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NATO provides air support to Afghan offensive in Farah

15 May 2018 Afghanistan Times

AT News Report-KABUL: Afghan forces engaged in a major offensive against the Taliban combatants in western Farah province have received NATO air and ground support, according to officials. NATO Resolute Support mission are supporting the Afghan-led military offensive to repel rebels.

A NATO statement said that the US Air Force jetswere maneuvering over Farah city and the Afghan Defense and Security Forces are on the offensive against the Taliban. Afghan security forces brought their full capabilities, consisting of army, police, commandos and air force, to tackle terrorists.

It added, “As we have seen over the last couple of days, the Taliban are unable to hold terrain during such isolated attacks and their unsuccessful raid attempts on district centers in Badakhshan, Baghlan, Faryab and Zabul”. The NATO Resolute Support mission was established in 2015 with non-combat mission to train, advise and assist the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF), who assumed nationwide responsibility for Afghanistan’s security following the conclusion of the previous NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) mission.

Its purpose is to help the Afghan security forces and institutions develop the capacity to defend Afghanistan and protect its citizens in a sustainable manner. Earlier, the Taliban insurgents have attacked the capital of western Farah province, overrunning the 3rd police district.

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