Afghan security forces were supplemented by U.S. Special Operations Forces and U.S. air assets as they expelled a Taliban offensive for the city of Farah in western Afghanistan. The Taliban had infiltrated the city, but took heavy casualties as they were pushed back out — estimates vary, as they often do, but most estimates put the Taliban deaths in the hundreds. 25 Afghan Security Personnel were killed and many were wounded. Five civilians were also killed in the fighting.

Green Berets and A-10s supported the Afghan forces, but most officials are praising this as a decisive victory for the security forces. While the battle was a victory, the Taliban made a successful retreat, and according to the New York Times not a single shot was fired upon their exfil.

When the Taliban began their push to get into the city, the U.S. conducted airstrikes in conjunction with Afghan A-29s and Mi-17s. Watch them engage the Taliban here:

Different news organizations have begun to glean different conclusions from this battle. Some see it as a decisive victory that the Afghan security forces can, for the most part, claim for themselves. Others see it as proof that, although unsuccessful, the Taliban still have the confidence and manpower to make serious efforts to try to take key pieces of land like Farah.