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Taliban capture more districts amid intense clashes

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KABUL: The Taliban captured eight districts of several provinces as sever clashes proceeding between the Afghan forces and Taliban amid the U.S. and NATO forces exit that triggered a new hotspot in the war-torn- country.  

A local source privy to the issue, who was talking on condition of anonymity, was quoted by Salam Watandar as saying that Hazarmouch and Chal districts of the northern Takhar province collapsed to the Taliban. According to the source, the security forces retreated from Darqad to Bahauddin district.

The insurgents’ spokesman, Zabiullah Mujahid said that their fighters overrun Chal, Namak Ab, Yangi Qala, Hazarmooch and Khwajaghar districts of Takhar.

The insurgents’ spokesman also touted for the capturing of Aqcha district in Jawzjan, Namakab district of Balkh, Dar-e-Souf district of Samangan and Dasht-e-Archi district of Kunduz provinces.

Another security source, who was also talking on condition of anonymity, told Salam Watandar that at least 75 Afghan security forces surrendered to the Taliban.

The sources said that the military equipment was also seized by the militants. Following the rapid territorial gain by the militants, President Ashraf Ghani reshuffled top security officials- with appointing new defense and interior ministers.   

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