The Taliban movement and opposition Northern Alliance forces were on Monday locked in heavy fighting in northeastern Afghanistan, close to the border with Tajikistan, Agence France Presse (AFP) reported. Forces loyal to former defence minister Ahmad Shah Masood, who mounted a counter-offensive on Friday, were attacking Taliban positions around Taloqan, AFP quoted Northern Alliance spokesman Mohammad Habeel as saying. Masood’s counter-attack was aimed at recapturing strategic areas lost to the Taliban around Takhar since early September, it said.
According to Habeel, opposition forces captured large areas in the Khwajaghar district of Takhar, as well as Imam Saheb and Dasht-i-Archi towns in neighbouring Kunduz province, on Sunday. Opposition fighters later pulled out from parts of Khwajaghar under pressure from Taliban fighters, AFP added.
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