By Theodore Shoebat
The Taliban made a vicious attack in an area of Afghanistan, slaughtering 100 people, 15 of which were savagely decapitated. As one report says:
A major Taliban offensive has terrorized an Afghan province close to the capital, killing at least 100 people, 15 of whom were reportedly beheaded.
An estimated 700 Taliban fighters launched the attack on Monday in the Ajristan district of the Ghazni province located 125 miles southwest of Kabul.
“If there is no urgent help from the central government, the district will collapse,” Asadullah Safi, the area’s deputy police chief, told Reuters.
There has been an uptick in fighting since U.S. forces started scaling down its presence in the country. The Afghan government no longer can depend on U.S. airstrikes to support local security operations.
Provincial deputy governor Ahmadullah Ahmadi told VOA that Taliban fighters have carried out a scorched earth campaign, burning 80 houses, killing livestock and destroying crops.
In only day the Taliban killed 100 people, as read from another report:
In the midst of an ongoing power handover in Afghanistan, hundreds of Taliban fighters stormed a strategic district close to the capital, killing more than 100 people. The fighting is ongoing, and of the army doesn’t arrive soon, the area could fall.
Contact with police in certain districts of the Ghazni province has already been lost after 700 fighters about five days ago made early reports of attacks, which resulted in the immense death toll. Fifteen of the dead were beheaded, according to provincial deputy governor Ahmadullah Ahmadi, speaking to Reuters.
On Friday, heavy fighting in districts of the Ghazni province was ongoing. Over in Ajrestan district a suicide car bomber rammed a police checkpoint earlier in the day. Contact was subsequently lost with the district.
The capital is just about 200km (125 miles) north-east of the district, and the newly-conquered territory would provide a bridge with the south and southeast, where insurgents have made large gains in recent months.
It would also give them a base for attacking the adjacent provinces of Uruzgan and Daikundi.
If there is no urgent help from the central government, the district will collapse,” deputy police chief for the area Asadullah Safi said.
“We have asked repeatedly for helicopters to evacuate the wounded, but so far nothing has been done,” Ahmadi told reporters.