Taliban Infighting Kills 28 in Afghanistan’s Herat Province

Rival factions fought for hours over several villages

Fighting erupted in Afghanistan’s Herat Province on Thursday afternoon, when Taliban members loyal to Mullah Hibatullah Akhundzada clashed with another faction loyal to Mullah Rasool.

Fighting raged across the Shindand District, with clashes reported in several villages lasting for several hours. All told, 28 fighters were killed in the fighting between the two Taliban groups.

In addition to the Taliban fighters, a Major from the Afghan National Directorate of Security was killed in the course of operations that were trying to attack both of the Taliban factions at the same time.

While Taliban infighting is not as heavy as it once was, it does still erupt occasionally. Such fights tend to be particularly bloody, though it has been years since there has been a serious challenge to the group’s leadership.

Author: Jason Ditz

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