Afghan forces battle to win back district center

A member of the Afghan security forces

A member of the Afghan security forces

But the fighting in Farah underlines the continuing strength of the movement, which controls or contests nearly half the country and has so far rejected peace overtures from Afghan President Ashraf Ghani.

A total of 171 militants were killed as a result of anti-terror operations in 10 provinces of Afghanistan over the past 24 hours, the country's Defense Ministry said on Sunday in a statement, Sputnik reported.

Taliban fighters have captured a district centre in Afghanistan's western province of Farah bordering Iran, where they have battled government security forces fiercely in recent months, officials said on Monday.

The motive behind the attack remained unknown and the Taliban has yet to make comments on the report.

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In addition, a Taliban spokesman told Reuters "several military vehicles" were seized, "along with a large quantity of ammunition".

Another attack was carried out in the province's capital of Farah, six police officers were killed in the assault. Rather than laying the ground for talks, the overture was created to weaken the resolve of the American public and elected officials to support the continued presence of US troops in Afghanistan and to drive a wedge between the Kabul government and the United States.

In January, the governor of Farah resigned, blaming political interference and corruption.

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