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Winter fighting takes heavy toll on Taliban; 146 rebels killed

AT-KABUL: With new defense minister at office and strategy change in fighting ground, the anti-Taliban winter operations have taken heavy toll on the Taliban insurgents as 49 of its fighters were killed Tuesday, while 97 other on Monday, a totally of (146) death casualties within a week.

97 Taliban insurgents were killed in the ongoing military operation against the extremist group in Shah Wali Kot district of southern Kandahar province.

In addition to that 23 other Taliban militants wounded in the multiple extensive military crackdowns across the country carried out by the Afghan security forces in the past 24 hours, statement from defense ministry said Tuesday.

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 Urzga, Kandahar, Kunar, Badghis, Nangarhar, Kapisa, Paktika, Maidan Wardak, Ghazni, Daykundi, Farah, Faryab and Helmand provinces, in which 49 insurgents killed and 23 others wounded, the statement added.

The Afghan National Defense and Security Forces shelled and bombed the enemies’ positions and sanctuaries by artilleries and air forces, it added.

During operations in the past 24 hours, 35 Taliban fighters killed, 13 wounded, three vehicles and five motorbike with some ammunition belonged to the enemy destroyed in Charchino, Khas Urzgan and Dehrawod district of Urzgan—six militants killed and four others wounded in Shah Walikot district of Kandahar—three insurgents killed and four others wounded in Qades district of Badghis province.

Similarly, three rebels killed and two others wounded in Giro district of Ghazni—two militants killed in Manogai district of Kunar province.

Moreover, 16 planed clearing operations, and 96 Special Forces operations conducted in different provinces; also, Air Forces conducted 86 aerial operations supporting Afghan National Army including 10 strikes on enemy’s sanctuaries, the statement added.

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