Another 2 districts fall under Taliban

KABUL (Khaama Press): According to the reports, Khan Abad, a district in northern Kunduz province, and Sayad, another district in northern Sar-e-Pul province have fallen under the Taliban control. Local officials in Kunduz and Sar-e-Pul provinces confirmed that Taliban fighters have seized Khan Abad district in Kunduz and Sayad district of Sar-e-Pul provinces last night.
The Afghan security forces have not yet officially commented on it and neither they have yet disclosed the number of casualties. Zabihullah Mujahid, a spokesperson to the Taliban has confirmed they have brought both Khan Abad district of Kunduz and Sayad district of Sar-e-Pul province under their control and have seized military types of equipment and facilities left by the Afghan forces.
This comes as the Taliban has increased its offensive operations throughout the country with more focus on the Northern parts of Afghanistan. Reports suggest that Marshal Dostum, a prominent leader in the north of Afghanistan is fighting with the Taliban fighters in the front line.
Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani chaired a comprehensive security meeting yesterday and have ordered the security institutions to fight back and defend against the Taliban attacks, Presidential Palace reported. Earlier, local officials said that Aliabad district in Kunduz province had fallen to the Taliban.
Haji Mohammad Omar Khan, a parliamentarian from Kunduz province, confirmed to Khaama Press that the Taliban carried offensive attacks in the center of Aliabad district of Kunduz Province. He also added that the Taliban captured the center of Aliabad district and a military base after hours of fighting with government forces.
Omar Khan stated that security forces abandoned their bases days before and yet it is not clear whether the withdrawal was a tactical retreat or defeat. So far, the Security forces have not yet commented on the matter. Aliabad was the third district to fall to the Taliban, two districts in Ghor and Balkh provinces were seized by the Taliban.