BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:45 A.M.) – Taliban fighters have conducted a successful offensive against government forces in western Afghanistan, seizing a key region and inflicting notable manpower and equipment losses in the process.
Yesterday the Taliban launched a fierce night assault against Afghan security forces in the southern countryside of Ghazni Province, completely overrunning the Zana Khan district area from government fighters by early this morning.
Whilst the losses suffered by government forces are not entirely clear, it appears that the Taliban managed to capture two tanks and several Ranger pickups from security troops; furthermore, 3 Afghan policemen were also taken hostage.
The victory by the Salafist militant group has been acknowledged by both official Afghan government and Taliban sources.
This offensive comes at a time when the United States – now involved in anti-insurgency operations throughout Afghanistan for almost sixteen years – is openly contemplating sending additional forces to the war-stricken country as part of a supposed effort to completely wipe out Taliban resistance.
Interestingly enough, US military and political officials commenting on the matter of re-escalation in Afghanistan have made virtually no mention of the growing presence of the so-called Islamic State jihadist group (also known as ISIS) in the country, yet alone what plans they have for specifically dealing with the group.