Since August 10, the U.S. military has launched at least 24 airstrikes from B-1 bombers, A-10 Thunderbolt II attack craft, AH-64 Apache helicopters, and MQ-9 Reaper drones to support Afghan troops and police fighting to retake Ghazni, killing more than 140 Taliban fighters, Resolute Support spokesman Army Lt. Col. Martin O’Donnell told Task & Purpose
U.S. troops are advising Afghan security forces on clearance operations, combined-arms integration, and other issues, O’Donnell added, Insisting that Ghazni “remains under government control” except for “isolated and disparate and Taliban forces remaining in the city” despite reports from Afghanistan’s Tolo cable news network that showed footage on Monday of Taliban fighters moving freely about the city.
“The Taliban’s attempts to hide themselves amongst the Afghan populace does pose a threat to the civilian population, who were terrorized and harassed by this ineffective attack and the subsequent execution of innocents, destruction of homes and burning of a market,” O’Donnell said. “Clearly the Taliban have paid no heed to the Afghan peoples’ calls for them to reconcile and join the peace process.”
As of May 2018, about 35% of the Afghan population – nearly 12 million civilians – either lived under the Taliban’s direct rule or in contested areas, according to the latest report to Congress from the Special Investigator General for Afghanistan Reconstruction. Despite the Afghan government’s goal of bringing 80% of the civilians living in government-controlled territory by the end of 2019, the Taliban continues to control more of the Afghan population.
Concentrating Afghan army units will make them less vulnerable to attack and will allow them to counter-attack any Taliban offensives, Qasimi told T&P; in a July 31 email before the Taliban’s recent victories. When Afghan National Police need help defending local areas, the Afghan army will take over.
“No country is able to man every kilometer of its territory by a soldier,” she said. “If soldiers are not present in a district it doesn’t mean it is under Taliban control.”
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