Afghan forces retook a district in Kandahar province that had been captured by the Taliban. The Afghan forces said they had made a tactical decision to withdraw, but the Taliban said it captured the district outright after days of battle. Either way, the former ruling fundamentalists of Afghanistan appear less than beaten.


Afghan forces earlier made a tactical withdrawal from Myanishen.

But another district, Ghorak, has fallen to the insurgents, Kandahar’s police chief has told the BBC.

Correspondents say the militants have taken a number of districts over the past couple of years but have managed to keep control of only one.

Read more

Your support matters…

Independent journalism is under threat and overshadowed by heavily funded mainstream media.

You can help level the playing field. Become a member.

Your tax-deductible contribution keeps us digging beneath the headlines to give you thought-provoking, investigative reporting and analysis that unearths what's really happening- without compromise.

Give today to support our courageous, independent journalists.