Mira Jan Akka, a tribal elder from Sangin, gave the same narrative, saying that the Taliban had focused three outposts belonging to military, police and pro-government militia members, all not too long ago put in after a navy operation within the space. “All three posts have been worn out by the Taliban, not one of the forces in them survived,” he stated.
“We have no idea the precise casualty figures, as a result of the federal government shouldn’t be sharing data,” Mr. Akka added.
Sangin was bitterly fought over by the Taliban when British forces held it, and later when the American Marines took over; for each international locations, extra troopers have been killed within the district than anyplace else in Afghanistan. When the Marines handed over accountability for Sangin to the Afghans, equally excessive casualties resulted. The insurgents now maintain a lot of the territory there, with the federal government holed up within the district seat and on bases.
After a yearlong marketing campaign, the Taliban took over the federal government and administrative heart of Sangin in 2017, in what was considered on the time as an vital symbolic victory for the insurgents. The federal government responded by transferring the district capital buildings to a brand new space, and in that means claimed to have retained management of the district.
Omar Zwak, spokesman for the governor of Helmand, stated on Sunday, “There are casualties to our forces however now we have despatched an investigation workforce to seek out out extra, and in addition deployed extra safety forces to safe the state of affairs.”
Mr. Alokozai, the senator, and different native officers stated it was not credible that the federal government had no particulars on a lack of such a scale, the worst in southern Afghanistan this 12 months.
Abdul Hai Akhundzada, a member of Parliament from Helmand, stated that the Taliban assault on safety outposts in Sangin had killed greater than 60 safety forces.