AT News Report
KABUL: At least 24 militants have been killed and the same number received injures after the Afghan security forces attacked their hideouts across the country in the past 24 hours, security officials said Wednesday.
In a press release, the Ministry of Defense (MoD) said the Afghan National Army (ANA) in collaboration with Afghan National Police (ANP) and National Directorate of Security (NDS) operatives conducted joint operations against insurgents in different areas of Kapisa, Parwan, Laghman, Ghazni, Kandahar, Sar-e-Pul, Balkh, Jawzjan, Takhar and Helmand provinces, in which 24 militants were killed and 24 others wounded.
This comes as recently the Afghan security forces detained a key member of the Taliban group in southern Kandahar province while attempting to cross the so-called borders to Pakistan—a crackdown on the group where the Afghan influential figures and US officials have been making all possible ways to get the Taliban to the table of talks with Kabul administration—who had been sidelined in the ongoing peace talks so far.
Provincial Police Chief Gen. Tadin Khan said the shadow governor of Taliban for Jaldak and Tarnak areas of Shahr-e-Safa city of Zabul has been arrested during the an operation which was conducted in Arghistan district of Kandahar province.
Crackdowns against Taliban have been escalated at a time when peace process is in full swing. According to US Department of State, Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad will lead an interagency delegation to Belgium, Germany, Turkey, Qatar, Afghanistan, and Pakistan from February 10 – 28.
This trip is part of an overall effort to facilitate a peace process that protects U.S. national security interests and brings all Afghan parties together in an intra-Afghan dialogue through which they can determine a path for their country’s future.