MAZAR-I-SHARIF, Afghanistan — The Taliban carried out the largest recognized seize of Afghan troopers of the conflict, taking 150 prisoners after they chased models into neighboring Turkmenistan and that nation pressured them again, Afghan officers stated on Sunday.
The operation came about within the northwestern Afghan province of Badghis, and dropped at 190 the variety of troopers captured by insurgents within the hotly contested district of Bala Murghab — with 16 extra troopers killed — in lower than every week.
Final Monday, a complete Afghan Military firm was killed or captured there. By Saturday, its defenders stated the district had fallen principally into Taliban management, although Afghan forces had been nonetheless holding the district’s authorities middle.
The newest seize was maybe the largest setback for the Afghan safety forces since a Taliban offensive in August in the southeastern city of Ghazni killed as many as 200 troopers and cops, however few prisoners had been taken then. The largest latest seize of troopers by the Taliban was about 50 who surrendered after a siege of their base, often known as Chinese language Camp, in Faryab Province, additionally in August.
Mirza Mohammad Yarmand, a navy analyst and retired normal, expressed alarm on the losses. “I’ve not seen or heard of such a giant loss within the Afghan Military lately,” Mr. Yarmand stated. “If these numbers are true, then it’s the largest seize by the Taliban at one time and in the identical space. This can be a very unhappy incident.”
The episode consisted of two days of assaults by the Taliban within the Morichaq space of Bala Murghab towards two models of the Afghan Border Forces. Early Saturday, 50 troopers from the pressure surrendered, and an extra 100 fled Taliban pursuit and crossed the close by border into Turkmenistan, in keeping with Saleh Mohammad Mubarez, commander of the Afghan police within the district. By the tip of the day, he stated on Sunday, Turkmenistan had pressured them again into Taliban palms.
Lt. Habibullah, a deputy firm commander in Badghis who makes use of just one identify, additionally confirmed the surrenders. “Turkmenistan informed the Taliban, ‘We’ll give the border pressure troopers’ weapons to the Afghanistan authorities and provide the border pressure troopers, however the Taliban stated that you need to give the troops to the Afghan authorities and provides us their weapons,’ ” Lieutenant Habibullah stated.
On Saturday, some Afghan officers performed down the seize, saying the troopers who had crossed into Turkmenistan could be returned to the federal government facet. Jamshid Shahabi, a the spokesman for the Badghis provincial governor, stated the escape towards Turkmenistan by the 100 troopers had been a part of a beforehand organized safety plan.
A spokesman for the Ministry of Protection, Qais Mangal, stated that those that had surrendered weren’t common troopers, however irregular militia fighters. However quite a few native officers stated they had been certainly common troopers with the border forces, that are a part of the Afghan Military.
On Sunday, Mr. Mangal stated he didn’t instantly have any additional particulars on the border episode. There was no public remark by the authorities in Turkmenistan.
The Afghan authorities did ship reinforcements to Bala Murghab District, which has been beneath heavy assault for 2 weeks, however native officers stated that that they had been inadequate.
“The state of affairs may be very dangerous: The district is on the snapping point,” Mr. Mubarez stated. “The reinforcements haven’t been sufficient. The air pressure should assist and launch airstrikes.”
Mr. Shahabi, the spokesman for the Badghis governor, stated, “The air pressure is able to strike however the Taliban use civilians’ properties as shelters, so the air pressure can’t launch strikes.”
Farid Akhezi, a member of the provincial council in Badghis, additionally confirmed the give up of 150 border pressure troopers on Saturday.
The Taliban worn out a complete Afghan Nationwide Military firm in the identical district on Monday, killing 16 troopers and taking 40 prisoners. Over the course of the week, 44 Afghan security force members had been confirmed killed in Taliban assaults in Badghis, along with the 190 reported to be taken prisoner.
The Taliban stated that that they had taken the Morichaq space and captured all of the Afghan forces there, however the insurgents really had decrease estimates of the variety of prisoners than authorities officers had given.
A spokesman for the Taliban, Zabihullah Mujahid, stated on his Twitter account that that they had captured 72 troopers and cops within the combating in Bala Murghab and killed many others. He additionally posted images displaying what he stated had been prisoners; greater than 60 are seen in them, though it was not attainable to verify the authenticity of the photographs.
Taliban therapy of presidency prisoners varies extensively across the nation. In some circumstances they’re imprisoned, in others tortured and executed. Extra typically, nonetheless, they’re launched after promising to not rejoin the struggle.
In an unrelated assault elsewhere in northwestern Afghanistan, the Taliban overran an Afghan Nationwide Military base within the district of Qaisar in Faryab Province, killing 15 troopers and 5 cops in hours of combating on Saturday evening and Sunday morning, in keeping with the governor of the district, Rahmatullah Qaisari.
“This morning when our forces went to get well the corpses, the Taliban had hidden bombs beneath the our bodies, which went off and killed two policemen,” he stated. That took the demise toll there to 22.
Mr. Mangal, the Protection Ministry spokesman, stated of the assault on the Qaisar base: “There have been casualties, however I do not need details about the precise quantity. The assault was repelled.”