Afghan troops besieged by the Taliban for more than a week in a remote district of central Afghanistan are desperate for reinforcements and help.
But in a scenario repeated across many rural regions of the vast mountainous country, their presence is threatened by relentless Taliban attacks. Army and police check posts, bases, and office buildings typically represent the Afghan government’s presence and control in the countryside.
Muhammad Saleem heads the Afghan National Army’s (ANA) infantry unit in Uruzgan’s Charchino district. He says they might have saved the district from falling but are exhausted after the weeklong fighting.