Police Outposts Surrounding City Have Been Overrun
The Taliban’s push into the city of Lashkar Gah, the capital of the opium rich Afghan province of Helmand, continued to intensify today, with officials reporting a “heavy battle” ongoing as Taliban forces overran the main defensive checkpoints and advanced into the center of town.
The advance has gotten to the point where Taliban were able to fire mortars at the government buildings in the middle of the city. One of the mortars hit the governor’s compound, killing a bodyguard, and overall casualties around the city are believed to be high.
Exactly how high the casualties are in the city is totally unclear, however, and officials said of that overrun police checkpoints that many were believed killed, but a number of police were also believed to have defected to the Taliban outright.
This is one of three provincial capitals that the Taliban are currently contesting around Afghanistan, along with Kunduz in the north, and the central city of Tarin Kot in Uruzgan. Afghan officials have been scrambling reinforcements in all three cases, but are struggling to hold ground.
Last 5 posts by Jason Ditz
- EU Braces for Influx of ISIS Fighters After Mosul Offensive - October 23rd, 2016
- Obama Backs Away From Plans to Further Arm CIA-Backed Rebels in Syria - October 23rd, 2016
- Iraq PM: Thanks but No Thanks on Turkish Help in Mosul - October 23rd, 2016
- US Warns Worst Is Yet to Come in Battle for Mosul - October 23rd, 2016
- Syrian Kurds Fire on Rebel-Held Jarabulus as Turkey Continues to Attack Them - October 23rd, 2016