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Security forces retake Dashti-e-Archi after two years

AT-KABUL: After two days of battle between the security forces and Taliban militants, finally the government forces have cleared Dashti-e-Archi district of northern Kunduz province from the miscreants and retaken control of the district, officials said on Wednesday.

The deputy chief of army staff Gen. Murad Ali Murad said that in the two-day intense operation hundreds of Taliban fighters including their key commanders were killed. He said that security check-posts were established in different areas of the district and heavy contingent of police and troops was deployed.

He furthered that there were no civilian casualties during the offensive. He said that the offensive was very useful and well-planned. He said the main base of Taliban insurgents have been destroyed in the district and all insurgents have been eliminated.

The deputy chief of army staff went on to say that a large-scale operation would be launched soon to retake Darqad district of northern Takhar province. However, the security forces would remain in Dashti-e-Archi for a while, he said.

Local officials said that the offensive was backed by air support which targeted the insurgents’ vehicles.

The district was the main centre of the Taliban insurgents from where they have launched many attacks on Kunduz and other parts of the northeastern Afghanistan.

The Taliban insurgents have not yet commented regarding the offensive.

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