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Thousands of Afghans flee homes as fighting erupts after US pullout – Times of India


KANDAHAR, Afghanistan: Thousands of Afghans had been pressured to flee their homes as fierce fighting erupted between authorities forces and the Taliban in a southern province after the US navy started withdrawing its remaining troops from Afghanistan, officers mentioned Tuesday.
Afghan forces pushed again rebel assaults on a number of checkpoints previously 24 hours itself within the province of Helmand the place the US navy on Sunday handed over a base to authorities forces as half of its formal pullout that started on May 1.
About 1,000 households have fled their homes to flee the fighting that erupted on the outskirts of Lashkar Gah, the capital of Helmand, and another elements of the province, mentioned Sayed Mohammad Ramin, the area’s director for refugees.
He mentioned the households had taken refuge in Lashkar Gah and had come from areas the place fighting was intense previously two days.
“We will survey their needs tomorrow, but many who still have not found shelter in the city need urgent assistance,” Ramin advised AFP.
The defence ministry mentioned authorities forces had killed greater than 100 Taliban fighters in Helmand previously 24 hours when the insurgents attacked some checkpoints on the outskirts of Lashkar Gah.
Another 22 al-Qaida fighters from Pakistan had been additionally killed within the fighting, the ministry mentioned.
Officials mentioned the Taliban fighters initially captured some checkpoints however they had been retaken by authorities forces who pushed again the insurgents.
“The enemy has now lost all the areas it had captured and suffered heavy casualties,” Attaullah Afghan, head of Helmand provincial council advised AFP.
The Taliban mentioned dozens of Afghan troops had been killed within the fighting. Both sides are identified to magnify casualties inflicted on the opposite.
Fighting has additionally erupted in a number of different provinces for the reason that US navy formally started pulling out its remaining 2,500 troops on May 1.
The Pentagon has downplayed the fighting.
“We’ve seen nothing thus far that has affected the drawdown, or had any significant impact on the mission at hand in Afghanistan,” US Department of Defence spokesman John Kirby mentioned on Monday.
Nearly 20 years after US and allied NATO troops invaded Afghanistan and ousted the Taliban authorities as they pursued Al-Qaeda after the September 11, 2001 assaults, President Joe Biden ordered in April the ultimate withdrawal.
The Taliban assaults on authorities forces have raised issues that American troops had been additionally in danger as they pull out.

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