Taliban promotes gains in remote Kandahar district


The Taliban released a video of its fighters proudly displaying a captured US HUMVEE and other weapons seized after the group raided an Afghan military outpost in the remote district of Shorabak in Kandahar province.

In the recently released Taliban video entitled “Jihadic Triumphs of Shorabak,” dozens of Taliban fighters flaunted weapons seized during an assault on a hilltop base in the district. The video is similar to others produced by the Taliban that highlights the group’s battlefield gains against overstretched Afghan forces.

FDD’s Long War Journal assesses Shorabak as one of 45 of Afghanistan’s 407 districts that are currently under Taliban control.

In Oct. 2015, the US military raided two al Qaeda camps in Shorabak and killed more than 150 fighters. The outgoing commander of US forces in Afghanistan, General John Campbell, said that one of the camps in Shorabak, which encompassed 30 square miles, was the largest in Afghanistan since the US invaded in 2001.

Bill Roggio is a Senior Fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and the Editor of FDD’s Long War Journal.

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