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Afghan forces kill 210 Taliban fighters in counterattacks, as violence mounting

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KABUL: The Afghan security forces killed 210 Taliban insurgents in a series of operations across Afghanistan, the latest flare-up in violence as the two sides intensified hostilities in the wake of a fragile peace process.

The surge in violence took an upsurge after foreign troops withdrawal announcement made by the US President Joe Biden, a move many world leaders see as irresponsible and inappropriate. All foreign troops may exit on 11 September.

The Afghan ministry of defense said that a mixture of ground and air assaults against the Taliban in different areas in  Nangarhar, Laghman, Khost, Ghazni, Logar, Paktika, Zabul, Badghis, Ghor, Faryab, Balkh, Jawzjan, Samangan, Baghlan, Badakhshan and Kundoz also destroyed Taliban ammunition depots.

A spokesman for the Ministry of Defense, Fawadn Aman said Saturday that the military stings conducted by the Afghan security forces in the last 24 hours, in which 95 other Taliban insurgents were wounded.

Mr. Aman also talked about a bridge that was exploded by the Taliban.

“Taliban blew up and destroyed a bridge in Imam Sahib District of Kunduz province and the Afghan National Army will rebuild the bridge soon,” he said.

The Taliban did not comment on the news so far.

This is as recently the authorities in the ministry of defense said that 62 people were freed from a Taliban prison in northern Baghlan province, a day after 41 hostages were freed from another Taliban prison in western Herat province.

The Afghan Commando Special Forces in the past two days raided two Taliban compounds that were used as jails, holding dozens members of the Afghan security forces and civilians.

The Commandos stormed to a Taliban prison in Nawrozak village of Baghlan Markazi district in Baghlan province and released 62 hostages, including 36 security force members

“The hostages were harshly tortured by the enemy,” the statement added.

Four Taliban insurgents, responsible for protecting the prison, were killed during the rescue operation.

Moreover, the Afghan security forces raided a Taliban prison in Marwah village of Pashtoon Zarghoon district of western Herat province and freed 41 people, including 19 members of the Afghan security forces that were being taken hostage by the Taliban.

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