By Rafiullah Anwari
KABUL: At least 26 Taliban rebels were killed and 11 others were wounded during latest crackdowns conducted in southern Uruzgan and northern Samangan provinces, defense ministry said on Tuesday.
19 Taliban insurgents were killed during preemptive operations carried out by Afghan National Army (ANA) in Dehrawood district of Uruzgan province, according to the ministry’s statement.
They had gathered and prepared to attack ANDSF positions when they were targeted by ANA and Afghan Air Forces (AAF), the statement added.
Additionally, 11 Taliban insurgents were wounded and three of their strongholds and a large amount of their weapons were destroyed.
Separately, the ANDSF has repelled Taliban attacks across the Polkhumri – Samanghan highway. Seven Taliban were killed as a result of the counterattacks as well and the highway has been cleared from Taliban, the statement added.