In Doha, Afghanistan government and Taliban representatives failed to agree on a truce for the Eid al-Adha holiday.
Meanwhile, clashes all over the country continue. The situation remains tense in Parvan province, where the Taliban fighters are getting closer to the capital Kabul that remains under the government control.
On July 19, Taliban captured Najrab district, while ANA took control over Surkhe Parsa east of Kabul.
— Tariq Ghazniwal (@TGhazniwal1) July 19, 2021
The U.S. handed over new attack helicopters to Afghanistan government forces, after at least three helicopters were destroyed by Taliban in the recent days.
“The helicopters were delivered to Kabul today and are to be officially handed over to the Air Force in a special ceremony. According to the plan, more helicopters will be delivered to Afghanistan in the coming months,” Afghan National Army’s (ANA) Shokhin Corps 209 spokesman was quoted as saying on July 16.
According to the reports 7 UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters were delivered to Kabul. All of them are provided with all necessary equipment to accurate target designation at any time of the day.
The number of the helicopters that should be provided by the next batch was not unveiled.
The Taliban militants have recently claimed the destruction of at least three Afghan helicopters by their UAVs. (LINK, LINK) In total, the Afghan Air Force (AAF) have reportedly lost about 8 helicopters since the beginning of 2021.
AAF seems to be the last hope for Kabul. While loosing control over regions all over the country, AAF airstrikes inflict heavy human and material losses on the Taliban. This is the reason why AAF helicopters are an important target for militant’s UAV’s.
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