Afghanistan: Taliban battle their way into Qala-e-Naw

Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“The Taliban briefly entered a key city in western Afghanistan as they pursue a rapid advance before Nato troops leave. The local governor told the BBC that government officials had been moved to a nearby army base as the militants moved towards the centre of Qala-e-Naw. But local officials and the defence ministry later said the Taliban were dislodged from government buildings and troops had cleared most of the city. The Taliban is making gains in the country as the US and allies pull out. The vast majority of remaining foreign forces in Afghanistan have left ahead of an 11 September deadline, leaving the Afghan military in sole charge of security. Security forces carried out air strikes to clear militants from Qala-e-Naw, in the western Badghis province, officials said, and special forces were used to remove insurgents from the government buildings they had briefly occupied.” (07/07/21)