Hundreds of Afghan special forces prepare an operation against the siege of the Taliban in Lashkargah.


Hundreds of Afghan special forces prepare an operation against the siege of the Taliban in Lashkargah.

It is expected that the evacuation of the inhabitants of the city is completed to begin the offensive. Clashes were recorded on Tuesday that left at least 40 civilians dead and more than 100 injured.

On Wednesday, hundreds of Afghan special forces members joined the preparations for a major counteroffensive against the Taliban siege in the southern city of Lashkargah, which will begin as soon as the evacuation of civilians from this provincial capital is confirmed.

Hundreds of Afghan Special Forces arrived at Lashkar Gah to join the clean-up operation in the city. We hope for good news and put an end to the terrorists" in the area, Afghan Army spokesman Qader Bahadarzoy told the Efe news agency.

"If a terrorist comes, he will be dead, and if a thousand come, the thousand will die," said the spokesman, while adding that the operation will begin once they manage to evacuate all civilians from the city.

In the past 24 hours, at least 75 Taliban terrorists have been killed and 17 others wounded in Afghan airstrikes in Lashkar Gah, the defense ministry said in a statement.

The operation against the Taliban in the city is announced a day after the death of at least 40 civilians and another 118 injured due to the intense clashes that the city experiences between the insurgents and the Afghan security forces were reported.

These intense clashes pushed the Afghan Army on Tuesday to request the evacuation of civilians to undertake a clearance operation by elite forces.

The fighting for the Taliban control of this city takes place amid an increase in violence by the insurgents, who, after the beginning of the last phase of the withdrawal of foreign troops on May 1, has taken control of control of some 125 district centers, the most significant achievement in two decades of war.

The heavy fighting in recent days has also led to the exodus of thousands of civilians: in Lashkargah alone, at least 5,000 families (35,000 people) have been forced to flee, some of them living in makeshift tents.