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36 militants killed, 6 injured in Afghan air strikes in Helmand: MoD

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(Last Updated On: July 19, 2016)

ANA36 militants were killed and six others wounded in Afghan Air Forces (AAF) air attacks in southern Helmand province of Afghanistan, Afghan ministry of defense said in a statement released on Tuesday.

According to the statement the attacks were performed by Afghan forces in Sangin, Nahr-e-Saraj, Marja, and Gershk districts of Helmand province.

“11 Taliban militants including Mullah Hamza, the Taliban chief of provincial council commission, were killed in Gershk district while a weapons cache was also destroyed,” the statement said.

The statement added that another two attacks performed in Marja and Sangin districts killed 20 armed insurgents and injured six others.

Three Al-Qaeda terrorist network militants were also killed in a separate attack by Afghan forces in Nahr-e-Saraj district, the statement further continued.

The air attacks comes as reports Taliban trying to overrun Karwan Qala area of Sangin district emerged last night where they were faced by strong resistance of Afghan forces and were defeated, a statement by provincial governor office claimed.

Taliban militants has yet to make any comment about the incidents.

Helmand is among the volatile districts in southern Afghanistan where the Taliban militants are actively operating in a number of its districts and usually carry out coordinated attacks against the Afghan security forces.

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Talibans’ attack in Zabul reppresents the group continues violence

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(Last Updated On: March 21, 2020)

The Presidential Palace says that the Taliban’s attack in Zabul province represents the group is in the favor of continuing the violence, as it has just conducted an Infiltrated attack on an Afghan military base in Qalat city of Zabul province amidst the process of intra-Afghan dialogue.

Taliban started the first day of the Persian year, 1399, with war – killing 20 Afghan troopers. The government states this attack seriously affects the peace process.

Moreover, according to recent reports, six Afghan troopers have been killed in the Nejrab district of Kapisa province.

Latif Mahmood, the deputy spokesman of the Presidential Palace, said that the Taliban endangers the peace process by launching such attacks, and of course, it shows their disloyalty to the process.

In the meantime, Nickolas Kay NATO’s Senior Civilian Representative in Afghanistan, said in a tweet, “I condemn the savage Taliban attack on the Afghan security forces in Zabul. What kind of people can order and do this to fellow Afghans on the day of Nowruz, in the midst of a global pandemic & after professing a commitment to peace? Shameful.”

On the other hand, sources close to the Taliban say that the Afghan government has not acted upon their commitments with the Taliban.

According to them, the recent violence is possibly because of the government’s slow processing of the prisoner releases.

Shahzada Massoud, a politician, has expressed that the political leaders should come to an agreement and intra-Afghan negotiations should start to announce ceasefire in the country, otherwise, war will continue.

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Two U.S. Service Members Killed in Afghanistan

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(Last Updated On: January 11, 2020)

At least two U.S. service members were killed and two others wounded in an IED blast in Kandahar province, the NATO-led Resolute Support Mission said in a statement.

The incident took place on Saturday after an IED hits US forces vehicle.

According to the statement, the US service members were killed while conducting “operations as part of NATO’s Resolute Support Mission.”

“In accordance with the U.S. Department of Defense policy, the names of the service members killed in action will be withheld until 24 hours after notification of next of kin is complete,” read the statement.

However, the Taliban militant group in a statement has claimed the responsibility for the explosion.

This is the first casualty of the U.S. forces in 2020 in Afghanistan.

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Car Bomb Hit Army Outpost Khakrez District Kandahar

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(Last Updated On: January 5, 2020)

A car bomb targeted a military outpost in Khakrez district of southern Kandahar province, sources said.

A security source, on condition of anonymity, told Ariana News that the Taliban militants have carried out a car bomb attack on a military outpost in Shargha area of the district at around 10 am, Sunday.

According to the sources, a number of Afghan forces have been killed and wounded in the attack.

However, the provincial spokesman confirmed the incident, he denied providing further details.

Meanwhile, the Kandahar police spokesman, Jamal Nasir, said that the Taliban insurgents were planning to attack a National Army outpost but the Afghan forces eliminated the attackers in time.

He added that nine Taliban militants have been killed and six wounded in the crossfire.

On the other hand, the Taliban claim that dozens of Afghan forces have been killed and two have been taken captives in the clash.

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