Taliban troops repulse offensive in northern Afghanistan
January 22, 1997
Web posted at: 11:30 a.m. EST (1630 GMT)
CHARIKAR, Afghanistan (CNN) -- Taliban fighters on Wednesday
repulsed a major offensive launched by opposition forces to
retake a provincial capital in northern Afghanistan.
For six hours, jet fighters belonging to warlord Rashid
Dostum bombarded the Parwan capital of Charikar as ground
troops tried to push Taliban forces out of their front-line
It was not immediately clear if there were any casualties.
The Taliban religious militia, which has imposed its version
of strict Islamic rule in two-thirds of Afghanistan, seized
Charikar, about 30 miles (50 km) north of the Afghan capital
of Kabul, last week. The Taliban has been trying to wrest
the northern third of the country from Dostum and former
Afghan government forces.
Reuters contributed to this report.
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