Afghan security forces launched a counter-attack on Taliban militants near the city of Ghazni late on Thursday evening (local time), August 23, after Taliban fighters raided three nearby villages and cut off power to parts of Ghazni. No casualties have been reported as of Friday, August 24. Further clashes are anticipated in the area in the coming days.
On August 20, the Taliban leadership rejected a government offer of ceasefire over the three-day Eid al-Fitr festival, declaring the group would continue to carry out attacks.
Taliban militants have launched a series of attacks in recent weeks, including on the city of Ghazni which resulted in the deaths of at least 150 Afghan soldiers and 95 civilians, according to the Afghan government.
Individuals in Afghanistan, and particularly those in Ghazni, are advised to monitor developments to the situation and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities and their home governments. The security environment in Afghanistan remains complex. Although travel is possible in some areas, other areas should be considered strictly off-limits. Professional security advice and support should be sought prior to travel.
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