At least four security force members were killed and ten others wounded in clashes with Taliban militants in Baghlan province on Saturday, July 11. The militants attacked security forces in the Cheshmaye Shir and Bagh-e-Shamal areas on the Baghlan-Samangan highway. Four Afghan National Army (ANA) vehicles were damaged in the clashes. The militants also reportedly suffered casualties in the fighting but no figures have been confirmed.
Further clashes between security forces and militants are possible in the area over the near term.
Taliban militants launch attacks on government personnel, security forces, and civilians in Afghanistan on a near-daily basis. Such assaults are, in part, intended to undermine the perceived capacity of Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) - and the Afghan government more broadly - to adequately provide security in the wake of the withdrawal of most US-led NATO forces from the country and to gain leverage amid ongoing peace negotiations.
Those in Baghlan province are advised to monitor developments, remain vigilant for militant activity, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities and their home governments.
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