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Friday, October 2

Taliban take more territory in Afghanistan

September 30
Long War Journal (second report below):

"If the Taliban’s takeover of Khaki Safid is confirmed, the jihadist group has taken five districts in three provinces (Khak-e-Safid in Farah; Yangi Qala, Ishkamish, and Bangi districts in Takhar; Khanabad in Kunduz) and the provincial capital of Kunduz in the span of three days."
 
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October 1

By Ashley Fantz, Jethro Mullen and Masoud Popalzai, CNN
Updated 2:39 PM ET, Thu October 1, 2015
CNN 
  Kabul, Afghanistan (CNN)The Taliban have taken over the Warduj district of Badakhshan, east of Kunduz province, according to Fawzia Koofi, one of the first women to be elected to the Afghan parliament after the U.S. invasion of the country.
The rest of the CNN report discusses what the reporters could learn about the situation in Kunduz, which is still very confusing, with both sides disputing the extent to which the Taliban have been routed from the city. I'll be featuring parts of the report in a separate post about Kunduz. 

The parliamentarian's statement comes on the heels of Taliban claims yesterday that they've taken more territory: 

District in western Afghanistan falls to Taliban, group claim
By Bill Roggio
September 30, 2015
Long War Journal

[see website for map of territory discussed]

As the Taliban presses its northern offensive in Kunduz and Takhar provinces, the group has also continued to attack the Afghan government and military in other theaters. Early this morning, the Taliban claimed that it overran the Khaki Safid district in the southwestern province of Farah.

“Mujahideen of Islamic Emirate [Taliban] in western Farah province launched a large scale attack midnight on Khak-e-Safid district center and all surrounding enemy positions,” the Taliban stated on its official website, Voice of Jihad. “The assault resulted in Mujahideen taking over the district administration building, police HQ, a large ANA [Afghan army] outpost and all surrounding enemy defense check posts as well as causing the enemy deadly losses and seizing a sizable amount of enemy arms and equipment.”

The Taliban claim cannot be independently confirmed as the reporting in Afghanistan has focused on the deteriorating situation in Kunduz. But in the past, the Taliban has been accurate in its reporting of districts said to have been taken.

Khaki Safid district has been contested for the past year, according to reports from the area. “There are four administrations in Khaki Safid,” an Afghan farmer told Reuters earlier this year. “One is the governor. Another is Afghan local police. Another is the Taliban. Another is Daish,” he added, using the title popular in South Asia for Islamic State.

The Taliban clashed with the forces of the Islamic State Khorasan Province in Khaki Safid in late May, and repelled an attempt to seize the district.

If the Taliban’s takeover of Khaki Safid is confirmed, the jihadist group has taken five districts in three provinces (Khak-e-Safid in Farah; Yangi Qala, Ishkamish, and Bangi districts in Takhar; Khanabad in Kunduz) and the provincial capital of Kunduz in the span of three days.

Bill Roggio is a Senior Fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and the Editor of The Long War Journal.

[END REPORT]

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