Panjwaye district


Panjwayi (also spelled Panjwaye, Panjwaii, Panjway or Panjwai) is a district in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan. It is widely considered the spiritual home of the Taliban and is located about 35 kilometres (22 mi) west of Kandahar. The district borders Helmand Province to the southwest, Maywand District to the west, Zharay District to the north, Arghandab, Kandahar and Daman districts to the east and Reg District to the south. The population was around 77,200 in 2006, most of which are peasants and poorly educated due to non-availability of schools. The district center is Bazar-e Panjwayi, located in the northern part of the district. The area is irrigated by the Helmand and Arghandab Valley Authority.[1]

Panjwayi is continually the site of fighting and emplacements of improvised explosive devices (IED), with the bulk of Canadian Forces' casualties taken from this district. The recent increase in ISAF forces, brought on about by the U.S. surge, have increase troop densities in Panjwayi, resulting in a greater ability on behalf of Afghan government and international forces to conduct operations and penetrate into former Taliban strongholds, especially villages in the "Horn of Panjwayi" such as Mushan, Talokan, Sperwan Ghar and Zangabad. These villages are considered the "Birthplace of the Taliban" and currently is considered one of the most dangerous regions of Afghanistan for Nato Forces. Still, the Taliban maintain a significant psychological and physical presence in the district.

Populated places

War in Afghanistan

2006 Battle of Panjwayi

Main article: Battle of Panjwayi

The district was the scene of the Battle of Panjwayi involving Canadian Forces and Taliban fighters and the theatre of the ISAF Operation Medusa, September 2006. NATO claimed to have killed over 500 Taliban insurgents.[2]

Kandahar massacre

Main article: Kandahar massacre

At around 3:00 AM on Sunday, March 11, 2012, a 38 year old U.S. Army [1]


Other events

On 16 November 2009 Canadian troops captured the Taliban-controlled village of Hajji Baba southwest of Kandahar City.[4]

See also

External links

  • AIMS District Map

References

  1. redirect Template:Districts of Afghanistan

Coordinates: 31°32′52″N 65°27′15″E / 31.54778°N 65.45417°E / 31.54778; 65.45417

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