Taliban sources said at least five members of the Pakistan-based Haqqani militants, allied to the Taliban, were killed in Monday’s strike and eight were wounded.
Uruzgan province was identified by US commanders as a major priority for 2017 and there has been a big focus on bolstering Afghan forces with on-the-ground US training teams.
The Taliban condemned US President Donald Trump’s decision saying: “If the U.S. does not pull all its forces out of Afghanistan, we will make this country the 21st century graveyard for the American empire.”
“The war situation in Afghanistan is far worse than you realize!” the letter said, arguing that the only thing preventing the Taliban from seizing major cities was a fear of causing civilian casualties.
“Previous experiences have shown that sending more troops to Afghanistan will not result in anything other than further destruction of American military and economical might,” the Taliban said in the English-language letter released to media and addressed to Trump.
The Taliban have been ramping up their campaign against beleaguered government forces, underscoring rising insecurity in the war-torn country during the summer fighting season when the warmer weather tends to spur an increase in militant attacks.
There was no immediate comment from U.S. military headquarters in Kabul. Local Governor Naser Khazeh said fighting had been difficult because roads to the district had been heavily mined and Taliban fighters were firing from civilian houses.
In April, six persons were killed and 15 others injured when a suicide bomber targeted a population census team in Lahore’s Bedian Road. In February, a suicide bomber killed 14 people, including senior police officers, near Punjab Assembly at Lahore.
Taliban has launched attacks in northern Afghanistan, closing key highway between Kabul and northern Afghanistan. The attacks reflect Taliban’s efforts to pressurise on troops and police and not just in their strongholds in south and east Afghanistan.
According to reports, Taliban insurgents first stormed a check post in Chesht district of the province and managed to get away with most of the security forces’ weapons at the check post, before attacking the dam, a spokesman for provincial police chief, Gelani Farhad said.
The attack on the base in the centre of the city of Gardez — part of the Taliban’s all-out assault during the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan – was launched at 6:00 am.
McCain rued that despite all the sacrifices made by US soldiers, Afghanistan is still a nation at war.
Afghan security officials have accused the Haqqani network of being behind the attack in Kabul. But Sirajuddin Haqqani insisted that Taliban do not plan attacks in which civilians are harmed.
Nearly all of the Afghan women fighters have lost a husband, son or brother to the Taliban or the newly active Islamic State in the province bordering Turkmenistan.
The ancient custom is prevalent across Afghanistan, but nowhere does it seem as entrenched as in the province of Uruzgan.