US Marine Corps assist Afghan National Army, Afghanistan, Resolute Support, Freedoms Sentinel (USMC, 2018)

Who Holds Farah? US Refutes Taliban Claim

US Official Refutes Taliban’s Claim of Controlling City of Farah in Western Afghanistan

Despite claims from the Taliban that they now control the western Afghanistan city of Farah, the city has not fallen into their hands, chief Pentagon spokesperson Dana W. White told reporters Thursday, May 17, according to the US Department of Defense.

US-Backed Afghan Forces Repulse Taliban in Farah

This week, Afghanistan’s national defense and security forces, supported by U.S. air power and advisors, defeated a major Taliban offensive in Farah, White said.

Today, in spite of vain Taliban attempts to challenge the Afghan government’s control of the city, it remains under the control of Afghan forces, she added.

Afghan Air Force Deliver Multiple Strikes

“Our Afghan partners’ success in places like Farah are a testament to the tremendous improvements in the Afghan National Army, Afghan special security forces and the Afghan air force,” White said, noting that Afghan A-29s and MI-17s conducted multiple airstrikes during the offensive in Farah.

All Six Afghan Army Corps on the Offensive

For the first time, all six Afghan army corps are on the offensive against the Taliban across Afghanistan, she added.

“This is a great milestone for Afghanistan that will allow for co-ordinated campaigns as they take the fight to the Taliban throughout the country,” White said.

The United States stands firmly beside its Afghan partners and will continue to reinforce the Afghan-led offensive, White told reporters.

“As [Defense Secretary James N. Mattis] has said, we stand by the Afghan people, we stand by the Afghan government, and the NATO mission in Afghanistan will continue as we drive the Taliban to a political settlement,” she said.

The US Marines returned to Sangin District in April 2018 to assist 2nd Brigade, Afghan National Army, in the planning and execution of Operation NASRAT-SW 2, an operation aimed at bolstering the security in central Helmand Province to ensure safe and secure elections as part of Resolute Support (Freedom’s Sentinel).

Image: U.S. Marines with Task Force Southwest man a rooftop at 2nd Brigade, Afghan National Army 215th Corps’ headquarters on Camp Nolay, Afghanistan, April 24, 2018 (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Sean J. Berry).