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Taliban at the gates of Badakhshan capital

    Taliban at the gates of Badakhshan capital

    Khushqadam Usmani
    While government forces struggle to defend key districts near the city of Fayzabad, former mujahedin commanders are rallying new fighters to defend the province against the Taliban's onslaught in the north.
    5.10.2015  |  Badakhshan
     
    Citizens  in Fayzabad marched in support of the besieged in Kunduz and against the Taliban this week (photo: Khushqadam Usmani)
    Citizens in Fayzabad marched in support of the besieged in Kunduz and against the Taliban this week (photo: Khushqadam Usmani)

    Less than a week after they stormed into and took Afghanistan's 5th largest city, Kunduz, the Taliban now stand on the footsteps of Fayzabad, the capital of northern Badakhshan Province, where fierce fighting has been ongoing between government forces and Taliban militants for the last three days.

    Insurgency spreads in the north

    Reports emerged on Friday that the Taliban had taken two key districts linking Fayzabad to other provinces, but these supply chains have apparently now been retaken and secured in the last two days by government forces. The Taliban have also intensified fighting in neighbouring Faryab Province and south of Kunduz in Baghlan.

    The government in Badakhshan is calling on former mujahedin fighters to defend their districts and has promised 1000 weapons to former combatants to fight alongside Afghan troops, according to Naweed Frotan, the governor's spokesman.

    The Taliban raped women in Kunduz and dishonored them. We will fight them and defend our women. I took up arms to fight the Taliban and defend my country,” Zabihullah Ateeq, a former member of the provincial council in Badakhshan, told Afghanistan Tod


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