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Afghan forces keep pressing militants; 37 killed nationwide

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KABUL: In the wake of peace efforts with the Taliban group, the Afghan security forces have killed at least 37 of them and wound 14 others in fresh military crackdowns conducted across the country in the past 24 hours.

The ministry of defense on Friday said the Afghan security forces conducted 11 military operations, 79 small-range special operations, in which at least 37 terrorists were killed.

These anti-militant operations carried out in 11 provinces, the ministry said, in which twenty Taliban fighters were killed in Andar and Qara Bagh districts of eastern Ghazni province. According to the statement, 10 other Taliban militants received injures in the raids.

Over the period, other 10 Taliban insurgents were killed in outskirts of Tinrinkot, the capital city of southern Uruzgan province, the statement furthered, whiel in Sayayd district of Sar-i-Pul, five Taliban insurgents killed and four others wounded.

Separately, two insurgents killed were killed in two provinces—Helmand and Laghman, while four other detained along with ammunition in eastern Nangarhar province, the statement added.

This comes as President Ashraf Ghani, who is attending the Munich Security Conference in Germany, met with U.S. Special Representative for Afghan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad and discussed recent developments on peace in the region.

According to the statement, Khalilzad “reiterated that the U.S. government is committed to playing a facilitative role in the peace process under the umbrella of Afghan government.”

“Good meeting with President Ashraf Ghani in Munich. We discussed next steps on consultative Loya Jirga and the urgent necessity of an intra-Afghan dialogue, as well as key regional developments. We are united in our pursuit of peace,” Khalilzad wrote in his twitter.

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