Lashkar-e-Taiba is an active terrorist organization based in Pakistan whose goal is to challenge India’s sovereignty over Jammu and Kashmir.
Afghan authorities who are battling Taliban insurgency to win Helmand province in south of Afghanistan has told Ariana News that Pakistani intelligence officers are commanding the LeT militants.
Reports suggest that currently the insurgents are performing attacks against the governmental forces in a distance not more than 10 kilometer to Laskar Gah city, the capital of Helmand.
It seems that Taliban’s fighting tactics has been changed this year. The insurgents have been trained professionally to fight against the Afghan security forces.
Settlement of Taliban’s Quetta Shura in Helmand province, involvement of regional and international mafia in Helmand war, cultivation and production of the world narcotic drugs, illegal trade of alabaster stone and jobbery by governmental officials are the reasons of intensified war in Helmand.
But Taliban access to Iranian and Pakistani night weapons, snipers, and heavy weapons are the main reason why the war in Helmand is tough for Afghan forces this year.
Improvised Explosive Devices (IED’s) are another challenge for Afghan forces which leaves high causalities to governmental forces and prevents ground advancements.
According to the reports there are about 4,000 militants in 12 groups including the Taliban’s red group fighting against the government forces in the strategic Helmand province where officials reported that there are many ghost soldiers compare to number on the records.
Despite of all these challenges Afghan soldiers said that Taliban are not capable to fight face to face with them; therefore, they are using guerilla tactics such as planting mines, ambushes and suicide attacks.
Sediq Sediqi, spokesman for the ministry of interior said Taliban have experienced heavy causalities and our forces are more mobilized now.
Helmand is among the volatile provinces in south of Afghanistan where the insurgents are controlling many districts of the province and fighting have reached to Lashkar Gah the capital of the city.
Government deployed high ranking security officials including General Murad Ali Murad, deputy chief of staff of the Afghan Army with reinforcements to topple Taliban in the province after the group overrun Nawa district last week.
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On eve of peace talks, Ghani urges Taliban to stop planting roadside mines
President Ashraf Ghani on Thursday condemned the roadside mine incident in Kandahar earlier in the day and called on the Taliban to stop the violence and end their practice of planting IEDs.
In a series of tweets, Ghani condemned the incident and stated that this comes as the Taliban are “on the eve of peace and direct negotiations with the Afghan negotiating team.
اعلامیۀ مطبوعاتی در پیوند به تلفات ملکی ناشی از انفجار ماین طالبان در کندهار
ارگ، کابل: با تاسف فراوان امروز در منطقه زلخان ولسوالی پنجوایی ولایت کندهار در اثر انفجار ماین جاسازی شدۀ گروه طالبان، به شمول یک کودک، تعدادی از زنان و شمار دیگری از هموطنان ما شهید و زخمی گردیدند.
— ارگ (@ARG_AFG) August 13, 2020
“The Taliban should avoid violence specifically roadside mines which are the main cause of civilian casualties, and in order to reach a dignified and lasting peace, they should accept people and Loya Jirga’s voice.”
The president said the incident, which happened early Thursday in the Zalkhan area of Panjwai district of Kandahar province, resulted in a number of women, a child, and other Afghans being killed and wounded “as a result of a mine planted by the Taliban”.
Ghani expressed his deep condolences and sympathy to the families of those killed and wished the wounded a speedy recovery.
The incident happened when a vehicle, carrying a number of civilian passengers, hit a roadside IED.
This comes after at least eight civilians were killed in another roadside mine explosion in the same province on Sunday.
27 Taliban militants killed in Kandahar clashes
At least 27 Taliban militants were killed in ground clashes and airstrike in southern Kandahar province, police confirmed.
Jamal Nasir Barikzai, a spokesman for Kandahar police told Ariana News that the insurgents attacked security outposts in Marouf district of the province on around 10 p.m. Thursday.
According to Barikzai, seven militants were killed in the counterattack.
After clashes intensified US forces carried out an airstrike in the area, resulted in 20 deaths of Taliban fighters, he added.
The Afghan forces seized a Humvee vehicle, a number of weapons, mines, and ammo during the clashes.
Meanwhile, two policemen have been killed and six more injured in the incident.
Earlier this week, 30 Taliban fighters were killed in a US forces airstrike and police ambush in the province, Tadin Khan, police chief of Kandahar confirmed.
The Taliban yet make a comment about the incident.
25 Taliban militants killed, wounded in Kandahar clashes
At least 13 Taliban militants were killed and 12 others wounded in clashes with Afghan security forces in southern Kandahar province, police confirmed.
Jamal Nasir Barikzai, a spokesman for Kandahar police told Ariana News that the Taliban fighters attacked security outposts in Zherai and Takhta pul districts of the province on Tuesday which faced resistance by Afghan forces.
The militants stormed a security outpost in Zherai at around midnight Tuesday, in which at least 8 insurgents were killed and three others injured, Barikzai said.
He added that one policeman was killed and another was wounded in the shooting exchange.
Meanwhile, at least five Taliban fighters were killed and 9 others wounded as the group attacked a security outpost in the Bedak area of Takhta pul district on Tuesday night, Barikzai said, adding no security forces were harmed in the clash.
In a separate incident, the Taliban militants attacked an Afghan army outpost in Taluka area of Kunduz city on Tuesday, as a result, five soldiers were killed and 7 others wounded, a source said.
The spokesman for the provincial governor confirmed the attack but did not provide further details on casualties.
The Taliban militant group yet to make a comment in this regard.
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