Taliban militants, who control more than 150 of 407 districts in Afghanistan, increased their attacks on provincial centers.
In the last 24 hours, militants have attacked the centers of Herat on the Iranian border in the west of the country, Helmand and Kandahar in the south, and Tahar province in the northeast.
Herat police officials announced that militants launched attacks on the center of Herat and clashes continued.
It was stated in the statement that the clashes continued near Herat International Airport, and therefore, flights from the airport in question could not be made for 2 days.
Police officials stated that the militants suffered heavy losses in the clashes.
In the statement made by the Herat Hospital, it was reported that 5 security guards lost their lives in the clashes.
One Afghan guard lost his life when a mortar shell hit the United Nations (UN) Afghanistan Assistance Mission (UNAMA) office in the city during the clash between Taliban militants and security forces at the entrance of the city of Herat last night.
Clashes continue in Kandahar, Helmand and Tahar provinces
Helmand Provincial Council Deputy Ataullah Afghan said that militants carried out an attack in the city of Lashkargah, the center of Helmand province, and clashes continued in the city center.
Afghan noted that most areas of Helmand province are under the control of the Taliban.
According to the information received from Kandahar police officials, clashes took place in the city center between the militants and security forces in the last 24 hours.
Kandahar health officials said 30 people were injured in the clashes.
Tahar Governorate also reported that militants attacked Tahar provincial center and inflicted heavy losses.
The Afghan Ministry of Defense announced that the militants were repelled in the attacks they carried out in the province centers in question.
Violence continues in the country
While the peace process in Afghanistan remains uncertain, violent clashes between the security forces and the Taliban continue.
The Taliban captured almost all of the districts on the border of Uzbekistan and Tajikistan in the attacks launched in the last week of June. The Taliban, which surrounded the Hayratan Border Gate, the most important trade route to Uzbekistan, from two directions, concentrated on the province of Ghazni in the southwest.
Continuing to advance in Afghanistan, the Taliban seized the Islamic Fortress on the Iranian border of the country on 8 July and the Spin Boldak border gates on the Pakistani border on 14 July. The Taliban increased their pressure with violent attacks in the provinces of Badakhshan, Tahar, Ghazni, Herat, Kandahar and Badgis.
According to local officials, the Taliban have captured more than 150 of 407 districts, including their centres. The Taliban, on the other hand, argue that the number of district centers under their control exceeds 260.
In the country, 34 provinces are under the control of central government forces.