Taliban capture key Afghan dam: KANDAHAR: The Taliban have actually caught Afghanistan’s second-biggest dam after months of fierce fighting in their previous bastion of Kandahar, the insurgents and authorities stated Thursday.
Dahla Dam, which supplies irrigation to farmers by means of a network of canals in addition to alcohol consumption water for the rural resources, was now under Taliban control, neighborhood authorities informed AFP.
“We have seized the Dahla Dam in Arghandab,” Taliban spokesperson Qari Yousuf Ahmadi told AFP.
Haji Gulbuddin, guv of a nearby area, validated the dam “is now in the control of the Taliban.
“Our security forces requested supports yet they fell short to get it,” he said. The dam ´ s capture comes after clashes emerged in neighbouring Helmand province today, just days after the US military formally started withdrawing its remaining troops from Afghanistan.
Last month the insurgents exploded a bridge that linked the dam to nearby districts, an AFP reporter in Kandahar stated. Dahla was developed by the United States virtually 70 years ago to supply water for irrigating land in regarding seven districts of Kandahar.
In 2019 the Asian Development Financial institution accepted a grant of nearly $350 million to be utilized partially to broaden the reservoir-style task.
The surrounding area has actually seen extreme combating in the past six months, however officials introduced in April that the area had actually been cleared.
Prior to pulling back, the Taliban planted dynamites across the location including in domestic facilities officials said.
In neighbouring Helmand, countless individuals have left their homes in the face of a large Taliban offensive against federal government forces.
United States warplanes have been providing air support for the Covering forces regardless of the drawdown of international troops.
The pullout of foreign pressures comes also as initiatives to negotiate a tranquility deal in between the Afghan government as well as the Taliban have actually stalled.