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US air force targets Taliban position in northern Afghanistan, media reports

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KABUL: Some Western media outlets report that the United States military had pounded by drone attacks Friday just hours before President Ghani’s meeting with his American counterpart Joe Biden in the White House.

The Fox News has cited officials in the Pentagon, saying that the US army had launched two drone strikes on the insurgent position in the northern provinces of Afghanistan, where Taliban have recently had worrying advances, taking control of several districts in the provinces of Badakhshan, Takhar, Kunduz and Baghlan.

Ghani flew to Washington late Wednesday Kabul time to meet the US officials including President Joe Biden. Biden reaffirmed commitments over continuing helping of Afghan defense and security forces post their troop withdrawal that is expected to be complete in July, according to reports.

The drone strikes were launched in the provinces of Baghlan and Kunduz, according to reports.

Taliban in a statement condemned the drone strikes on their positions, calling them as “provocative” that could pave the ground for reaction.

Taliban intensified attacks on Afghan forces, government institutions and civilians some two months back when Biden announced the withdrawal of the American troops. The militants have so far captured more than 50 of 378 districts across the country.

The government of President Ghani is using different sources including arming of former jihadi commanders and youth in the rural areas to stop Taliban advance.

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