Following a weekend attack on the strategic Afghan city of Ghazni, Afghan forces backed by the U.S. Air Force and Army were able to largely secure the urban area, but rural district centers continue to fall.
“Ghazni City remains under Afghan government control. No reported enemy activity has occurred thus far today,” Lt. Col. Martin O’Donnell, a spokesman for U.S. forces in the country, said in a statement early Tuesday morning. “That said, some Taliban forces remain in the city. These insurgent forces do not pose a threat to the city’s collapse.”
However, just as the Ghazni City battle appears to be tapering off, several district centers in the surrounding province also fell to the Taliban.
“What we observed, as these Afghan-led operations drove a large portion of Taliban from the city over the last day or so, was the retreating Taliban attacking the more vulnerable surrounding districts, which Afghan forces are reinforcing,” O’Donnell said.