At least nine Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) personnel were reportedly killed during a Taliban attack in the northern province of Takhar late on Sunday, September 20. The attack, which took place in Naw Abad village of the Dasht-e-Qala district, claimed the lives of six soldiers and three police officers. Sources report that the Taliban attackers also sustained casualties, although the extent of those casualties remains unclear.
Further attacks in Takhar province are likely 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 the 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.
Those in Takhar province are advised to monitor developments in their own particular area of operations through a range of multi-source intelligence advisories and should heed all instructions issued by local authorities or their home governments.
The security environment in Afghanistan remains complex. Professional security advice and support should be sought prior to travel.
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