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Afghan commandos arrived in Laghman to push Taliban offensive back

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KABUL: Hundreds of commando forces arrived in eastern Laghman province on Sunday to respond to the Taliban offensives in various parts of this province, officials said.

The fresh troops have the mission to clear the areas from the militant presence, which were lost to the Taliban in the past several days.

Taliban in the past several one week launched a major offensive against the Local Police and Afghan National Army’s Territorial Force (ANATF) members in Alishang, Alingar and Dawlat-Shah districts of the province.

During this offensive, Afghan forces retreated form a number of security check posts, some bases and district center of Dawlat-Shah to prevent civilian casualties as Taliban had been using civilians as human shield and their houses as fighting positions.

Representatives of Laghman province in Afghan parliament say Taliban have gathered their fighters from several eastern provinces for the attack on Laghman, which holds strategic importance for the government and militants in east of Afghanistan.

The province share border with eastern Nangarhar, Kunar, Nuristan, Panjshir, Kapisa and Kabul provinces and is considered as the gateway of the capital.

Security officials have promised to carry out a major clearance operation to push the Taliban back and to clear those areas, which were lost to the militants during the past one week clashes.

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