the location.
Mr Rasulyar stated the district had actually been overrun by the Taliban late on Sunday and just some army centers had actually not been taken.
The Taliban stated they managed the majority of Sangin town and the primary management structure had actually been deserted.
Individually, credit records state the Taliban are likewise near to overrunning the neighbouring district of Gereshk.
The head of Helmand’s provincial council, Muhammad Kareem Atal, was priced quote by AP as stating that “around 65 %” of Helmand was now under Taliban control.
In September, the Taliban briefly overran the northern city of Kunduz in among their greatest success in 14 years of war.
BBC News – World.